The nonprofit lender and real estate consultant works to transform low-income and disinvested communities in the Midwest using the tools of community development finance, bolstered by data and place-based research. This grant supports the initial planning and development activities related to the creation of the first high-quality early childhood education center in Detroit. This center will be multi-disciplinary, co-locating health, human services, and financial stability supports for the whole family in one neighborhood location. This grant is the beginning of the planning process for the first center and will help to outline the ongoing financing, programmatic content, governance, and decision making model, location, community engagement, design and stakeholder engagement. It will also create a blueprint and playbook for future center development.