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Chicago, Illinois



This grant provides project support to IFF to expand the Learning Spaces grant program to improve early childhood facilities quality and to provide targeted technical assistance to early childhood (ECE) providers in the Livernois-McNichols district. This grant will continue supporting a citywide Learning Spaces program, which was piloted through a Kresge grant in 2015, with the addition of a new, targeted focus on supporting providers in the Livernois-McNichols district. This refined, neighborhood-based approach to Learning Spaces will support Kresge’s efforts to leverage the new Marygrove ECE Center as a catalyst to improve the overall quality of neighboring providers, and develop a place-based model that contextualizes technical assistance to ECE providers within specific, unique needs of their neighborhood.