January 2015  |  An educational eNewsletter for Rhode Island-based child care and early education providers


In This Issue
Countdown to Launch
Informational Sessions Registration
Recognizing a Member of Our Team
Cleaning your Facilities
Join Our Mailing List

Upcoming Events

Learn more about accessing funding 

for facilities! 

There are two ways that you can learn more about the grant application process and other funding and services available through the RICCELFF. On our website www.riccelff.org you can watch an instructional video that will guide you through the process of applying for funding or other types of support from the RICCELFF. You can watch this video at any time and from any location. If you have additional questions that are not answered in the video you can post those in the forum section of the website and answers will be posted daily.

If you would prefer to attend an "in-person" informational session we are offering those as well. Space is limited so please register early!


Informational Sessions

January 15, 2015

CCRI Providence Campus

Room 1126
Click below to register


Session I

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Session II

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 

Session III

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Frequently Asked Questions - What is the Davis Bacon Act?


The Davis-Bacon Act requires payment of prevailing wages on federally funded or assisted construction projects. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to each federal government or District of Columbia contract in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Many federal laws that authorize federal assistance for construction through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance are Davis-Bacon "Related Acts." The "Related Acts" include provisions that require Davis-Bacon labor standards apply to most federally assisted construction.

Centers receiving capital grant funding through the new Early Learning Facilities Improvement Grants program will be required to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act since federal funds are being used to fund these grants. You can read a helpful fact sheet on Davis-Bacon HERE.




The Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund (RICCELFF) is an innovative public-private partnership dedicated to expanding access to quality child care and early education opportunities throughout Rhode Island. The RICCELFF provides the capital and technical expertise that child care and early learning centers need to improve the quality and capacity of their physical space. The RICCELFF provides a combination of training, technical assistance, grant funding and flexible, affordable financing for a wide range of indoor and outdoor projects including minor renovations or construction of new, state-of-the art facilities and playground spaces. Click the logo below to learn more about what the RICCELFF can offer your program.





Happy New Year! 

Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year from all of us at the Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund! We look forward to working in partnership with you throughout 2015 to create amazing places for children to learn, grow and be inspired!

Photo credit: Studio MLA www.studiomla.com


Countdown to January 12, 2015...        

On January 12, 2015 the new Rhode Island Child Care and Early Learning Facilities Fund will officially launch and be open for business! The RICCELFF builds on the momentum of LISC's existing Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund, which has been in operation since 2001. Our newly designed child care and early learning facilities website will be live on January 12, 2015. It can be accessed from the Rhode Island LISC site at www.rilisc.org or directly by visiting www.riccelff.org. The site will offer an extensive and searchable resource library, on-line applications for funding and technical assistance, and an interactive forum that will allow you to ask questions, share ideas and engage in discussions about best practice in child care and early learning facility design.

Beginning on January 12, 2015, qualified and eligible organizations will be able to apply for capital and planning grants on-line. A total of $800,000 is currently available for facility grants. Organizations can apply for:

Planning grants in the range of $5,000 - $20,000Planning grants can be used to pay professionals such as architects, engineers, landscape architects and playground professionals. These grants are intended to help organizations accomplish the following: 
  • Determine the costs of a proposed project
  • Determine the feasibility of a proposed project
  • Develop a plan to prioritize needed facility improvements
  • Develop a plan to address health and safety issues indoors or on playgrounds
Capital grants in the range of $10,000 - $50,000. These grants can be used for actual construction/renovation work in qualified child care facilities. Priority uses for these funds include addressing licensing issues; major health and safety concerns; and barriers to moving up the quality ladder. Priority will be given to organizations serving high need children that can demonstrate an ability to complete the proposed project in a timely manner; provide matching funding; and manage a construction project that includes Davis Bacon compliance.

Beginning on January 12, 2015 the RICCELFF will also be instituting an application process for technical assistance. RICCELFF staff and consultants cannot take the place of your real estate team, but can provide substantial support as you undertake facility projects. The following are examples of the types of technical assistance the RICCELFF can provide: 

  • Navigating the overall real estate development process
  • Finding and contracting with your real estate development team
  • Obtaining playground audits, prioritizing needs and implementing improvement plans
  • Conducting facility assessments, prioritizing needs and implementing improvement plans
  • Developing a fundraising/financing plan for your project

We look forward to working with all of you in 2015!


Recognizing a Member of Our Team:        

The RICCELFF team is made up of talented staff and expert consultants with specialized expertise in the field of child care and early learning environments and facility design and development. This month we want to congratulate our lead technical consultant, Mike Lindstrom of Studio MLA www.studiomla.com who will soon be heading to New Zealand to present at the World Forum on Design and Nature. Mike will join other architects, landscape architects, planners, educators, funders, and elected officials at this international conference on designing inspiring and effective spaces for children. As co-chair of the Childcare Design Program Committee, Mike has taken an active role in organizing this conference as a follow up to the 2012 Child Care Design Conference held in Berkeley, California. Childcare design specialists from around the world will be presenting and leading workshops at this exciting forum! Visit WorldForumFoundation.org/ to learn more about this inspirational conference. 

Cleaning your Child Care and Early Learning Facilities 

Cold and flu season are upon us! Keeping your center as clean as possible is an important step in managing the spread of illness. The State of Connecticut Department of Health has published helpful cleaning guidelines that apply to child care and early learning centers in any state. You can download a copy of these guidelines HERE.


In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency has published a Checklist for use by child care and early education providers on Green Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting. You can download this checklist HERE.
Finally, during winter months when windows are opened only rarely and less time is spent outside, it is more important than ever to pay attention to indoor air quality. A comprehensive overview of this topic can be found in the handout, Health and Safety Notes from the California Childcare Health Program, available HERE.
A more comprehensive guide to Indoor Air Quality has been published by the Children's Environmental Health Project and is available for download HERE