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Building Child Care Into New Developments: A Guide For Creating Child Care Facilities In Transit-Oriented Developments

Whether your TOD is creating a new urban destination, rejuvenating a dormant downtown, or crafting a lively new suburban village, including a child care facility can help you win projects, obtain incentives and bonuses, garner community support and attract financial partners.

Child Care At Transit-Oriented Developments—An Innovative Idea

Simply put, including a child care center in a transit-oriented development (TOD) can help move the project forward to completion. This guide will show you how other developers have benefited from incorporating child care centers in their plans. It’s full of hands-on case studies, tips and resources for private and non-profit developers—and for city planning, transit, or redevelopment agencies.

Communities, cities and development and transit agencies are increasingly recognizing child care as an economic driver—as essential as jobs and housing. As a result, they are finding innovative ways to help support child care facilities, such as using transportation funds. Smart growth and congestion manage­ment, air quality, green industry and other funding sources can also be tapped.

Many local governments are even incorporating child care goals and policies into their general plans. San Leandro, California, intends to grant incentives to developers to create child care facili­ties in projects that meet a certain size threshold. And San Diego County, California, aims to sup­port child care facilities at transportation hubs and to require mitigation or incentives to encourage developers to include child care facilities in new developments. Transit agencies, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) are providing for child care in their planning documents.

Across the nation, in both urban and rural areas, near rail stations and bus hubs, at-capacity child care centers are proving to be an important community component, along with housing and retail. In California, there are already a dozen TODs with child care, and more are in the planning stages.

This is an exciting time to include child care in a TOD. TODs are exploding in popularity—driven by population growth, long commutes, and our search for a better quality of life. The overall market demand for child care is also high, driven by the need for new child care facilities and for improved facilities for existing child care programs.

We hope that you’ll find these ideas, tools and tips helpful as you plan for including child care in your TOD.