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Care Access Real Estate

A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

Why we invest in real estate for early care & education

Investing in Real Estate to Increase Quality Child Care

In almost every community in the country, there is less supply than demand for child care. Yet even quality providers with long waitlists rarely have the resources they need to expand in order to meet the need. With the pandemic forcing many providers out of business, increasing availability of child care is critical to get families back to work.

The Mission Driven Finance Care Access Real Estate (CARE) Investment Trust is a real estate investment strategy that expands the availability of quality child care. A diversified portfolio of commercial and residential properties, the CARE Investment Trust is designed to unlock the full potential and aspirations of center- and home-based providers.

Investing in homes as child care infrastructure

Child Care Next Door

Over 91,000 licensed family child care homes in America cared for almost 800,000 children in 2019, making home-based child care an essential feature of our nation’s child care infrastructure.

With support from the National Children’s Facilities Network and United Domestic Workers Child Care Providers United, Mission Driven Finance produced a short video highlighting the importance of investing in homeownership as a way for home child care providers to thrive.

Aligning the Goals of Investors, Providers & Communities

The CARE Investment Trust focuses on three key elements for collective success:

Capital: We leverage access to capital and cost structures at scale to finance and build quality facilities.

Capacity: We help individual providers acquire real estate with our team’s expertise and service.

Community: We help providers build wealth alongside investors, and activate community partnerships that encourage inclusive, equitable, and thriving local economies.

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Using a localized investment model to bring financial resources and expertise

Our child care homes and facilities are operated by in-demand, experienced providers identified and supported by on-the-ground community partners, with an emphasis on those that provide living wages and serve families under 200% of the area median income.

The CARE Investment Trust is designed to acquire and renovate facilities and homes that:

  • Help center-based providers expand and balance investment and lease affordability with financial returns
  • Help family child care businesses gain stability, wealth, and resilience through homeownership, using shared equity to create collective success
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Channeling massive, risk-mitigated capital from investors to expand the availability of quality child care

The investment trust’s core intention is to build inclusive and equitable community economic systems. Many traditional real estate investment structures are extractive—where the wealth generated leaves the community that generated it in the first place.

The CARE Investment Trust will do the opposite. It will build wealth and infrastructure inside communities that will govern the investments.

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