Supporting Quality Care and Education
Child care. True community-building must extend beyond housing and direct economic development. Quality child care is essential to supporting working parents and giving kids a healthy start in life. More than two decades ago, Self-Help was an early pioneer in providing financing for child care providers, with a focus on female business owners who serve low-income communities.
Public charter schools. Self-Help began lending to public charter schools in 1998, seeking to support social entrepreneurs who were working to provide strong educational choices in low-income communities. We focus on high-performing schools that prioritize service to children poorly served by existing options.
To date, our loans have helped create 84,000 school and childcare spaces.
Success for Every Student
Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) is a nonprofit public charter school in Rhode Island that serves mostly low-income elementary students. A $3.9 million loan from Self-Help helped BVP expand to accommodate nearly 1,000 more students.