Early Learning Facilities

Title Abstract Publication Date
2007 Architectural Portfolio: Pre-K/Early Childhood Education. Profiles five outstanding new early education facilities selected for their innovation, sustainability, security, aesthetics, and life-cycle costs. Project information and photographs are included. (... 10/31/2007
A Flexible School for Early Childhood Education in Italy. Profiles this flexible early childhood facility that accommodates children's development and the different ways they experience space, according to their age. The facility includes a nursery... 06/30/2008
A New Slant on Preschool. Profiles the custom prefabricated construction of the two-classroom Montessori Children's Center in San Francisco The spatial programming and design ideas respond to the curriculum by... 12/31/2006
A Place of Discovery. Describes the design of the John E. Uxer Head Start Complex in El Paso, Texas, including the educational context and design goals. Includes information on the architects, manufacturers/suppliers, and... 06/30/2003
A Question of Privacy: Places to Pause and Child Caves When given the chance, children seek out and create private places in the midst of busy days. This article advises centers to design protected places where small groups or a single child can retreat... 11/09/1996
A Room to Learn. Rethinking Classroom Environments. Based on the latest research about how children learn, this book helps teachers make their classrooms into creative spaces that facilitate teaching and learning. Geared toward showing teachers how to... 05/31/2011
Addressing Center Size: A Village of Interconnected Houses for Very Large Centers Examines the size of child care centers as a factor in designing developmentally appropriate facilities. Proposes as a general principle that, whenever a center is to house more than 75 children, it... 08/31/1996
Adults are from Earth; Children are from the Moon. Designing for Children: A Complex Challenge. Describes ways children may co-opt elements of their environment for learning and play, rather than the uses for which they were intended. Design considerations that encourage appropriate and... 12/31/2003
Advancement Project's Policy Recommendations on Facilities for Preschool and Early Education. Reviews the Project's response to improving student achievement in California schools. The group maintains that there are preschool spaces for only 80 percent of the state's children, that... 10/18/2007
Aesthetic Code in Early Childhood Classrooms: What Art Educators Can Learn from Reggio Emilia. This article compares the messages contained in the physical environments of early childhood classrooms in Reggio Emilia, Italy, with typical early childhood settings in Canada and the United States... 09/30/2001
Amiable Space in the Schools of Reggio Emilia: an Interview with Lella Gandini. Presents an interview that discusses the acclaimed early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy. The history, educational principles, and how the space supports those principles are... 12/31/1992
Architecture and Design for Young Children. International Award Winners 2005 Winners of an international award for architecture and design for young children run by Children in Scotland, in association with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, The Organisation... 08/31/2005
Assessing the Physical Environment in an Early Childhood Program Describes Montessori's vision of a developmentally appropriate physical environment, considers some effective design principles and characteristics of environments for young children, and... 06/30/1999
Back to Nature. Explains how Minnesota's first nature-center-based preschool supports its curriculum with a home-like, child-friendly country house design. Several photos are included. 12/31/2000
Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments: Fuji Kindergarten, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan. Description of a kindergarten building with open teaching spaces and large playground areas designed to allow children to mix and move around at will. 12/31/2010
Building Blueprints: Early Childhood Centers. Discusses early childhood educational design, citing the principles of the Reggio Emilia model and how building design proceeds from that program. The role of community and the common space, larger-... 06/30/2007
Building Blueprints: Early Childhood Centers. Addresses early childhood center design, citing the experience of Illinois' Naperville Community Unit School District. The particular design challenges of early childhood facilities are... 09/30/2009
Building Blueprints: Early Childhood Spaces. Profiles the United Cerebral Palsy Bailes Campus in Orlando. Principles of universal design enable students of every ability to share the same spaces. Calming colors, indoor and outdoor wheelchair... 04/30/2011
Building Blueprints: Kindergarten Classrooms. Advises on the design of kindergarten classrooms, emphasizing the available of intimate spaces for individual and small group activities, natural light and access to nature, thermal comfort,... 10/31/2010
Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality. Outlines what is known about the value of well-designed early childhood facilities and makes recommendations for state policies that will help develop adequate early childhood facilities. The report... 03/31/2007
Care for Their Air: Asthma Pilot Project for Head Start and Child Care Learning Settings Listen to Heidi LeSane and LaShon Blakely (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Dorothy Mabry (Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families), Stephanie... 10/23/2011
Carriage House Children's Center. Profiles this early childhood learning facility that occupies a renovated school that was once dilapidated and slated for demolition, but is now LEED Gold certified. Building statistics, a list of... 10/31/2009
CDC Guidance on Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Respond to Influenza during the 2009-2010 Influenza Season. Provides guidance to help decrease the spread of influenza among children in early childhood programs and among early childhood providers during the 2009-2010 flu season. The guidance provides a menu... 09/03/2009
Changing the Paradigm of Prepared Environments: The Princeton Montessori School Experience. Describes the three-stage growth of the Princeton (New Jersey) Montessori School. Examines how the philosophy of prepared environments evolved over 12 years upon reflection of concepts such as user-... 06/30/1999
Child Care by Design: Resource Guide. In Canada today, more than a million children spend a large portion of their preschool years in child care outside the immediate family. Intended to assist design and child care professionals who are... 12/31/1994

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