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Choosing a Child Care Facility that Fits2

Choosing a Child Care Facility that Fits

This training for parents raises some interesting points. Can you say that you are ready for parents to evaluate your program using these 5 "P"s? - Ed. BASICspaces (Building Academic Success in Childhood Spaces) works with communities to improve the quality of local child care centers. BASICspaces...

Great Places to be a Baby

Great Places to be a Baby

The baby's first place is a person. When young infants enter child care, they have come from a place of flesh and fluid; first inside that place, and subsequently, almost always attached to adjacent to that place — mother. Physical and emotional contact between the baby and the mother/place...

Separation and Reunion

Separation and Reunion

GOOD-BYES ARE OFTEN PAINFUL Staff needs to acknowledge that the pain of separating is real for parents and children. This is so even for a child who has been coming to child care for some time and is apparently settled in. Even when a child knows the teacher and the program, enjoys his time at the...

What Kind of Place for Child Care

Child Care in the 21st Century

So what kind of place is a child care center or home to be? Twenty five years ago when I first considered the question, we were raising a generation of subterranean children. The answer to what kind of place in practice was clear: crowded, quite possibly underground, almost all square footage...

The View From the Door

The View From the Door

Early childhood environments that are engaging and responsive to the needs of children and professionals take into account the incredible diversity that is in each classroom. Not only is the classroom comprised of a variety of individuals with unique ways of viewing and interacting with the world...

Creating Indoor Environments

Creating Indoor Environments for Young Children

HOW TEACHERS CAN CREATE EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS The components of a learning environment are many and can be overwhelming. What should an environment for young children look like? How do you create an environment that supports learning and meets children’s basic needs? Below is a...

What All Children Need

What All Children Need

All children need a rich early childhood, richness accessible to them: their special gifts and special needs. CHILDREN NEED AN ENVIRONMENT RICH IN EXPERIENCE “The child’s mode of being in the world is such that the world becomes an invitation. It is things in the beckoning world that...

Designing Quality Childcare

Designing Quality Child Care Facilities

The physical environment can either contribute to children's development and support staff and parent goals or create a permanent impediment to the operation of a high quality program. Designing a high-quality, developmentally appropriate child care facility is a highly complex task which requires...

Places for Babies

Places for Babies

Imagine a room with light streaming in the windows, shadows dancing on the floors and walls, and a richly textured world of different shapes and sizes of furniture to climb on, over, around, and in—with places to just sit, places to snuggle. It is a room where you can sometimes make wild...

Infant room

What is Quality?

Imagine the ideal infant room. Natural light streams through the windows. Different shapes and sizes of furniture provide an intriguing, richly textured world to explore. A large, open area invites large motor play. Soft, cozy spaces to sit or snuggle are scattered throughout the room. There is a...

Home away from home

Home Away From Home

Upon entering a massive cathedral, we feel small and insignificant. The quiet atmosphere of a library can make us feel calm and studious. The sensory overload of color, light, and noise in a discount super-store is instantaneous. The environments we find ourselves in have a profound effect on our...

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