Facilities Tools for Childcare Centers
Practical how-to information related to facilities.
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children: “The physical environment sets the stage and creates the context for everything that happens in any setting—a classroom, a play year, a multi-purpose room. It is a place where children and staff spend long hours each day; where routine needs are met; where relationships develop, skills are learned, abilities are enhanced, and attitudes toward school and learning are formed. For all these things to happen well, program planners must carefully design the physical environment.” First Children’s understands the opportunity that planning new or refreshed space can provide a child care business in assessing their future, aligning with the dreams they have for the children they care for. To support the child care businesses in their goals for quality early childhood facilities, First Children’s Finance received permission from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide their four resource guides for developing and designing child care facilities. We want to take this opportunity to thank them for this support of early childhood businesses.
Resource Guide—Volume 1: Developing Early Childhood Facilities
Published by LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK). This first volume in a set of four published by LISC in 2005 identifies all of the steps in the real estate development and financing process, and helps early childhood providers and their partners carry out early feasibility and planning activities, building an appropriate project development team, selecting and acquiring a site, raising money, and completing construction.
Resource Guide—Volume 2: Designing Early Childhood Facilities
Published by LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK). Volume 2 on Designing Early Childhood Facilities highlights the connection between well-designed space and high quality programming, and helps early childhood providers, community developers, and architects plan effective spaces for young children. The guide includes an overview of design principles, a tour through a center’s functional areas, and information on materials, lighting, security, urban settings and accessibility.
Resource Guide—Volume 3: Equipping and Furnishing Early Childhood Facilities
Published by LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK). Volume 3 on Equipping and Furnishing Early Childhood Facilities helps early childhood providers and others select and arrange classroom furniture and equipment to create a child-safe, child-friendly, functional and attractive physical environment.
Resource Guide—Volume 4: Creating Playgrounds for Early Childhood Facilities
Published by LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK). Volume 4 on Creating Playgrounds for Early Childhood Facilities assists with the planning of an early childhood center’s outdoor space to achieve a successful natural environment for young children. This guide suggests equipment and materials that support a range of activities that children can enjoy outdoors.
Resource Guide—Greening Early Childhood Centers
Published by LISC in October 2010, Greening Early Childhood Centers is the latest in a series of educational resource guides developed by LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK), detailing environmentally-sound building design and facility management practices tailored specifically to the needs of this sector. Created in collaboration with LISC’s Green Development Center, this guide focuses on high-impact green design and capital investment strategies that can be implemented over the long term, as well as low-cost/no-cost ideas for physical improvements, environmental education and facilities operations that early childhood centers can undertake right away.
Center Sources and Uses
If you are planning a specific project for your child care center, you can use this form to help you figure out the costs related to the project and identify where the funds are coming from to pay for it.
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