Category Archives: Resources


RICCELFF Fast Facts: Outdoor Playspace


RICCELFF Fast Facts: Selecting an “Outdoor Playspace” Designer for your Project Outdoor playspaces may be designed by professionals with varied backgrounds, but, typically those professionals will have backgrounds and licensure as; landscape architects, landscape designers, architects, contractors, or playground equipment sales representatives.  

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RICCELFF Fast Facts:­ Contractor


RICCELFF Fast Facts: Securing a Contractor for your Project Here are some additional steps to take to find a contractor in your community: Ask other child care / early education programs for their recommendations Check with other similar businesses (adult care facilities, health facilities, schools, etc.) for recommendations on contractors they have used Talk to […]

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RICCELFF Fast Facts:­ Architect


RICCELFF Fast Facts:­ Securing an Architect for your Project You can access a list of licensed architects in the State of Rhode Island at www.riccelff.org/resources/selecting-professionals – if they are not licensed in the State of Rhode Island you should generally not use them for your project! (Note that there may be some exceptions to this […]

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Needs Assessment Report


This report details the findings of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment conducted by LISC’s Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) from January through May 2014. The report includes detailed information regarding the overall condition of Rhode Island early learning facilities with a particular focus on issues that may present barriers to […]

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Child Care Facilities: Quality by Design


Discussions about the quality of child care most often revolve around what takes place inside any given child care center: curriculum and program content, adult-child ratios, teacher qualifications, and so on. Yet many of those factors — and ultimately, the quality of care in general — depend in no small part on the design of […]

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Developing Early Childhood Facilities


Volume 1 on Developing Early Childhood Facilities 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. Date Published: 10/13/2005 Author: […]

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Designing Early Childhood Facilities


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 […]

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Equipping and Furnishing Early Childhood Facilities


Volume 3 on Equipping and Furnishing Early Childhood Facilities  originally published in June of 2005, is designed to help you with selecting furnishings and equipment that make your space usable and comfortable, child-safe and child-friendly, and attractive and functional for your needs. The careful selection and arrangement of furnishings is an essential step in transforming […]

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Creating Playgrounds for Early Childhood Facilities


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. Date Published: 10/13/2005 Author: Mav Pardee, Amy Gillman, and […]

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Greening Early Childhood Centers


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 […]

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