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 the center.This paper describes the interaction between building design and the quality of child care in more detail. It offers examples of effective efforts in Rhode Island and Connecticut to create superior child care facilities and recommends further steps to bring the issue more squarely into the discussion of what both communities and children need for health, growth, and success.
Date Published: 06/28/2004
Author: Tony Proscio, Carl Sussman & Amy Gillman