When the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment was conducted in the spring of 2014, 40% percent of centers in which on-site assessments were conducted were observed to have water stained ceiling tiles. A water stained ceiling tile is more than just an aesthetic issue. This can be a sign of any number of building issues that include; problems with the HVAC system, roof leaks, plumbing leaks and attic condensation. Many of these issues could be serious and require follow-through to address the root cause of the problem. One of the primary residual concerns related to damp ceiling tiles is mold. Mold creates significant indoor air quality issues and many cause serious health concerns, particularly for young children. Learn more about mold by reading the Environmental Protection Agency’s fact sheet on mold for child care facilities.