Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space is the latest volume in LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids’ series of practitioner resource guides, and reflects best practices in the design of high-quality physical environments for school-age children from kindergarten through eighth grade.By offering a place for innovative learning, creative play and relationship building, facilities for school-age child care programs have the potential to be vital community centers that support the needs of children, parents and schools. Whether a school-age program is planning modest improvements to its existing facility or undertaking major renovation or construction, this guide offers strategies for designing and equipping space in a way that supports program goals and activities. Since many after-school programs face serious space constraints, often operating in shared, borrowed and rented facilities in schools, churches or community centers, this guide includes many simple, low-cost solutions that can be easily implemented in any setting.
Published by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Written by Katie Winter (Katie Winter Architecture) and Ruth Gyuse and originally published in 2011.
Updated by the LISC National and Local Rhode Island Child Care Teams 2020.