Child development centers are designed to give children opportunities for exploration and discovery.

There are many different types of centers including those for profit, non-profit, private, public, faith-based programs, and family child care homes.

Educational Approaches

The design of the classroom ideally reflects the curricular approach of the center. These are brief descriptions of the classroom as it is reflected by the curriculum.

A center that implements a constructivist approach would offer children learning centers for enhancing their development.

Reggio Emilia inspired centers focus on projects with a visual emphasis and natural elements.

The Montessori Model is a curricular approach that focuses on hands-on activity with specific didactic manipulatives.

A center that subscribes to the Project Approach offers children a variety of learning centers with spaces for large scale, long-term project work.

General Recommendations

Each child development center is designed to reflect the unique characteristics of the curriculum, teachers, children,
and location.

Art display areas located at a child's eye level are ideal for viewing work.

Natural daylighting on two walls in a classroom controls glare within the space which can be distracting to young children.

Accent color on walls offers an area for visual focus for children by differentiating the wall color.

Small animals and non-toxic plants provide natural connections for children in the interior space.