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  1. 1. 50 Ways to Improve your Center Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED      +       David Del Campo, MS Ed Workshop is available online at www.shilale.com/50ways
  2. 2. 50 Ways to Improve your Center “Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.” Maria Montessori
  3. 3. 50 Ways to Improve your Center “First we shape  our  environments,  thereafter our  Winston Churchill environments  shape us”
  4. 4. 50 Ways to Improve your Center “The  environment  is  the  third teacher” Reggio Emilia, Loris Malaguzzi Loris Malaguzzi
  5. 5. 50 Ways to Improve your Center “Today child in center based care..spends and average of 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year essentially within the four walls of one room. Anita Olds 3 months – 5 yrs    12,500 hours K‐12th grade 12,500 hours
  6. 6. 50 Ways to Improve your Center The classroom  environment  can convey  powerful messages  to children Diane Trister Dodge
  7. 7. 50 Ways to Improve your Center According to Diane Trister Dodge in her Creative Curriculum for Children, effective room arrangement can help achieve important goals for children: • Helping children learn to trust the new environment and get along with others. • Encouraging the development of independence-making choices and taking responsibility for the environment • Supporting children’s involvement in activities that challenge them to explore, to solve problems, to relate positively to others, and to think for themselves • Providing ways for children to develop new skills and concepts Diane Trister Dodge
  8. 8. Overview of Workshop • Gains ideas for better health and safety in your program • Learn ways to better organize your space • Provide a more child appropriate environment to reflect ‘Best Practices” • Discover new products and materials to improve the quality and safety of your program.
  9. 9. 50 Ways to Improve your Center Categories •Health and Safety •Room Arrangements •Furniture •Interior Surfaces •Storage •Light •Outdoors •Green Building$
  10. 10. Health & Safety 1 • Power Strip Protector • <$10
  11. 11. Health & Safety 2 • Tamper Resistant  Outlets • <$10
  12. 12. Health & Safety 3 • http://www.finger‐gard.com/ • http://www.fingersafe.com/
  13. 13. Health & Safety 4 • 20 % rule on artwork • Display Case http://www.nurserymaid.com/picture_display.htm
  14. 14. Health & Safety 5 The surfacing under all climbing apparatus' need to conform to  the requirement of ASTM F1292
  15. 15. Health & Safety 6 Climbers indoors‐ rated surfacing ASTM F1292
  16. 16. Furniture
  17. 17. Furniture 7 walkarounds http://www.kaplanco.com/store/trans/productDetailForm.asp?CatID=24%7CIT1000%7C0&PID=70386P http://www.nurserymaid.com/risers.htm
  18. 18. Furniture 8 Cut down existing bookshelves
  19. 19. Furniture 9 Use small  rectangular  tables vs. large  tables for greater  flexibility in arrangement
  20. 20. Furniture 9 Use small  rectangular  tables vs. large  tables for greater  flexibility in arrangement
  21. 21. Furniture 9 Use small  rectangular  tables vs. large  tables for greater  flexibility in arrangement
  22. 22. Furniture 10 Consider  a simple loft  to increase  your floor space
  23. 23. Furniture 11 And provide  a private  cozy space  for children  to be alone
  24. 24. Furniture 12 Wall Mounted Sinks    vs   Countertop with Vanity
  25. 25. Storage “The first design requirement expressed by every child care teacher is for more storage space. There never seems to be enough! ” Anita Olds, Child Care Design Guide
  26. 26. Storage Organize Storage in three levels • Daily Don’t forget • Short term Outdoor • Long term Storage “A shocking fact is that 10% of a center’s square footage…needs to be allocated for storage…NOT accessible to children..” Anita Olds
  27. 27. Storage 13 Daily Storage Encourage independence
  28. 28. Storage 14 Short Term Storage • Shelf • Wall cabinet
  29. 29. Storage 15 Long Term Storage  (for rotating materials) • Each Group Room should have a storage of 40 – 60 square feet • Build closet at end of hallway* • Under stairs*
  30. 30. Outdoors “There’s no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don’t give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature.” Anita Olds, Children Come First CD
  31. 31. Outdoor 16 Consider Gardening with the children
  32. 32. Outdoor 17 Or providing plants for outdoor experiences • Herbs such as mint,basil, and • Forthythia and other spring flowering plants • Plants to attract butterflies (butterfly bush) Plants for Play Robin C. Moore
  33. 33. Outdoor 18 Variety of Surfacing  Bike Paths
  34. 34. Outdoor 19 Variety of Surfacing  Grass
  35. 35. Outdoor 20 Variety of Surfacing  Change in levels
  36. 36. Outdoor 21 Protection from the Sun Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/pdf/sunsafety_v0908.pdf
  37. 37. Outdoor 21 Fabric Canopy at Playground
  38. 38. Outdoor 22 Or plant a maple tree on Arbor Day, April 29th
  39. 39. Outdoor 22 "No shade. tree? Blame not the sun but yourself.“ Chinese Proverb
  40. 40. Room Arrangements “Research shows that the more child- scaled the environmental space, the higher the quality and complexity of children's play will be, and the longer they will be preoccupied in the play. In other words, a child-scaled environment increases children's interest and concentration, and it delays boredom. In a large space, Randy White, CEO, children are encouraged through reading the environment to move about White Hutchinson from one thing to another, whereas in Leisure & Learning small contained areas, they are more Group, Inc. focused.”
  41. 41. Room Arrangements 23 • Your first step in laying out your room is to  consider the fixed features in your room • Doors and Windows • Source of water • Electrical outlets • Consider: can you change these?
  42. 42. Room Arrangements 23 • Flow (Circulation ): • Identify the main  pathways in the  room. • How you move  from one place to  another in a room?
  43. 43. Room Arrangements 24 • The sink area  was not easily  accessible to  children and  staff; the  water table  obstructed  the pathway.
  44. 44. Room Arrangements 25 The shelving unit  also made it  difficult to get to  the sink
  45. 45. Room Arrangements 25 Before After
  46. 46. Room Arrangements 25 By moving the  shelf unit away  from the sink  area, children  had easy access  for hand washing
  47. 47. Room Arrangements 26 • Grouping • What are the learning center you plan on  including in your classroom? • Blocks, Dramatic Play, Music,  • Manipulatives, Computer • Art, Science/Math, Library, Private Space
  48. 48. Room Arrangements 27 • Divide these  into center that  are quiet and  noisy
  49. 49. Room Arrangements 27 • Start by  considering the  areas the need  water and  electricity‐ your  fixed element
  50. 50. Room Arrangements 28 • Next determine where you noisy and quiet areas will be
  51. 51. Room Arrangements 28 • All quiet areas grouped together
  52. 52. Room Arrangements 29 • Provide areas in the room where children can interact  with writing and pictures
  53. 53. Room Arrangements 29 • Be sure to clearly define your areas The manipulative shelf was moved in front of the table to provide a better sense of space
  54. 54. Interior Surfaces / Finishes “Whether people are fully conscious of this or not, they actually derive countenance and sustenance from the ‘atmosphere’ of the things they live in or with.” Frank Lloyd Wright
  55. 55. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 30 Area Rugs vs. Wall to  Wall Carpets
  56. 56. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 31 Tile at Entry and Rest  Carpet at levels Room
  57. 57. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 32 Define Areas Centers
  58. 58. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 33 • Paint Color  Pastels vs  primaries
  59. 59. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 34 • Art Display • Homosote
  60. 60. Interior Surfaces / Finishes 35 Paint vs Vinyl • Cost • Flexibility • Durability • Clean ability
  61. 61. Lighting “Light is the most important environmental input, after food, in controlling body function. “ Richard Wurtman
  62. 62. Lighting 36 Daylight is  Preferable High Windows Or Clerestory
  63. 63. Lighting 37 Daylight  from  Solatubes
  64. 64. Lighting 38 Good Daylight Design needs  Glare Control – Translucent Fabrics
  65. 65. Lighting 39 Light Levels footcandles Group Room 30 fc Corridor 10 fc Multi‐purpose 20 fc Light quality CRI 80 min (sunlight is 100) Other Considerations Dimmers – Track Lighting – Wall Sconces – Indirect Lighting
  66. 66. Green Strategies “Our present systems of design have created a world that grows far beyond the capacity of the environment to sustain life into the future. “ William McDonough
  67. 67. Green Strategies 40 Lighting Incentives Rebates of up to 70% of the cost  Free Energy Audits
  68. 68. Green Strategies 41 Computer Load Management ‐ Hundreds of leading  organizations have activated power management  features on computers saving as much as $50 per  computer annually http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_ mgt.pr_power_mgt_low_carbon_join
  69. 69. Green Strategies 42 Programmable Thermostats – Energy Management  Systems
  70. 70. Green Strategies 43 Occupancy and Daylight Sensors
  71. 71. Green Strategies 44 Water Saving Automatic Shut off Faucets Proximity Lavatory Faucet Metering Faucet Price: $509 Price: $131 - $214 *
  72. 72. Green Strategies 45 Water Saving .5 gpm aerators 1.0 or .5 gpm (.35 gpm) <$5
  73. 73. Green Strategies 46 Rain Barrels
  74. 74. Green Strategies 47 Rain Gardens
  75. 75. Green  48 Strategies Linoleum  vs  Vinyl Floor  Tile
  76. 76. Green Strategies 49 Indoor Air Quality – Fresh Air Americans spend an average of 90% of  their time indoors, and the quality of the  indoor environment therefore has a  significant influence on their well‐being,  productivity and quality of life. United States Green Building Council
  77. 77. 50 Ways to Improve your 50 Center Your Favorite Idea Other ideas from audience 1. All Outlets at 4’ aff. In chair rail 2. Add radiant heat to floors 3.
  78. 78. Thank you

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