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Building Stronger Centers 2016


Building Stronger Centers (BSC) Training Institute is a comprehensive program to help prepare providers for success in planning and completing a large facilities improvement project. Applications to participate are due February 12th.

 

For more information visit the BSC page.

 

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Report

 

"Why are we sending children to pre-K programs in converted salons, bars and turkey coops?"
August 5, 2015 - Amy Gillman, LISC national program director



 
What Providers Should Know
  

 

SPACE MATTERS: There is substantial research on the importance of the physical environment on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Click Here for more about Why Quality Space Matters.

SINKS AND TOILETS: Sinks and Toilets: The location of classroom sinks and children’s bathrooms has a measurable impact on infection control, children’s hygiene, and independence, as well as on teachers’ ability to be present and actively participating in classroom activities.


THERMAL COMFORT: There is considerable research on the effects of temperature on concentration and learning; when children are too hot or too cold, they can’t concentrate and may resist participating in activities.
 
NATURAL PLAY SPACE MATTERS: There is growing interest in natural outdoor play spaces for children.  Some of it was started by Richard Louv’s book, , published in 2005. He coined the term “nature deficit disorder” – a phrase that resonated with parents and educators across the country.  Click Here for more Natural Play information.
 
 
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