Caring Spaces, Learning Places is a book of ideas, observations, problems, solutions, examples, resources, photographs, and poetry. Here you will find best of current thinking about children's environments � 360 pages to challenge you, stimulate you, inspire you.
This is your book � directors, teachers, parents, trainers, faculty and consultants. Take it to bed. Wear it out. Expect dog ears in no time.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lella Gandini vii
Chapter One � Why Do I Feel This Way?
Space speaks to our emotions
Objects speak to us
The power of the environment
Underestimating the power of the environment
The experience of space is individual and cultural
People are people
Children are not adults
Who am I to judge?
Chapter Two � The Lives of Children
Where is that web of sunny air?
The landscape of childhood
The other side � where reality hurts
Fencing children off from our world
The twenty-first century family
Vanishing trust and security
Where is the variety of life?
Increased schooling, diminishing education?
The downward extension of school
School and early education
A brave new world or simply nostalgia?
Childhoods for children
How children learn
What all children need
Places for childhood
Chapter Three � Programs for Children (and Families)
12,000 hours: The enormity of the child care experience for children
What kind of days?
Child care and early education
Child care and families: Child development center as family center
Shifting the focus from child to child and family
Family center services
Program structure: The child�s experience
The professional role
The three major roles of early childhood professional in the environment
The importance of teachers
The Reggio Approach and the United States
What do we want for children?
Excellence in the twenty-first century
Chapter Four � Some Characteristics of Space
Inside and out
Flow: Entries and pathways
Size and scale
Spatial variety: Places to be
Chapter Five � Dimensions of Children�s Settings
Privacy and social space
Routines and rituals
The adult dimension
Chapter Six � Infants and Toddlers in Groups
Infant and toddler care in its own right
What do babies do?
The importance of touch
The importance of movement
A predictable environment
Toddlers and young twos: A breed apart
Environments for babies
Infants and toddlers together?
The adults in infant/toddler programs
Parents and caregivers
Planning the environment for adults
A final note
Chapter Seven � The Building and Site
Adapted space or renovation versus new construction
The child care design program
The building site
The program perimeter
A final note: Making it work
Chapter Eight � Interiors: Walls, Windows, Doors, and Lighting
Some basic interior design
Chapter Nine � Caring
Eating and drinking
Bathrooms and diaper areas
Living, loving, and being
Chapter Ten � Storage and Display
Kinds of storage
Guidelines for good storage
Guidelines for good display
Kinds of display
A final note
Chapter Eleven � Room Arrangement
Interest areas: Learning centers and learning stations
Some strategies for layout
Kinds of dividers
Lofts and platforms
Designing or purchasing lofts and platforms
Nooks, crannies, and hallway learning
Serving children with special needs
Chapter Twelve � Indoor Learning Environments
What do children do?
A final note
Chapter Thirteen � Outdoor Learning Environments
The outdoors in children�s lives
The role of adults outdoors
Planning outdoor areas
Designing, building, and adapting your outdoor play area
Maintaining outdoor areas
A final thought
Chapter Fourteen � Making Places/Changing Spaces
Why change is difficult
A participatory process