The Children’s Services Division (CSD) developed the Childcare Design Guide (CCCD) to inform parents about the design features found in many state-approved child care centers. This guide was created as an outline for parents to use when selecting an appropriate center for their child. It provides basic information on day-to-day care, including what to look for on a menu, service levels and hours, and safety procedures. The guide aims to help families make informed decisions regarding their children’s care at a child care center.
The purpose of this directive is to transmit a revised version of the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Development Service Assistance (CDS) publication, The Child Care Center Design Guide, March 2021. The CDCA publication provides a list of child care space types and outlines specifications of office space. The purpose of this document is to help prospective parents select a certified child care center.
This includes general on-site space such as waiting areas, reception areas, and physical inventory counters. Space may also include on-site food service, child care furniture and supplies, and security equipment. The type of equipment needed depends upon the services provided. If daycare is being provided, general on-site food service assures the safety and comfort of both children and parents.
These spaces include waiting areas, play areas, and office spaces. Parents select the type of office space based upon the services they expect to have. The spaces also reflect child care center space types, including on-site workspaces, self-contained learning environments, and group workspaces.
The physical environment encompasses the layout, size, and appearance of the building. There are several factors that designers consider when designing child care spaces. These factors include architectural style (masonry, plain or period), floor plan (walls, floors, and ceilings), number of residents, layout, building materials, climate, and maintenance levels.
An effective design for a Childcare Design center helps maximize the use of available space. This is essential to maximize the productivity of the center. Care centers should be designed in a way that maximizes the use of each space. All components of the facility should be placed in areas where they can be seen and used. There should be enough open space to facilitate activity and accommodate visitors. Centers should provide a variety of programs for children. Activities designed to promote intellectual, social, and spiritual development should be offered. There should also be outdoor play areas and a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Reading programs, art activities, music programs, and computer games should be provided. Centers should offer a warm, friendly atmosphere that encourages children to thrive.