Renovating some of your child care or Head Start center classrooms may be the answer to rising construction costs and can be done on a variety of budgets. A classroom renovation may be your opportunity to create space that supports your program goals, the staff who work there and the children in the room.
While 50 square foot of usable classroom space is the goal for all classrooms and has been substantiated by research in early childhood environments, usually in a classroom renovation you will not have the luxury of additional square footage since most state child care licensing standards and the NAEYC Accreditation Standards only require 35 square feet per child in the classroom.
Regardless of the amount of square footage that you have to work with, careful planning and room arrangement will insure that you meet the following requirements:
Before and after photos of a classroom renovation that White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group designed, including specifying all the furniture and equipment.
While it might be tempting to avail yourself of a vendor’s free room layout service, keep in mind that early childhood furniture salespersons rarely have background, training or experience in early childhood room layout. It would be best to use a consultant who has direct knowledge of the nuances of classrooms management for each age group. The planning process should also include input and feedback from both director and teachers.
You can contract Vicki L. Stoecklin, our Education & Child Development Director, to discuss the renovation of your child care classrooms by calling her at +1.816.931-1040, ext 102, or by e-mail.