Learning e-Newsletter Archive

October-December 2012

  1. From the Editor
  2. A Timely Resource for Families - Nature Play at Home: A Guide for Boosting Children's Healthy Development and Creativity
  3. Caution on Artificial Food Dyes
  4. Resource Guide for Greening Early Childhood Centers
  5. Asthma By the Numbers
  6. Finding the Way to Play: Vicki's Interview with Recreation Magazine
  7. PVC Free School Guide
  8. Poisonous Holiday Plants
  9. Recent Projects
  10. Thank you for your support over the years

July-September 2012

  1. Finding Terroir - A Sense of Place in Outdoor Environments
  2. Ways To Do It Naturally
  3. Prevention of Disabilities in Children: The Environment
  4. Air Quality and Outdoor Play
  5. Vertical Gardening in Outdoor Environments
  6. Crochet playground

January-June 2012

  1. From Our Office Mascot
  2. How Plants are Named
  3. Creating Healthy, Sustainable Infant and Toddler Gardens
  4. The Shocking Truth about Toys
  5. The Business Plan: The Roadmap to Success
  6. The Kitchen - The Heart of the Center
  7. Doing It Right: Licensing and Naturalized Outdoor Play

October-December 2011

  1. From Our Friends Down Under
  2. Jewish Community Center-Dallas Play Gardens
  3. Safe Site Selection for Early Education Centers and Child Care Centers
  4. Making the Most of Foliage
  5. Selecting Interior Color
  6. Recent Projects

Jan-March 2011

  1. Learn What is in Your Soil
  2. Safety Recall of Drop-Side Baby Cribs
  3. WHLLG Wins Interior Design Award
  4. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments 2011-Learning How to Naturalize Outdoor Spaces Sustainably
  5. Canadian Study Shows Children Do Not Use Outdoor Gross Motor Equipment
  6. Let's G.O.

Sept-Dec 2010

  1. Compact Fluorescent Lights in Child Care
  2. 2011 Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments for Young Children
  3. The Challenge of Designing Environments for Children
  4. See You at the Leadership Connections Conference in 2011
  5. Recent Projects

Summer 2010

  1. From the Editor
  2. GreenWorks! Guide
  3. To Our Canadian Friends/Colleagues
  4. Green Hearts to Build an Early Childhood Nature School
  5. Avoiding Insect Stings in the Outdoor Environment
  6. Natural Play and Learning Guidelines Project
  7. Steps in Selecting the Right Paint for the Job
  8. Looking for Non-Alcohol Based Sanitizers?
  9. When Is It Safe to Play Outside? Weather Considerations / Part 1
  10. Starting a Child Care Business?
  11. Recent Projects

January-April 2010

  1. From the Editor
  2. Institute Tour Announced for June 9, 2010, 10 a.m.-4 p.m
  3. Trained on New Nature Curriculum
  4. What Is an Interior Designer?
  5. Vicki's Favorite Environments
  6. LEED and Acoustics in Green Child Care Buildings
  7. Choosing a Safe Site for your Center/School
  8. Renovating, Repairing or Painting your Center/School?
  9. Recent Projects

October/November/December 2009

  1. From the Editor
  2. Why Work with an Independent Designer on Your Outdoor Play Space?
  3. Early Childhood Education Job Opportunities in the Middle East
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Recent Training Provided
  6. De-Ice Safely

July/August/September 2009

  1. From the Editor
  2. Healthy Environments Start at the Front Door
  3. Our First Feasibility Study for a Green Child Care Center, Part 1
  4. Vicki Stoecklin Is Featured in Two Magazines
  5. Check Out Resource on School Garden Wizard
  6. Former WHLLG Employee Designs Children's Garden in Indonesia
  7. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments 2009
  8. Focus on Acoustics: Ceiling Treatments
  9. When Learning Comes Naturally to Debut Friday, Sept. 25
  10. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments Hits the Road
  11. Great Resource on Sensory Integration Issues with Young Children
  12. Time Is Ticking
  13. BellaBoo's Opened September 15th
  14. Recent Training
  15. Recent Projects

April/May/June 2009

  1. From the Editor
  2. Healthy Environments in Child Care and Preschool Programs
  3. 10 Steps to a Successful Children's Garden Project
  4. Top 10 Mistakes, Revisited
  5. White Hutchinson Announces LEED-Certified Child Care Project

January/February/March 2009

  1. From the Editor
  2. Community Playthings Is Platinum Sponsor of Sustainable Environments
  3. By Community Playthings
  4. Understanding Building Incentives for Green Child Care Centers
  5. More Online Gardening Resources
  6. Developmentally Appropriate Gardening
  7. Institute on Sustainable Environments for Young Children to Visit Reggio School
  8. What Is in Your Playground? Think Again About Plastic Grass
  9. EPA and HHS Partner to Promote Smoke-free Homes for Head Start Families
  10. Consider Using Nontoxic Hand Sanitizers
  11. New Books on Nature Education for Early Childhood Educators
  12. Applications Available for 2009 Shade Structure Program
  13. Need a Green Fundraiser?
  14. Study Trip to Berlin
  15. "Green Washing" Comes to the Child Care Industry
  16. Recent and Upcoming Presentations

October/November/December 2008

  1. Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center Publishes Nature Learning Guidelines
  2. Ergonomics and the Child Care Environment
  3. Children's Biophilia
  4. Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Child Care Centers
  5. Recognizing Centers and Schools that Reduce Children's Health Risks
  6. Eco Elvis to Perform at Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments
  7. Nature Improves Concentration for Children with ADHD
  8. Why Choose White Hutchinson to Master Plan Your Play Yard Renovation?
  9. Thinking Outside the Sandbox Is More than Child's Play
  10. Thirty Years at the NAEYC Annual Conference
  11. Toxic Air and America's Schools
  12. Recent Projects

July/August/September 2008

  1. Make Lasting Summer Memories
  2. Naturalized Outdoor Classroom Maintenance Isn't Difficult
  3. Toxic Toys Could Become Dinosaurs
  4. Education Director Is Quoted in England
  5. White Hutchinson Has New Mascot
  6. Is Your Outdoor Classroom Designer/Consultant a Salesperson in Disguise?
  7. Our Design Team Has a LEED Accredited Professional
  8. New Resource on Early Childhood Environments Are Available
  9. Nature in Play Takes Gardening to a New Level
  10. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments Adds Tours
  11. Shade: What Is Your Center Doing to Protect Children?
  12. Check Out These Resources: Families Connect with Nature
  13. If the Environment Is the Third Teacher, What Does She Say?
  14. Recent Projects

March/April/May/June 2008

  1. Want to Create a More Natural Environment for Young Children?
  2. Top 10 Remodeling Technologies
  3. Germany Has 700 "Forest Kindergartens"
  4. Educating Children about the Earth
  5. 2008 Healthy Sprouts Awards
  6. Let Us Help You Start-up, Expand or Renovate Your Center
  7. Children and Nature 2008: A New Report

November/December/January/February 2008

  1. Editor's Note
  2. Indoor Plants Can Clean Air
  3. Building a New Center or Remodeling? Interested in Healthier Spaces for Children? Want to Create Naturalized Outdoor Spaces? Want to Know More About Green Design?
  4. Does Your Outdoor Play Environment Need Some Design Creativity?
  5. Consumer Product Safety Commission Revises Handbook for Public Playground Safety
  6. The Trust for Public Land Joins the Children and Nature Movement
  7. Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program
  8. Is Your Outdoor Surfacing Really Engineered Wood Fiber?
  9. Post Occupancy Design Evaluation at School for the Disabled
  10. SafeToys.com Offers New Roundtable on Toy Safety
  11. The National Children's Study Looks at Long-Term Connection Between Children's Health and the Environment
  12. Attracting Birds to Your Center
  13. Recent Projects

September/October 2007

  1. California Measure Would Ban Phthalates in Toys
  2. Toy Safety Is in the Spotlight this Fall
  3. Making Mindful Choices for Both Children and Mother Earth
  4. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments for Young Children Announced for 2008
  5. Check Out Our New Resource for Outdoor Environments
  6. Building Early Childhood Facilities
  7. Design Guide for Indoor Air Quality
  8. Education and Child Development Director to Present at American Montessori Society Fall Conference
  9. Articles Published on Designing for All Children
  10. Update on Three Rivers Park Children's Play & Discovery Center
  11. Cyndi Nelson joins White Hutchinson
  12. Going Through the New NAEYC Accreditation Process?
  13. Feasibility Study for Non-Profit Child Care Project

May/June/July/August 2007

  1. Illinois Becomes Second State to Require Green Cleaning, Reducing Chemical Exposure for Children
  2. Safe Landscaping Timbers
  3. First Steps Spartanburg and Quality Early Care and Education
  4. Institute on Creating Sustainable Environments for Young Children
  5. Funds Available for K-12 Outdoor Classrooms
  6. New California Law May Force Vendors to Create More Green Early Childhood Furniture
  7. Nature Explore Program Launched by Arbor Day Foundation
  8. What Is the Best Flooring for Children and the Environment?
  9. Free Sustainable Furniture for Children
  10. A Guide to Great Field Trips
  11. Recent Projects

February/March/April 2007

  1. Planning for a Flu Epidemic in Child Care
  2. Children and Nature Network
  3. Building a Center... Remodeling... Interested in the Environment?
  4. Using the Right Paper Throughout the Center
  5. Scotland's First Nature Kindergarten
  6. National Playground Safety Week, April 21-25, 2007
  7. Berlin Study Tour to Look at European Outdoor Design
  8. Need Money for Your Program?
  9. Spartanburg First Steps Program Invests in Improving Outdoor Environments
  10. What Are You Doing for Earth Day, April 22, 2007?
  11. Upcoming Presentations
  12. Recent Projects

November/December/January 2007

  1. Choosing toys of value: TRUCE Toy Action Guide
  2. What's a green business?
  3. Announcing a new Institute on Creating Children's Environments
  4. Creating eco-healthy childcare environments
  5. National program for playground safety announces classes
  6. Another option for safety surfacing under indoor climbers
  7. Check out playground safety issues in Alaska
  8. Developing children's play
  9. Report on greening America's schools: costs and benefits
  10. Looking for safer pest management control?
  11. What does it mean for your playground equipment manufacturer to be IPEMA certified?
  12. Ways to be energy conscious and save $$$
  13. Recent and Current Projects

July/August/September/October 2006

  1. Engineers Try to Solve Cochlear Implant Problem on Plastic Slides
  2. Noise May Affect Children's Language Development
  3. Link to Quick Cost Estimator
  4. Chemical in Air Fresheners May Reduce Lung Function
  5. Pesticides Lurk in Daycare Centers
  6. Great Design Resource Available from Colleagues in New Zealand
  7. Dirty Laundry Secrets
  8. Tour of Special Services Building for Disabled Children
  9. Upcoming and Past Presentations
  10. Recent Projects

April/May/June 2006

  1. Canadian Training Tour and Child Care Center Visits
  2. How Good Intentions Might Translate to Poor Design
  3. Developmentally Appropriate Gardening for Young Children
  4. In Response to the Question: What Does White Hutchinson Do?
  5. Designing for the New Millennium
  6. GreenGuard Environmental Institute Creates Tough Standard to Protect Children from Harmful Chemicals
  7. Questions to Ask Regarding Safety and Security while Doing a Renovation or New Construction
  8. Warm Weather Means Protecting Children from Bugs While Playing Outdoors
  9. Natural Ways to Handle Pests in the Child Care Environment
  10. The Waldorf Preschool
  11. Current Projects

January/February/March 2006

  1. How Long Does It Take to Complete an Early Education Center?
  2. One Size Does Not Fit All: Sizing Computers for Children
  3. Study Finds No Safe Level of Lead
  4. Lincoln Museum Receives Thea Award
  5. Let the Sun Shine In
  6. Evaluation of Full-Spectrum Fluorescent Lighting
  7. Valentine's Day in Morocco
  8. Plant a Private Space for Children
  9. Connecting the World's Children to Nature
  10. Upcoming Presentations
  11. Alert: Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute Is in Danger
  12. Current Projects

October/November/December 2005

  1. Designing Child Care Centers for Ease of Cleaning
  2. Mold: an Overlooked Threat to Children's Health
  3. Drop-Off and Pick-Up Should Be Safe
  4. Benefits of Children Playing Outside
  5. Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale (POEMS®)
  6. Fall = Visiting the Farm
  7. AblePlay™ Helps Evaluate Toys for Children with Special Needs
  8. Current Projects
  9. Child Care Design Institute for New Center Owners/Operators

August/September 2005

  1. How young children perceive symbols in their environment
  2. The Children's Environmental Health Network
  3. The bigger the serving, the more children eat
  4. Childcare facilities' national loan resource update
  5. Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
  6. Kresge Foundation funds 'green' childcare buildings
  7. Free classroom acoustic standards available
  8. 2006 Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute schedule
  9. Recent professional development
  10. Current projects

June/July 2005

  1. Poor indoor air quality plagues many child care centers
  2. Simple facility upgrades can discourage pests
  3. Tour of outdoor play environments in Berlin, Germany
  4. Hazardous materials on your site?
  5. Making mealtime more homelike
  6. Ways to avoid injuries in your outdoor play environment
  7. Nature-deficit disorder
  8. White Hutchinson chosen to consult on Lincoln's Attic
  9. Fun Time Early Childhood Academy
  10. Facilities Design Institute graduates

April/May 2005

  1. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute
  2. Formaldehyde issues in wood composites and children's furniture
  3. Noise in daycare centers interferes with infants' language acquisition
  4. New NAEYC Standards require safety inspection
  5. Construction costs escalate
  6. Worldwide universality of play
  7. Upcoming presentations
  8. Recent projects

February/March 2005

  1. Designing Vibrant, Natural Landscapes for Early Childhood
  2. Illinois Facilities Fund Publishes Design Book
  3. Providing Support to Children with Special Needs
  4. What Makes Space Work?
  5. Acoustic for Young Children
  6. White Hutchinson Featured on Television
  7. Leadership Connections McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership May 5-7, 2005 Chicago Marriott O'Hare
  8. Recent Projects

January 2005

  1. What messages does your environment send to children?
  2. Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Strategies for Including Children with Disabilities in Early Care and Education, February 25-26, 2005
  3. More research on the benefits of daylight for young children
  4. Win a trip for two to the World Forum
  5. Welcome our newest staff member
  6. Starting a new child care center or providing technical assistance to child care centers?
  7. Children, Youth and Environments - available research online

November/December 2004

  1. The Impact of Density and the Definition & Ratio of Activity Centers on Children in Childcare Classrooms
  2. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute
  3. De-Ice, Nicely
  4. Spending Time In Nature Helps Children with ADHD
  5. PCB Threat From Caulking
  6. Vicki Builds a Playground
  7. Child Care Business Institute
  8. Recent Projects

October 2004

  1. How Adults Enhance or Mess Up Children's Play
  2. Child Care Directors Guide to On-Site Construction
  3. Need a Safer Step?
  4. Plastic Chemical Linked to Asthma
  5. White Hutchinson Goes RSS
  6. Recent Projects
  7. Recent Happenings
  8. Upcoming Institutes

September 2004

  1. The Importance of Nature for Young Children
  2. Exploring the Natural World Video
  3. Impact of Space and Color in the Physical Environments on Preschool Children's Cooperative Behavior
  4. Environmentally and Kid-Safe Wall Paints
  5. Looking for Money for Your Facility?
  6. Can't Make it to the Design Institute in January? Attend the Workshop on Creating Environments
  7. Recent Projects
  8. Upcoming Institutes

August 2004

  1. Understanding the Design Process
  2. Ten Tips On Hiring the Right Designer
  3. Child Care Business Institute Sets 2005 Dates
  4. Upcoming Presentations

July 2004

  1. Benefits for Children of Play in Nature
  2. Choosing an Architect
  3. Bee Safe
  4. Who Administers ADA?
  5. Weeds in Trouble
  6. Child Care Business Institute
  7. Upcoming Presentations

June 2004

  1. The Role of the Contractor and the Contractual Process
  2. Itchy, Scratchy, Savvy... Poison Ivy
  3. Chemicals are Making Children Less Intelligent
  4. Helmets for Tricycles
  5. 2004 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
  6. Starting a New Child Care Project?
  7. Early Childhood Design Institute Sets Dates for 2005
  8. Recent Projects

May 2004

  1. The Challenge of Cost Estimating: Bringing the Project in on Budget
  2. Working Out-of-State
  3. Supervision of Outdoor Environments
  4. Recent Accomplishments
  5. A Few Spaces Left at Early Childhood Design Institute
  6. Recent Projects
  7. Getting Rid Of Girdles...
  8. Child Care Business Institute

April 2004

  1. What Makes Space Work?
  2. What Makes Outdoor Sand Play Work?
  3. Wiring Could Pose Lead Risk
  4. Passive Smoking Is a Threat to Children
  5. Resource Guide on Children's Environmental Health
  6. Recent Projects
  7. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute Remains a Bargain

March 2004

  1. Green Check List for Child Care Centers
  2. Community Green House Foundation
  3. How to Select a Play Garden Designer
  4. Soil Testing
  5. Recent Projects
  6. Upcoming Events

February 2004

  1. Green Architecture
  2. Easter Seals Published Inclusive Design Guide
  3. Futuristic Ventilation Systems
  4. Building or Renovating?
  5. Recent Projects

January 2004

  1. Green Architecture
  2. Classroom Acoustics
  3. Child Care Business Institute
  4. Recent Projects
  5. Children's Village

December 2003

  1. Nature As a Healer and Stress Reducer, What Research Says
  2. The Use of Chemicals in Childcare Centers & Head Start Programs
  3. Is a Play Garden Right for Me?
  4. White Hutchinson Shows Support for Head Start
  5. Come and See the Holiday Lights
  6. What Does a One-Day Outdoor Consultation Include?
  7. Do You Use Sidewalk Chalk?
  8. Recent Projects

October 2003

  1. We are Excited About Our new Home
  2. Free On-Line Gardening Magazine
  3. Flame Retardant Materials in Child Care Centers
  4. Child Care Business Institute
  5. Engineered Wood Fiber Maintenance
  6. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute Sets Summer Date
  7. Recent Projects
  8. Upcoming Projects

September 2003

  1. Set Your Op-In Spam Filters
  2. The Great 35 Square Foot Myth
  3. Announcing Child Care Business Institute!
  4. Site Selection: Vehicles Fumes Increase Asthma Risk for Children
  5. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute
  6. New Projects

Summer 2003

  1. Planning For & Growing Shade
  2. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute Approved for Graduate Credit
  3. Children, Youth & Environments Now Online!
  4. Playground Surfacing Material
  5. Effects of Noise on Young Children in Child Care Settings
  6. Recent Projects & Accomplishments

May 2003

  1. Ways to Bring Nature Indoors Into the Classroom
  2. Tips for Sun Safety
  3. Slip Slop Slap Wrap
  4. Nature Buffers Children's Life Stress
  5. Use of Native Plants in the Outdoor Environment
  6. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute

April 2003

  1. Why Build An Architectural Monument?
  2. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute
  3. Defining Space Outdoors
  4. Make a Mini Greenhouse
  5. Room Layout for Early Childhood Education
  6. Costs of Operating the Military's Child Care System
  7. Recent Projects
  8. Upcoming Presentations

February 2003

  1. Early Childhood Facilities Design Institute
  2. Teaching Tolerance
  3. Culture Sets Boys Up to Be Violent
  4. Gardening Grants
  5. Indoor Climbing Equipment Safety
  6. Current Projects
  7. Upcoming Presentations

January 2003

  1. FROM THE EDITOR
  2. WHO WANTS TO PAY FOR QUALITY?
  3. IF YOU CAN'T WAIT FOR SPRING
  4. HAND WASHING REDUCES SICK DAYS
  5. CREATING INNOVATIVE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS
  6. GARDENING INFLUENCES TOTS VIEWS ON VEGETABLES
  7. GARDENING RESOURCE
  8. PLAYGROUND MAY REQUIRE LICENSING FOR CONSTRUCTION
  9. INFANT LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  10. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARCHITECT AND AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
  11. LOW SIDS MORTALITY RATE IN HONG KONG

December 2002

  1. AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DESIGNING CHILDCARE FACILITIES
  2. GARDENING GRANTS
  3. ZANY BRAINY STORES WITHDRAW VIDEO GAMES
  4. REPORT FROM NAEYC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
  5. CHICAGO METRO AEYC ANNUAL CONFERENCE
  6. KID'S CLUB CHILDCARE CENTERS OPEN

November 2002

  1. FLEXIBILITY & DESIGN
  2. FLEXIBILITY & EQUIPMENT
  3. ARE YOUR WINDOWS CHILD-FRIENDLY?
  4. RESOURCE FOR SAFETY
  5. THE BOTTOM LINE ON COMPANY BENEFITS
  6. UPCOMING NAEYC PRESENTATION

October 2002

  1. CLASSROOM ACOUSTICAL STANDARDS
  2. FREE ON-LINE NATURE GUIDE
  3. QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PLAY AREA REQUIREMENTS
  4. AUTUMN'S WEALTH
  5. LEAD: AN UNSEEN HAZARD IN THE PLAYGROUND & GARDEN
  6. CURRENT PROJECTS
  7. UPCOMING SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

September 2002

  1. EXTERIOR PLAY SPACE REQUIREMENTS
  2. OUTDOOR STORAGE
  3. MARIA MONTESSORI
  4. CENSUS SHOWS INCREASE IN HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
  5. BABY WALKERS IN NAME ONLY
  6. CURRENT PROJECTS
  7. UPCOMING SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

June 2002

  1. CHILDREN'S LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS NEWSLETTER
  2. ECONOMIC-STIMULUS PACKAGE INCLUDES TAX BREAK FOR TEACHERS
  3. CREATING A PLACE OF PRIVACY FOR CHILDREN
  4. CURRENT PROJECTS
  5. GIVE US A CALL

April 2002

  1. BUILD IT AND THEY MIGHT NOT COME
  2. DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
  3. RECENT PROJECTS
  4. LARGEST NON-WATERPARK CHILDREN'S SPRAYPAD