The National Institute for Early Education Research has released a guide with the help of Local Initiatives Support Corporation on what makes a well-developed facility and why federal policy action is needed to protect and expand facilities today as the demand is surpassing the supply by quite a bit with every year. See an excerpt below-
“The need for sufficient physical space is obvious. Classroom space needs to be available to house growing enrollment. Lack of supply can force policymakers to trade quality for access by shortening the program day or funding lower quality programs. Moreover, available space, such as in elementary schools with declining enrollment, requires modifications to accommodate outdoor play needs, different drop-off and pick-up arrangements, and classrooms organized around activity areas.“
Full PDF guide can be found here.
Originally published in April 2007.