Building Quality: Transforming Early Learning Environments in Massachusetts
This report celebrates the achievements of the Building Quality Capital Fund, which has invested in dozens of child care facilities in Massachusetts since 2013, and highlights the importance of high-quality learning environments for children. View the recording of the report release here.
Design Guidelines for Construction or Renovation of Facilities for Early Education and Out-of-School Time Programs
The Design Guidelines present standards and best practices unique to early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school time (OST) facilities. The guide was created to be a resource for organizations applying to the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund (EEOST), however the information is useful for all ECE and OST facilities in Massachusetts. Children’s Investment Fund worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care on the creation of guidelines.
Building an Infrastructure for Quality Report
Children’s Investment Fund commissioned the Facilities Inventory, the first-ever comprehensive review of ECE and OST facilities, to determine whether physical learning environments support policymakers’ and educators’ ambitious educational goals for children at risk, or whether some spaces might actually interfere with successful teaching and learning. The Facilities Inventory reviewed the impact of physical space on children’s health and safety, behavior, physical development, cognition, and social and emotional well-being. It examined accessibility and how adult workspace either enhances or impedes staff effectiveness.