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Resources

Reports & Articles

Early Care and Education and Out-of-School Time Facilities

Early Care and Education in Massachusetts 

Physical Activity

Guides & Handbooks

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011

Child Care Physical Environmental Checklist, Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund, 2006

Public Playground Safety Handbook, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Caring for Kids with Asthma: A Guide for Massachusetts Child Care Programs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2013

Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) Community Investment Collaborative For Kids (CICK) Resource Guides:

Assessment Tools

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition, Updated (ECERS-R)
Thelma Harms, Richard M. Clifford, and Debby Cryer, Teacher’s College Press, 2005

Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition, Updated (ITERS-R)
Thelma Harms, Debby Cryer, and Richard M. Clifford, Teacher’s College Press, 2006

The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)
Thelma Harms, Ellen Vineberg Jacobs, and Donna Romano, Teacher’s College Press, 1995

Websites

American Association for the Child’s Right to Play
Children and Nature Network
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation
Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership
Natural Learning Initiative
Nature Explore
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance
OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning Community Interest Company
Playscapes
Project Learning Tree
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Landscape and Human Health Laboratory

Books
  • Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education
    by David Sobel
  • Building Playgrounds: A Guide to the Planning Process
    by Susan D. Hudson, Ph.D., Donna Thompson, Ph.D., Heather Olsen, Ed.D.
  • Child Care Assessment Kit for Outdoor Play Environments
    by Heather Olsen, M.A., Susan Hudson, Ph.D., Donna Thompson, Ph.D.
  • Children’s Spaces
    by Mark Dudek
  • Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments
    by Eric M. Nelson
  • Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood Environments
    by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
  • Go Green Rating Scale for Early Childhood Settings and Handbook for Improving Your Score
    by Phil Boise
  • I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
    by Jennifer Ward
  • Infant and Toddler Spaces: Design for a Quality Classroom
    by Community Playthings
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
    by Richard Louv
  • Learning with Nature Idea Book: Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children
    by Valerie Cuppens
  • Lens on Outdoor Learning
    by Wendy Banning and Ginny Sullivan
  • Natural Learning: Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching
    by Robin C. Moore and Herb H. Wong
  • Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul
    by Rusty Keeler
  • Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities
    by David Sobel Orion Society
  • Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments
    by Robin C. Moore
  • Play for All Guidelines: Planning, Design and Management of Outdoor Play Settings for All Children
    by Robin C. Moore, Susan M. Goltsman, Daniel Iacofano
  • Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground
    by Deborah Meier, Brenda S. Engel, and Beth Taylor
  • Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale (POEMS)
    by Karen DeBoard, Linda Hestenes, Robin C. Moore, Nilda Cosco, Janet McGinnis
  • Roxaboxen
    by Alice McLerran
  • The Community Friendly Spaces Approach
    by Elizabeth Jarman