Carefully planned spaces, including indoor centers and classrooms, must include all the appropriate materials and activities children can freely access and utilize to help them learn, grow, and succeed.
This section includes professional learning resources that can help practitioners deepen their understanding of quality for this topic.
Program staff can use this online module by the Vanderbilt IRIS Center to learn about how to accommodate children with visual disabilities in a physical learning environment by becoming familiar with common devices used, techniques on how to guide children and tips for setting up the classroom.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This online course reviews key objectives and examples of well-designed indoor early childhood environments. Practitioners will gain strategies on how to design and implement effective physical, social, and temporal environments for children.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool
This online course walks participants through the importance of designing preschool environments for learning, selecting quality materials, establishing routines, ensuring cultural relevance, and adapting environments to support children with special needs. It also connects to competency and observation tools to support improvement planning.Age(s): Preschool
This in-service suite explores guidelines on how to select classroom materials. The purpose of the presentation is to provide participants with an opportunity to select and then use materials so that all children have access to quality teaching and learning.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This online course introduces how to design environments for infants and toddlers that promote responsive caregiving, exploration, and safety. It also includes support for selecting materials and setting up routines. The course includes reflection questions and application exercises that can be used to generate ideas for improvement.Age(s): Infant, Toddler
In this section you will find tips, strategies, examples, and specific tools and products that can improve your implementation of practices related to this topic area.
The Classroom Environment Checklist (CEC) is a tool that early childhood professionals can use to evaluate and improve their classroom environments. The tool can be used to set goals for classroom enhancements, track progress over time, and provide direction for coaching or technical assistance.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This form helps classrooms create a snapshot of how their classrooms align with the Texas Rising Star measures for indoor environments. After completing the form, identify the interest areas that can be prioritized for improvement.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
This planning form helps programs identify indoor and outdoor interest areas and the real objects provided in those areas. Use this form with teachers to reflect on what’s currently available to children and what improvements can be made.Age(s): Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age