Rebecca White, Gioe, Cheri M., Merrill, Thomas A.
A preschool classroom should be arranged to promote independence, foster decision-making and encourage involvement. This is done by dividing the classroom into interest areas. Areas that should be available to preschoolers are blocks, housekeeping, table toys or manipulatives, art, sand and water, library, music and movement, outdoors, cooking and computer.
Of course, these areas should be visible by an adult at all times, and they should be logically placed near needed resources, clearly defined using shelves and furniture and separated from each other according to whether they are noisy or quiet. It’s also important to ensure materials are readily available and easily accessible to children. Environments that are clean, cheerful, organized and interesting allow for children to belong, feel safe and explore.
When you visit a current or potential child-care program, look for the following factors that indicate quality:
The LSU AgCenter’s "Be Child Care Aware!" educational program is designed to educate parents and child-care providers about quality child care. It is funded, in part, through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.