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Indoor Environment

  1. Each classroom offers 3 or more activity/learning centers that are accessible simultaneously for 2 or more hours.
  2. Each classroom offers an additional 2 or more activity/learning centers that are accessible simultaneously for 2 or more hours.
  3. Each classroom has a block activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  4. Each classroom has an art activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  5. Each classroom has a dramatic play activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  6. Each classroom has a math activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  7. Each classroom has a science activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  8. Each classroom has a music and movement activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  9. Each classroom has a sand/water/sensory activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  10. Each classroom has a manipulative activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  11. Each classroom has a language and literacy activity/learning center that is accessible for children's use.
  12. Each classroom has a cozy area available for children's use.
  13. Each room has additional materials available to enrich centers and maintain interest.
  14. Each classrooms have some easily washable flooring areas for dining and art/messy play.
  15. Pictures and Children’s artwork is displayed in each classroom.
  16. Tables and chairs are child height.
  17. There is indoor space for active physical play.
  18. Programs have materials that reflect the lives of their children and families, as well as the diversity found in society.
  19. There is a personalized storage space for each child's belongings.
  20. A window at child eye level that allows children to see outside independently.
  21. Each room has natural lighting that can be controlled.
  22. The program uses sound reducing materials in classrooms to reduce the noise level.
  23. There is at least one child height sink in each room for hand washing.
  24. Some storage space for teacher materials and equipment is available in each room.
  25. There are two sinks in each room where children are diapered; one for diapering and a second sink at child height.
  26. Space is set aside to allow one or two children to play undisturbed by others.
  27. The room arrangement protects children using the activity/learning centers from interruptions.
  28. There is comfortable seating for adults in the infant and toddler room(s).
  29. Sleeping infants are located in the classroom for supervision purposes.