Baby Steps Into a Big WorldCommunities across Oregon are grappling with an inadequate supply of early childhood facilities. Meanwhile, experts have led the way to a better understanding of how the design of a facility influences a child’s development – positively or negatively depending on the design.

“Room to Grow” is a compilation of articles about the design and financing of early childhood facilities. Written by professionals in the fields of early care and education, architecture/design, community development, fundraising and children’s advocacy, the publication provides a glimpse of what is possible in Oregon. Interviews conducted in Oregon suggest that the expertise and funding exist now to begin making headway in communities across the state. While resources exist, they are disparate and inadequate, and putting the pieces together while operating an early childhood program can be overwhelming. A handful of heroic organizations have overcome the challenges. Their stories are told here.

Voices for Quality
Directors of the child development programs at Nike, Portland State University and Mentor Graphics describe how their facilities facilitate early learning.

Gillian Brune
Director, Child Development Center
Mentor Graphics

Marilyn Harrison
Executive Director of Child Development Programs
Nike

Will Parnell, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education
Pedagogical Director, Helen Gordon Child Development Center
Portland State University

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