PDC #4: Analysis of Child Care Environments (Designing Environments for Learning)

ED POL 416

Explore a variety of designs for child care settings and understand the ways in which environments can assist or hinder children’s learning. In this final course of the program development series, you’ll combine lessons and themes from courses #1-3. Your capstone experience includes a culminating project and portfolio that integrates knowledge and best practices for developing effective physical and cultural environments for your program.

This course can be applied to the Child Care Program Development Certificate.


Jane Robinson, M.S., IMH-E (I)

Jane Robinson, M.S., IMH-E (I)

Jane’s early childhood journey began in Texas. She was hired as a center director at a program licensed for 200 children. Jane left the program to become a family child care provider. During that time, Jane became actively involved as ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop environments that enhance student performance by understanding the philosophy and culture of learning environments
  • Assess environmental design and design impact on learning goals, both indoors and outdoors
  • Understand the concept of environment as “the assistant teacher”
  • Know the regulatory requirements for environments
  • Be able to design and equip age-appropriate indoor and outdoor spaces, including: creating a welcoming program environment; effect of environment on behavior (self-regulation); healthy environment for adults in the program (staff & families); and cultural competence within environments


PDC #1, PDC #2, and PDC #3

Course available in spring semester only.

Date: Course available Jan. 22-Apr. 6, 2019

Location: Online

Instructor: Jane Robinson M.S., IMH-E (I)

Fee: $1,011

Undergraduate Credits: 3

Enrollment Limit: 20

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Note: Face-to-Face Dates: Sat., Jan. 26 & Sat., Apr. 6, 8:30am-4:30pm

Online: Mon., Jan. 28 – Sat., Apr. 6

For credit registration, call Liz Weber at 414-227-3334.

Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Registration opens Mon., Nov. 5.