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Childcare Center Design Guide
This reference guide supports the concept that a childcare center should encourage a child’s social, physical, intellectual, creative, cultural, and emotional development through play and learning in a healthy, stimulating, aesthetically pleasing environment. The design of center spaces should highlight the high-quality early childhood care, education, mission, and vision of the center. In addition, this reference manual will provoke thought on what you may want to include in your design to develop a high-quality center and meet licensing requirements.
This guide may provide a current operating childcare provider or a prospective provider with information for the planning and design of early childhood spaces that conform to the licensing regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the City of Philadelphia. This guide applies to providers that seek to:
• expand or renovate interior spaces in a current program
• purchase and renovate existing non-childcare facilities
• design and construct a new center.
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