Childrens Development, Learning & Play Facilities Comprehensive Design & development services Child

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Country Club Plaza

Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2011
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Pre-Conference Day
Wednesday, June 8th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The pre-conference day will include visits to sustainable projects, including a nature center, at various Kansas City locations.

Thursday, June 9th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Participants will learn the basic principles of planning child care, early education, Head Start and Early Head Start environments that meet children’s needs and protect our environment. Topics include:

* Sustainable design practices
* Green building materials
* Choosing green suppliers
* Green cleaning/choosing non-toxic toys
* Resources on sustainable environments

Friday, June 10th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Participants will learn how to design and renovate the outdoor play environment using nature as the play element. The emphasis will be on creating interesting and high quality outdoor environments. Topics include:

* Why children need nature
* Resources for designing naturalized spaces
* CPSC, ADA and ASTM standards in naturalized spaces
* Involving teachers and children in the design process
* Resources on nature