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Daycare has become the growth industry of the 1990s. Virtually unknown 30 years ago, it is now the primary child-rearing environment for a majority of American children. It is estimated that the average child spends 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, for 5 years in this environment. There are no precedents for this growth and speed of development, and critical issues involving learning, safety, comfort, movement, and control have not been addressed in depth. How can architects and designers plan the best centers, centers that provide a genuine spirit of place, given available resources? This book answers this question by providing authoritative, useful information on how environments impact children and how to design and renovate functional, develeopmentally rich, pleasing centers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780070474499
ISBN-10: 0070474494
Format: Hardback
(264mm x 215mm x 38mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anita Rui Olds

Anita Rui Olds (Woodacre, CA) holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has taught since 1969 at Tufts University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her firm Anita Olds and Associates has more than 25 years of experience in the design of children's environmental facilities, including daycare, hospitals, playgrounds, and schools. She is widely published and makes frequent presentations.