An important goal of all Head Start programs is to offer the community an opportunity for quality child care services and programs in locally owned or controlled spaces. The Head Start center design must meet the needs of children, their parents, classroom personnel, service personeel, and administrators.
To achieve these objectives, HSB recommends that planners take the following steps:
- Support the care of children by creating enviroments that allow staff to focus their efforts on nurturing and caring for children. The design should provide features that encourage strong, positive relationships between staff and children.
- Create and maintain an enviroment that comfortably accomodates the needs of families and the children's caregivers in the center.
- Create and maintain an enviroment that comfortably accomodates the needs of staff in order to attract and retain highly qualified people.
- Design and maintain centers that are pleasing and will enhance the involvement of families and the children's caregivers in the center.
- Size the classrooms to accomodate recommended group sizes and adult-to-child ratios.