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Design for Families

Design for Families

Raising children, caring for elderly relatives, and managing a household can be difficult tasks for any family. Our department has explored ways that the design can help families with these challenges.

Designing Child Care Settings: A Child-Centered Approach

This is a manual for use in helping child care providers design indoor and outdoor settings for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and younger school-age children.

Family Activities and Children’s Schoolwork

This wonderful set of activity cards will help you transform everyday activities into learning and practice opportunities for children who are already bursting with enthusiasm to learn and to contribute to their family.

Design of Long-term Care Facilities for Alzheimer's Patients

This brochure provides guidelines on physical environmental criteria for choosing a special-care unit in a residential facility for a family member with Alzheimer's disease.

The Physical Environment of a Child Care Center: What Parents Should Know

Use this brochure as a checklist to evaluate the quality of a child care center's physical environment, the building, the classroom, the outdoor area, and how it supports the program.

Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM)

A statewide effort to help individuals and families to adopt management behaviors which lead to more secure financial situations and affordable use of resources through education and practice.

Organizing your Home for Children's Activities and Activities for Parents and Children in the Home and Community

These cards offer suggestions about how to balance the spatial needs of children and adults in the home.

Also See:

Human Development Outreach

Human Development Publications