ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children • 3 Cr.


Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Design environments that protect the health and safety of children and adults, providing balance between activities that are indoor and outdoor, quiet and active, and allow for interaction with others as well as time alone.
  • Develop environmental strategies for guiding children’s behavior helping them develop pro-social skills and the ability to self-regulate.
  • Plan an environment, schedule, routine, and activities that meet the needs of learners ages zero to 8, promoting growth across all domains and in all disciplines.
  • Describe strategies to achieve compliance with Washington Administrative Code for licensed child care and/or other state/federal regulations pertinent to early learning environments.
  • Compare policies and environments which recognize the importance of establishing space and programming that are welcoming to families and provide opportunities for all to participate.
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of early learning environments serving differing age groups (ex. infant, toddler, school age)