Resources below will assist you in planning and implementing family-friendly spaces on your campus. View examples from other postsecondary institutions; read scholarly and professional articles and reports; and consult other resources like professional organizations.
Oregon State University
Oregon State University lists family-friendly spaces on its website, including children's play areas at multiple sites and a commercial kitchen students may access, air hockey, couches, rocking chairs, and more in Champinefu Lodge.
University of California - San Diego
The University of California - San Diego provides parenting students with a child-friendly study area. The room contains carpeting, comfortable seating, tables, white board, and children's games and toys, and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania's Family Center offers a family-friendly lounge, reading room, private lactation spaces, child nap area, kitchen, games and toys, and book library.
University of Toronto - Mississauga
The University of Toronto - Mississauga produces a map identifying family spaces on campus along with a listing of amenities within those spaces.
University of Washington - Bothell
The University of Washington - Bothell has dedicated several family-friendly spaces throughout campus for parenting students to meet and study. Spaces include children's books, toys, and games.
ARTICLES & REPORTS
Derr, V., & Tarantini, E. (2015). "Because we are all people": Outcomes and reflections from young people's participation in the planning and
design of child-friendly public spaces. The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 21(12), 1534-1556. Retrieved from
Keyes, K. (2017). Welcoming spaces: Supporting parenting students at the academic library. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(4), 319-
328. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.001
Nykiforuk, C.I.J., Hewes, J., Belon, A.P., Paradis, D., Gallagher, E., Gokiert, R., Bisanz, J., & Nieuwendyk., L. (2018). Evaluating child-friendly
spaces: Insights from a participatory mixed methods study of a municipality's free-play preschool and space. Cities and Health, 1-15.
Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2018.1548894
Petit, J. (2014). A family-friendly study room for student-parents and their children at Portland State University Library. OLA Quarterly, 20(1), 36-
39. Retrieved from https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/scholar?
Play England. (n.d.). Design for play: A guide to creating successful play spaces. Retrieved from http://playengland.org.uk/
Stonehouse, A. (2011). The "third" teacher: Creating child friendly learning spaces. Putting Children First, 38(1), 12-14. Retrieved
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation. (2005). Community investment collaborative for kids: Resource guide 2. Retrieved
UNICEF. (n.d.). A practical guide for developing child friendly spaces. Retrieved from https://www.unicef.org/protection/
Wendel, A.M., Dannenberg, A.L., & Frumkin, H. (2008). Designing and building healthy places for children. International Journal for Environment
and Health, 2(3/4), 338-355. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/publications/designing_and_building_healthy_
American Society of Interior Designers
ASID's vision is to advance the profession and communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
National Institute of Building Sciences
The National Institute of Building Sciences provides a section on designing and building Child Care spaces on its website.
Spaces for Children
Spaces for Children specializes in classroom and facility design for early childhood programs. The Co-founder and Director, Louis Torelli, has authored numerous articles and a book on environmental design for early childhood programs and is on the faculty for The Program for Infant/Toddler Care Institutes.
The American Institute of Architects
The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.
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