Family-Friendly Spaces

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.
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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. 


Derr, V., & Tarantini, E. (2015). "Because we are all people": Outcomes and reflections from young people's participation in the planning and
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      spaces: Insights from a participatory mixed methods study of a municipality's free-play preschool and space. Cities and Health, 1-15.
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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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