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Cooper Allen, Winter 2015
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Peer Reviewed
This article lays out recommendations for increasing the availability and use of natural outdoor play and learning environments in order to improve the quality of ECE. The article begins with a summary of research indicating the contribution of an…
Shoval Ella, Zaretzky Ester, Sharir Tal, Shulruf Boaz, December, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This research attempted to determine which kinds of free-choice motor activity improve balance control. One hundred and fifty children from three kindergarten classes participated in the research. They were provided with an environment that enabled…
Berg Stephen P., July, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Engaging in moderate to vigorous amounts of physical activity is needed for young children to grow and develop to their full potential and the playground environment can help play a role. The purpose of this study was to determine the physical…
Little Helen, Sweller Naomi, July, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Motor competence and physical activity (PA) patterns are established during the early childhood years. Early childhood education (ECE) settings are an important context for children's engagement in physically active play. This paper reports the…
Merewether Jane, February, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Outdoor spaces are a feature of most Australian early learning settings and have potential for many learning opportunities. This article reports on a study that investigated three- and four-year-old children's perspectives of the outdoor environment…
Morrissey Anne-Marie, Scott Caroline, Wishart Llewellyn, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Researchers used an affordances-based conceptual framework to study infants' and toddlers' responses to the redesign of their play space. Behavior mapping and child tracking observations showed that the introduction of features such as edging,…
National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, August, 2014
Reports & Papers
This brief, one in a series, addresses States' sometimes complicated monitoring practices regarding build and physical premises safety and offers questions for consideration--based on lessons learned from nine States--about effective coordination…
Rhode Island LISC. Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund, July, 2014
Reports & Papers
This report details the findings of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment conducted by LISC's Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) from January through May 2014. The report includes detailed information regarding the…
Weinberger Nanci, Butler Allison G., Schumacher Phyllis, February, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study addresses the need to better understand how providers' perceptions of indoor and outdoor childcare settings can set the stage for arranging play spaces to optimise children's moderate-to-vigorous physical play. Childcare providers'…
Cosco Nilda G., Moore Robin C., Smith William R., January/February 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Purpose. To evaluate the effectiveness of Preventing Obesity by Design (POD), a childcare center outdoor renovation intervention. Design. Pre-post intervention evaluation. Setting. North Carolina licensed childcare centers (N = 27). Subjects.…

Daugherty Lindsay, Dossani Rafiq, Johnson Erin-Elizabeth, Wright Cameron, 2014
Fact Sheets & Briefs
We propose that achieving a better understanding of how to integrate technology into ECE requires answering five key questions: 1. What are the goals for technology use in ECE? 2. How do we define developmentally appropriate technology use in ECE? 3…
Moore Robin C., Cosco Nilda G., 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Using a socio-bio-ecological, "one health" conceptual framework, Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) is presented as a system-wide health promotion strategy for North Carolina childcare centers, applying a cost-effective naturalization approach to…
Daugherty Lindsay, Dossani Rafiq, Johnson Erin-Elizabeth, Wright Cameron, 2014
Fact Sheets & Briefs
To realize the potential benefits of technology use in early childhood education (ECE), providers, families of young children, and young children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure--an infrastructure that allows…
Olesen Line Groenholt, Kristensen Peter Lund, Korsholm Lars, Froberg Karsten, 01 November, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This cross-sectional study included data from 426 apparently healthy Danish children (49.5% boys), 5 to 6 years of age enrolled in 42 randomly selected preschools. The percentage of time spent in MVPA ([greater-than or equal to]574 counts/15 second…
Hinostroza J. Enrique, Labbe Christian, Matamala Carolina, October, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This paper presents the results of survey of the availability and use of computers in a preschool sample in Chile, and compares them with similar results of primary and secondary schools. Results show that although preschools have relatively low…