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Working with the Economic Opportunity Commission in San Luis Obispo, California, a prototype child care facility was designed and presented at the National MS Head Start Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The presentation explored native landscaping, potential use of green materials, exterior and interior daylighting benefits as well as energy and water efficiency. A prototype was then developed based on the average size of Head Start Facilities in the region and a proposed LEED™ rating was established.

As a result of the Prototype Design, a Facilities Workgroup was formed among the 20 or so Head Start Grantees nationwide to develop green design guidelines for Head Start Child Care Centers. Working under contract with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Washington, D.C., we are evaluating reduced operating costs through increased energy and water efficiency as well as looking at the effects of daylighting and Indoor Environmental Quality on children’s learning environment. The resulting guidelines will be available for use by all the Head Start Grantees nationwide in all areas of Head Start.

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