Designing Early Childhood Environments for All Learners

The purpose of Early Childhood programs is to intentionally design environments to be responsive to all children’s needs and to provide opportunities for every child to demonstrate learning and growth in all areas. Given the diverse nature of today’s preschool population, care must be taken to select equipment, materials and tools that are useful to a wide range of abilities and interests. Recent trends have looked at universal design for learning (UDL) where the preferences and abilities of all users are considered during the initial design process. This has resulted in products and systems with flexible and adaptable features that are useful to developing children.