The Child Care Center includes kitchen facilities, a two-way window component for discreet observation by students or parents, and an outdoor play yard.
The Illinois State University Child Care Center play yard serves as an outdoor learning laboratory for children, as well as for a diverse array of college students who complete practicum hours in the setting. The Child Care Center has microphones installed throughout, and has a specially designed observation booth equipped with headphones for observers. Unobtrusive video and audio cameras are ceiling mounted to allow for taping and recording.
Classrooms are arranged into permanent and temporary learning centers. Learning centers are designed to be accessible and are equipped to meet the needs of varying developmental abilities. The 3-5 year old multi-age classroom is equipped with computers.
The sites provide spaces for large groups, active play, as well as small groups and private individual play. Relaxing elements, such as soft bean bag chairs and plants, are added to create a more comfortable, home-like atmosphere.