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Childcare Center Application for Complimentary Design Services

The OLE! Texas initiative promotes the design of outdoor learning environments (OLEs) for childcare centers throughout the state as a means to increase physical activity, food awareness, and enhance education in more natural outdoor spaces. Childcare centers are invited to apply for complimentary design services by filling out the form below. Complimentary services are awarded on a limited basis. There are examples of previous designs provided to childcare centers on the Projects  page.

Illustrative Master Plan of the Outdoor Learning Environment at Arapaho in Richardson, Texas

Selected centers will receive the following complimentary services:

A community presentation to educate parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners about OLEs

A collaborative workshop where a designer and the center work together to design the center's OLE

An illustrative master plan of the center's OLE

Ongoing technical support from the designer where the center can ask questions to clarify the process even after the design is provided to the center

The designer will help the center identify resources for building the OLE

The designer will help the center phase the construction of the OLE based on the center's financial and labor resources

***The design services do not include funding or labor to build the OLE.


Required responsibilities for centers who are awarded complimentary OLE! Texas design services:

  • Work collaboratively with OLE! Texas to adopt the OLE naturalization process
  • Appoint a project team of three staff and designate a primary contact
  • Organize and attend a public community presentation about the OLE! Texas initiative
  • Participate in the project evaluation at scheduled intervals
  • Serve as a demonstration site for other childcare centers to transfer best practices
  • Commit to participate for two years, including the following activities:
    • Assist with the dissemination of a parent/staff survey
    • A site assessment visit
    • One-day Design Workshop
    • Identify funding for the building of the OLE
    • Action planning for incremental implementation of the plan
    • Scheduled site visits to assess progress with design implementation
    • Make phased improvements within two years of the workshop
    • Join the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAYEC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Network


Texas Tech Coalition for Natural Learning

  • Address

    College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 41162, Lubbock, TX 79409-1162
  • Phone

    (806) 742-3031
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