Now in its sixth year, the NACTO Designing Cities Conference brought together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to Chicago to advance the state of transportation in cities through plenaries, workshops, walkshops and sessions. The Designing Streets for Kids session, held on October 30th 2017 and presented by Ankita Chachra – Programme Manager at NACTO Global Designing Cities Initiative – explored...Read more
|Comment|author: Irene Quintáns

Designing Australia’s largest school in Melbourne

Melbourne architects are transforming our schools, with a new inner-city learning precinct to teach children from kindergarten to university. When populations explode, meeting the community’s education needs is a challenge. As local schools reach bursting point,...Read more
|Comment|author: Sara Brocklesby
CC Flickr: James Emery

Children and play based learning

Children learn best when they’re having fun, and they are more likely to be having fun when they are playing. Children’s learning is optimal when they’re free to learn at their own pace and in their...Read more
|Comment|author: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
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Early intervention increases educational gains for inner city children

Researchers followed the 30-year progress of 989 children who attended the Child-Parent Centers program in inner-city Chicago as preschoolers. Their findings suggest preventive interventions beginning in early childhood can promote long-term educational success that contributes...Read more
|Comment|author: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Toddlers need books, and lots of conversation

Learning outcomes in the first two to three years of life have been shown to have a huge impact on children’s ongoing educational achievement. Children as young as two who fall behind their peers in intellectual...Read more
|Comment|author: Katherine Smith
Alyawarr children watch Aboriginal stockmen unload brumbies at the Arlparra stockyards, Northern Territory, Australia. Picture: Rocio Diaz.

1000 days to close the gap

What we can learn from the early baby health centres in Victoria to close the gap in Indigenous infant health. International research has shown that the first 1000 days, from conception to age two, offers a...Read more
|Comment|author: Lisa Mamone