How a Child’s Learning Environment Affects their Early Development

The Work Department partnered with IFF, a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer, to share their work in early education environments. IFF strives to positively impact children’s brain development with thoughtful facility architecture that addresses indoor environmental quality, design of physical spaces, and environmental stimuli.

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Working from draft content, we developed a presentation narrative centered around a toddler named Shontelle. As a three year old, Shontelle’s brain architecture is rapidly developing. What she absorbs in her environment affects her ability to successfully meet developmental milestones across learning zones. Facility architecture can hinder or help Shontelle’s brain architecture development. In classroom environments that fulfill recommendations put forth by IFF, Shontelle feels safe, stimulated, and able to learn.

We translated this narrative into a presentation deck that dives into recommendations grounded in research and connects back to Shontelle’s personal experience. The presentation uses a repeated infographic to depict how Shontelle learns through her senses and how she’s influenced by various components of facility architecture. Our use of photography that showcases students and spaces, a bold color palette, and accessible typography and word choice are intended to speak to the presentation’s audience of early education professionals.

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