GreenSchools for Early Childhood

early-childhood-green-schools-educator-guide-coverPLT’s GreenSchools for Early Childhood program specifically meets the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners. It is designed to teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, science, and more.

Educator Guide

The guide offer ideas and activities for greening your early childhood center while facilitating environmental experiences through art, movement, sensory exploration, and time outdoors – all of which are inherently appealing to young children. You’ll learn about the benefits of becoming green, how to engage parents at your center, and ways to assess your students’ learning.


Investigate how much energy your center uses, the main sources of that energy, and ways to implement energy-saving strategies.

Environmental Quality

Investigate areas where improvements can be made in indoor and outdoor air quality, in your centers carbon dioxide and temperature levels, how cleaning products can impact your air quality, and what practices need to be followed regarding the use of hazardous materials.

School Site

Investigate natural habitats, wildlife, trees, grounds maintenance practices, and ways to make improvements to your center’s site.

Waste and Recycling

Investigate how much waste your center generates and where it goes, as well as recycling and composting efforts.


Investigate the source, cost, and quality of your school’s water supply, and ways to enhance current water conservation practices.


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