Playground Design Marilyn Queller
Child Care Center
RENOVATION FOR THE FUTURE http://www.geocities.com/mqccc/index.html
108 S. Weber St., Urbana IL 61802
• “We believe in providing a nurturing and
stimulating environment for young children.
The Marilyn Queller Child Care Center is a non-for-profit, We strive to help children develop a positive
state subsidized child care center with a sliding scale self-image, build strong character, and
fee. MQCCC is a developmental center that is licensed by achieve self-satisfaction. Our most important
the Department of Children and Family Services. MQCCC goal is to promote growth and development of
is also a member agency of United Way of Champaign the whole child in all areas: social, emotional,
County. Their licensed capacity is 83 children aged 6 intellectual, physical, creative, and language.
weeks to 6 years. Our mission is to allow low-income families to
become self-supporting through employment
or training opportunities by providing quality
care and learning experiences for their
Project Description Playground Pictures
• Main duty: research/get donations of playground
• Assist the children in identifying the elements in their
surroundings that bring them joy as well as pain, then
they can be taught that smart planning practices can
truly be positive.
• Talk to teachers, students and parents about what
they would like to see changed in the playground.
• This is an overall view of the playground.
• Assist in planning a parent night at the daycare • The playground needs a lot of work such as new trees, a
center and present our work. sandbox cover, new swings, equipment removal, and the
purchase of new equipment.
• The teachers of MQCCC would like to see this piece of • This wooden play structure also needs to be removed.
equipment removed. It does not get much use and • Children play on here and get slivers because of the woods age.
children can get stuck in it. • As a result of the slivers, the children do not use it with the exception of the
tire swing which also needs to be replaced.
• These swings get the most use of all the • Here is a picture of the children playing on
playground equipment. the swings.
• The children do not spend very much time playing in the
• This picture clearly shows the dirty and decrepit look of the
sandbox which is dirty and old. It has to be cleaned out
swings. every morning because of animal droppings. The
replacement for this should also have a cover.
• The swings and chains need replacing and the structure could
use a paint job.
• The center dedicates time each day weather permits
• These temporary play structures are planned to playing outdoors and the children really enjoy it.
to be replaced by more permanent structures. Replacement of the playground equipment could
make this space even more fun.
Rationale For Project Project Goals
• To create a better and safer playground
for the daycare center. • Use grant money, as well as donations,
to create a better playground for the
• The playground could attract more low-
income families to the daycare center.
• Get donations from businesses in the
Team and Community Building Community Partners
• We had the children, parents, and teachers give their input about the
• Our group divided the work amongst playground, with specific interests in mind.
– We played with the children and also had them draw their “ideal”
ourselves and then worked together to playground.
– Our main partner from M.Q.D.C.C. was Kelli White. She explained to us
build a team with the daycare staff, their main goals and explained the appropriate approach.
• We hope to receive help from corporations:
parents, and children to create a plan – Home Depot - we filled out a grant application
for the playground design. – Lowe’s - offered to donate materials
– Menards - we sent in a letter to the Incorporation in hope of receiving
• We split up and went to different – Meijer - we filled out an application for a donation
corporations to try and receive funding – Target - our letter was given to a manager
– WalMart - they had a list of donations to give to others and said that
for the playground. they could look at our letter in November
– Schnucks - our letter was given to the manager
MARILYN QUELLER CHILD CARE CENTER
108 S. Webber Street
Urbana, IL. 61802
• We ordered catalogs and researched
September 26, 2005
playground designs that would give the
To Whom It May Concern,
daycare options for their playground.
Marilyn Queller Child Care Center is a non-for-profit childcare center that serves children from low- • Our group made a poster for the Halloween
income households where the parent(s) is/are working. Childcare fees are based on family income and size.
We are urban planning students from the University of Illinois, and we are working with the center to party showing our progress and price ranges
create a better playground for the children. The current playground is twenty years old and in major need of
repair. Donations from local businesses are vital to the daily operations for the center, and there are even less
for playgrounds and equipment.
funds to improve the center’s facilities. Any donation would be appreciated either in the form of new playground
equipment or money. If you have any questions I may be contacted at (773)616-1022 or via email at • We hope that our efforts will pay off, and
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Marilyn Queller Childcare Center will receive
funding and an improved playground for the
Frankye Alyse Payne
Junior in Urban Planning, U of I
Process Process Continued
• Our initial step in this project was to meet with the parents and faculty • After completing the binder, we split the group into two teams to travel
at Marilyn Queller Daycare Center in Urbana on the 13th of September. to separate businesses in search of funds.
– During this meeting we discussed goals of the project and how we – Companies we went to include: Meijer, Menards, Loews, Target,
were to go about achieving them. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Schnucks, Radioshack.
– After the meeting we went outside and viewed the playground to – Our two biggest leads were Home Depot and Lowe’s, so we
see what exactly we were working with. completed the proper grant information and are currently waiting for
– We also made plans to visit the daycare the following week to meet updated news from the companies regarding grants.
with the children and talk to them about the playground. • Next, we bought a poster board to use for our presentation (a
• After meeting the children, we turned our attention to ideas for raising significant point for us in this project was a Halloween carnival at the
money in order to buy new playground equipment. Daycare where we were to display our progress and help work the
– We decided the best means of receiving funds was to go around to games) and constructed a visual aid showing the work we had done up
different businesses in Champaign-Urbana with a binder explaining to that point and what we hoped to accomplish in the future.
our mission. • The carnival was held from 5:30 – 7:30pm on Friday, the 21st of
– Earlier, we had came up with the idea of having the children draw October.
what type of equipment they would like to see in their renovated – Both the playground and T-shirt design groups attended.
playground. – A couple of us explained our poster board/project to the parents
– We also took pictures of the playground with a digital camera so we while the rest assisted in running the games.
could print them off. • We are currently keeping in contact with the faculty at Marilyn Queller
• We included both the children’s drawings and the photos in the Daycare Center and waiting to hear back from potential companies to
fundraising binder along with an official proposal letter and donate funds. We have also been searching through different
information on Marilyn Queller Daycare Center. magazines and the internet to find possible playground equipment
when the grants come through.
•Fundraising is Very Difficult Dietrich Herndobler
• Expect for Everything to Take Dean Davis
Longer Than You Anticipated Stephanie Croegaert
• Making Everyone Happy is Difficult Corey Levin
• Involving Children Makes Things Paul Morgan
• Be Persistent
•Small Things Can Make a Big
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