CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE
Organizing Committee - The committee tasked with studying the feasibil-
ity and logistics of establishing a child care center. Composition of the
committee typically includes a proportional representation of Federal em-
ployees which represent the agency(ies) sponsoring the center. Typically,
these individuals may form the core of the permanent Board of Directors.
Parents - For the purposes of this Guide, "parent" is understood to include
relatives and guardians responsible for the child in the center.
Figure 1.1: Space Measurement
Pre-School Child - A child who is 3 years old or older and who does not
attend kindergarten or a higher grade.
Public Buildings Service (PBS) - A service within GSA dealing with real
estate and physical workplace issues. The accountable GSA official for the
child care program in each region is the Regional Child Care Coordinator
RCCC - Regional Child Care Coordinator.
School-Age Child - A child who is 6 years of age or older.
Self-Contained Classroom or Area - A room separated by permanent
walls or an area separated by permanent or portable partitions or dividers
acting as a visual barrier.
Teachers - Individuals providing direct care services to children in child
care centers. The term, as used in the Guide, does not denote level of
education, training, or staff status. Teachers include head teachers, assis-
tant teachers, caregivers, aides, and all others who interact with children
on a routine basis for a major part of each day.
Toddler - A child between the ages of 12 to 36 months. Children between
12 to 24 months of age may be classified as younger toddlers, and chil-
dren between 24 and 36 months of age may be classified as older tod-
1 Quoted from Dr. Anita Olds
PBS-140 - July 2003