Thompson Child Development Center

Thompson Child Development Center has upgraded their outdoor learning environment to meet best practice standards as a result of participating in Preventing Obesity by Design (POD3).

Prior to being identified as a POD3 Lab Site, the existing spaces for all ages included play hills, concrete pathways, and several kinds of play structures.

The first steps towards lab site best practices were to upfit all the play hills with poured-in-place surfacing to address erosion concerns. Ornamental grasses, shrubs, and new play settings were added to play areas, including: storage, playhouses, stages, earth play, art easels, and a climbing wall.

In addition, they will install plumbing in the preschool area for water play and water for their vegetable garden, install stepping stones in their infant space, and increase new plantings in all of the outdoor spaces.


Center Address: 1645 Clanton Road Charlotte, NC 28208
Center Phone Number: (704) 817-1600
County: Mecklenburg
Permit Type: Five Star Center License
Year Center Established: 1996
Website: Visit Website

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Outdoor Learning Environment


Local Partnership for Children

Partnership Name: Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
Partnership Address: 601 E. Fifth Street, Suite 500 Charlotte, NC 28202
Partnership Phone: (704) 377-6588
Partnership Website:  Visit Website