A Jefferson Early Childhood Center will help our community's children build, learn, and grow.
With much anticipation, the new Jefferson Early Childhood Center will offer enhanced security, parking, environmentally sound structures, and greatly needed classroom space with ample opportunity for special education teachers to work with children in an environment conducive to privacy and respect. It will also offer exciting opportunities for the development of sensory and motor skills in unique spaces that will help children explore, learn, develop confidence, and discover their individual talents.
The new Center will be built conservatively and guided by financial prudence, environmental responsibility, and long-term sustainability. It will be located just south of the existing building, offering a new bus drop-off location as well as staff and visitor parking. Children will be escorted into the new Center from the drop-off location by faculty. Additionally, parents entering the building will find a more secure, welcoming environment in the main entrance, which is aligned with an interior courtyard and incidental space to provide interactive opportunities for parents, students, and staff. Other areas of building consideration include an indoor sensory courtyard, an indoor motor space, an outdoor playground, and targeted areas for scientific demonstrations and dramatic play that will provide specialized learning outside the designated classroom spaces.
One of the most exciting aspects of the new Center will be the classroom structure designed to share integrated therapy space. Each set of two classrooms will share a larger room for key activities and individualized attention. This innovative design keeps students engaged in the classroom while receiving additional support from specialized teachers without feeling isolated. A bathroom for both sets of classrooms will allow for greater efficiency, more flexibility, and safety for the children and teachers.