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Great Beginnings Early Education Center

Introduction


Excellent educational programs are seldom the result of a building alone; however, through the cooperative efforts of a diverse group of participants the center was a natural. Spawned by a private donation, the School District was challenged to provide a much needed new facility for Parents As Teachers and Early Childhood Education so the staff members can work side-by-side and share employee resources and facilities in order to best serve children and families.

The new facility doubles the amount of space dedicated to these programs. Central to the facility is an entry lobby with clerestory windows, a spacious multi-purpose room, offices and therapy spaces. To the south are twelve classrooms for the physically or developmentally delayed children accepted into the Early Childhood program. The design promoted the use of shapes and colors for wayfinding to provide a recognizable element for students. The Parents As Teachers program is to the north and contains thirty-six individual work stations for parent educators in an open workstation concept to maximize staff interaction.

Combining these two programs in a shared facility allows more children to be served, provides greater staff flexibility and collaboration. Despite the challenges along the way the end result is a cohesive facility harmoniously blended into a park setting providing an enriching educational environment.





Recognized Value Award 2007

Lee's Summit
Missouri
UNITED STATES

Type:
Early Education

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