The classrooms at Shawnee Early Childhood Center are organized in clusters of four to five learning spaces surrounding colorful themed common areas. The common area themes include the Enchanted Forest, Wild West, zoo, Creation Station, forest animals and pond.
Integrated through the building is a “train track” that connects the themed areas and serves as a walking COST PER SQ FT$114.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational Interiors to the exuberant pre-kindergarten 3- and 4-year-olds at the center. The “train” and different destinations were the result of a brainstorming session with school staff and teachers.
The 54,810-square-foot center houses 22 classrooms, a kitchen, music room, physical-education room, dining space with stage and a courtyard. The physical-education room also serves as a tornado shelter. All the classrooms and corridors receive natural light.
The courtyard for active play and learning is an important feature of the center. It provides students additional learning opportunities by taking them outside the traditional classroom setting and into nature. A tricycle path allows active playtime.
The school was completed in spring 2008.