With thoughtful spaces and learning opportunities at every turn, the new Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is a sensory experience for children and adults alike, in its new K building location on the Peninsula College Port Angeles campus.
Quilts adorn the high ceilinged entryway that features comfortable seating, a kid friendly front desk, and sink for handwashing. Between the colorful, inspiring classrooms and the musical, creative spaces outdoors, the center is teaming with growth opportunities.
The building also features a commercial kitchen with all conceivable features, two toddler infant classrooms (to be filled when funding allows) two preschool classrooms, a child care staff room, and a conference/ resource room for staff meetings, parent meetings and parent teacher conferences- featuring a big screen, and an extensive library including self-help books for parents. The locked door “buzz in” security system limits access to authorized staff and families.
The classroom environment is “softer” Director Mary Lou Melly said, with natural wood tables, chairs and other furniture. There is even a loft in each classroom. A shared art room offers a place for crafts and incomplete projects to dry and be returned to later.
Outside, students will find musical instruments, a stage for performances, sandbox, climbing structures, a tricycle path, water feature and a garden area all amid grass, trees and plants, together with an overhang to keep them dry on rainy days.
“There are so many choices for fun, outdoor experiences,” Melly said.
Only four spots remain open for the preschool program this fall and Melly says they are holding them for children of PC students.
For more information on the ECDC program, contact Mary Lou Melly at firstname.lastname@example.org .