Birth to Kindergarten Center
- Estimated budget: $25.1 million
- Board Resolution (updated Jan. 2018): Resolution No. 862 – Reallocation of the Birth to Kindergarten Funds – signed
- Architects: NAC Architecture
- Planning team overseeing the project: Dr. Nancy Coogan, Superintendent; Dr. Judith Berry, Deputy Superintendent; Heather Newman, Director of Early Learning; Anne Marie Littleton, social worker at Cascade View Elementary; Lindsay Serpa, Head Start Family Support Specialist at Thorndyke Elementary; Jodi Wicks, kindergarten teacher at Tukwila Elementary; Karen Gonzalez, ECEAP teacher at Cascade View; Joan Lawson, Special Education Director; Liliana Cardenas, Director of Maintenance; Hsian-Yu Kuo, Systems Analyst.
- Final Education Specifications
- Location: Adjacent to the north of Showalter Middle School and the Administration Building
- Architectural Plans
- Contact: Dr. Judith Berry, 206-901-8037
- Renderings (updated February 2017)
- April through July 2016: Site acquisition
- July 2016 to January 2018: Educational specifications, design development, and construction document phase
- February to April 2018: Bidding for construction company
- May 2018 to July 2019: Construction
- July to August 2019: Closeout
- PDF of Timeline
- A facility dedicated to early learning that would house all the district’s pre-school and kindergarten classes.
- Includes space to serve prenatal to 3-year-olds.
- 28 classroom capacity with office space. (Note: This year alone, the state offered to fund at least 4 classrooms (to serve 80+ children) of preschool that we had to decline because of lack of space.)
- Includes cost for property acquisition.
- The cost model for a consolidated early-learning center is less than building a new elementary (less square footage) and comparable per square footage to adding space at each elementary-plus, there is little space on current elementary sites to accommodate the space additions.
- This learning model matches research showing the importance of early-childhood education in improving systemic achievement for all students.
- Frees six classrooms at each elementary school for other purposes.