Even though boxes filled much of the floor space in most of the classrooms at the program’s new home, enough space was cleared July 9 so parents …
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Even though boxes filled much of the floor space in most of the
classrooms at the program’s new home, enough space was cleared July
9 so parents could begin registering their children for the
Englewood Early Childhood Education Program.
Kalissa Ford’s eyes sparkled as her mom, Amy Williamson,
completed the forms to register the 4-year-old for the program.
“We are new to the program that I learned about from my
neighbor,” Williamson said. “I am impressed with this facility and,
as you can see, Kalissa is excited about coming here to
Williamson said putting her daughter in the program is a big
deal because, in this day and age, it is important a child get that
year of learning and education before starting kindergarten.
Last year, the Early Childhood Education program was based at
the Lowell Annex adjacent to Englewood High School but also had
classes at Clayton Elementary School.
However, the school district decided to combine the five
elementary schools into four and make the Maddox building the new
home for ECE.
Peg LaPlante, assistant superintendent, said most of the work
was done by school district employees as they replaced some tile,
carpet, installed some security doors and put in some kiddy-size
sinks. The transformation also included removal of some of the old
Maddox playground equipment and moving the ECE playground equipment
to the new site.
She added that Cowboy Moving and Storage cooperated with the
district to help move all the boxes of classroom supplies from the
Lowell Building to Maddox.
The renovation cost about $25,000, which was less than expected
because of the “in-house sweat equity” the staff and employees put
in moving and preparing the building, LaPlante said
Over the summer, crews made the necessary changes to the former
Maddox Elementary School and all the class materials were packed in
boxes so the program could move to its new home.
“This move is a huge improvement for our program,” Beth Engel,
ECE coordinator, said. “For one thing, all our staff and classes
are in one place and that is a huge benefit for planning and
coordinating the curriculum.”
She added that the new site has more space, including a place
for the office staff, a full kitchen for cooking and serving hot
meals and even a space that can be used for meetings and where ECE
can offer parent-oriented programs.
“Our staff always works to create a warm environment for our
children,” she said. “But now that we are in a single location and
have the space, I feel we can create the atmosphere to hopefully
have our families feel comfortable and home in our ECE
Jayne Gladwell, speech and language specialist, echoed Engel’s
excitement about the new location.
“I believe this move is the biggest advance I’ve seen our
program make in the 17 years I have been here,” Gladwell said. “It
is so exciting to be in a single location with the room we need to
provide programs for the children and for the parents that we
couldn’t provide at the old locations.”
She said she feels it’s important the center now is in a
residential neighborhood that enhances that feeling of
Gladwell also noted the new location includes a big playground
with good equipment plus space where children can run, play and
even just go for a nice walk around the school grounds.
Another plus is the building has a gymnasium where, the children
can play if the weather keeps them from going outside. At the old
locations, the children had to be kept in their classrooms.
Englewood’s Early Childhood Education Program offers the options
of a full-day program, a half-day of classes either in the morning
or the afternoon as well as a year-around program.
Engel noted the school’s screening program begins Aug. 12.
Starting on that date, parents make appointments for the screening.
The screening includes vision and hearing tests, evaluation of the
child’s abilities and parent interviews to determine what the
parents are looking for in a preschool program.
Much of the program is funded by state and federal preschool
grants but there is a tuition schedule for those who don’t qualify
for the grant programs such as Head Start, Title One of the
Colorado Preschool Program.
The ECE is located at 700 W. Mansfield Ave. Staff is on hand
most days to accept registrations. For information call
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