Our Facility is Intentionally Designed | By Karol A. DiPasquale
One of the great things about Red Door Early Learning Center, Inc. – Center Valley, is that we have been given the gift of a blank canvas upon which to design our space. Before the first day of demolition was even on the calendar, our team was taking the steps needed to create an intentionally-designed space.
The first step was to bring all ideas to the table. At the same time, our philosophy was honed and our mission and vision clarified. Following that, we began development of our program based on these ideas.
Then – after all the pieces were clarified – were we able to begin looking at how the facility would support the mission. In many centers, the building dictates how the program will flow. In this case, however, we were very lucky to be able to design the building to support our philosophy.
When the design process began, we brought together a team of professionals who were integral in the process of dreaming, offering input and opinions: Red Door teachers, program developers, members of the Alloy 5 architectural and design firm, donors and representatives from the construction team. It took several meetings and many hours to finalize the design plan.
What did we want this space to be? Above all, peaceful and calm with bright natural light; access to the outdoors; fresh and vibrant; visually open; classrooms for specialized activities such as our science lab, art studio, greenhouse and library; areas within the classrooms for children to get cozy with books and friends; an indoor space for gross motor activities; a kid-kitchen; plenty of bathrooms (you don’t realize how important toilets are unless you’re there day to day!) and a natural outside play space giving kids the chance to design his/her play.
Red Door Early Learning Center – Center Valley will exceed your expectations in every way – from the physical space to the quality of the teachers to the commitment of our Board of Directors to the program design. Everything has been intentionally designed and chosen to support our vision in the community.
Construction is ongoing and you’ll all be invited to our ribbon cutting this summer. We hope you’ll consider Red Door for your child’s early foundation!
Red Door’s Vision Statement
In addition to developmentally appropriate foundational concepts for early childhood, we are always enhancing our programs with the following fun, creative and unique program components:
1. Developing resilient children
2. Offering an intentional and purposeful program
3. Teaching mindfulness through mind-body-heart connections
4. Increasing exposure and creating connections to nature
5. Physical, mental, emotional and social growth through healthy choices
6. Being socially responsible
7. Developing critical thinking and personal responsibility
8. Developing authentic relationships with our students and families
9. Teaching children to be curious, ask questions and look closely
10. Modeling community service