Stillwater Area Public Schools
Early Childhood Family Center
Stillwater Area Public Schools saw a need within their community to provide greater educational support for families with young children, facilitate deeper connections between parents and children from birth to kindergarten, and empower community members with resources for child development. Collaborating with Courage Center St. Croix and Northeast Metro School District 916, the idea for the facility was to accommodate this growing need while bringing together therapy and special education services in one location.
BWBR helped the school district explore several options, from leasing or buying an existing facility to building new. The final solution created a new multipurpose early childhood education center near an existing junior high school based on space needs analysis, site analysis, programming, and stakeholder consensus building. The new center brings under one roof classrooms; therapy rooms including services for speech, physical, sensory motor, and break out rooms; and a playground area, ensuring flexibility and safety for all ages and needs of children who may use the facility. Additionally, the center also features conference rooms for parents, community rooms, and offices in order to foster an active and friendly environment for families and staff.
Size: 46,000 sq. ft.
Components: 16 classrooms including spaces for children who are deaf/have hearing issues; parent education and community rooms; 12 therapy rooms with certain rooms for speech, physical, sensory motor services; kitchenette and break out rooms; large and small conference rooms; large gym; office for coordinators, including teaching staff workstations and nurse station; resource library; playground area