Hawken’s new Early Childhood Center provides a Regio Emilia inspired environment that supports their nationally recognized early childhood programming. The interior of the new facility, designed in collaboration with Creative Environments Design Collaborative, focused on developing inspiring spaces to accommodate Hawken’s unique developmental continuum, which is grounded in the belief that the aesthetic environment plays a significant role in a child’s development. Hawken’s new space enhances programming by inspiring exploration, supporting a range of social learning experiences, and encouraging development of motor skills.
Phase I of Hawken’s new Early Childhood Center was completed in August 2011 and includes a shared community space with kitchen area; additional prekindergarten classrooms; renovated classrooms; upgraded office, conference, and faculty spaces; and a new Learning Enhancement Center.
Phase II will be completed in August 2012 and includes a new facade that continues the Georgian architecture of the existing Lyndhurst campus, a new Lower School entrance, and classroom renovations are not copies of the original, but allow a harmony to form between the buildings of the campus.