Goodwin College to Cut the Ribbon on New Early Childhood Magnet School
Exciting learning and discovery opportunities await children and teachers alike as Goodwin College prepares to cut the ribbon on its new early childhood magnet school.
On Monday, September 9, the College will officially open the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School recently built at 29 Willowbrook Road. The College will hold a ceremony on the grounds at 11 a.m.
Cookie Monster will be making his way from Sesame Street to assist in the ribbon cutting on the new school.
The school, designed and operating on the innovative Reggio Emilia model, is enrolling 240 total students in the prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. As an interdistrict magnet school, the school is welcoming children ages 3 to 5 from throughout the Greater Hartford region. A large percentage of students are from Hartford, with significant numbers of children also coming from East Hartford and surrounding suburbs. The College has reserved 15 percent of spots for the children of Goodwin students and employees.
The school will open with 11 prekindergarten classes and four kindergarten classes. Two adults will staff every classroom, with a fully certified teacher and an assistant teacher. Additionally, students will receive lessons in art and music from certified teachers. The building also includes a full library and media center.
A meet and greet for parents and children is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27. Kindergartners and half of the prekindergarten will begin at the new school on Wednesday, August 28. The other half of the prekindergarten will attend their first day on Thursday, August 29, along with the full kindergarten. On Friday, Aug 30, the full complement of students and teachers will attend school together. The official ribbon cutting will follow on the Monday after Labor Day, once the children and staff are a bit settled in their new school.
Svigals + Partners Architects of New Haven designed the school, a one-story, 30,000 square-foot state-of-the-art early learning center built next door to the existing Willowbrook School. The building’s design and structure are very much part of the Reggio Emilia concept, which encourages nature, discovery, and exploration as major components of a child’s learning.
The Reggio Emilia model encourages students to take direction over their learning and to make connections with other children and adults. Children learn through the senses and are provided with endless opportunities to express themselves.
Students in Goodwin College’s Early Childhood Education and Child Study programs will be actively involved at the Magnet School. As a laboratory school, the Goodwin College students will observe and contribute to lessons.
Goodwin College has hired Jenna Tenore, formerly the principal of the Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School in Bloomfield, as Director of the new school.
The school is the second magnet school to open on the Goodwin College River Campus. In January, the College will open the permanent home of the Connecticut River Academy, its existing high school with an Environmental Science curriculum. Goodwin is partnering with LEARN, a Regional Educational Service Center, on both the Academy and the Early Childhood Magnet School. A third school, the new home of the Hartford Board of Education’s Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, is on track to open in April.