Hawken Celebrates Grand Opening of New Early Childhood Center

Aug 08, 2011, 10:43 ET from Hawken School

LYNDHURST, Ohio, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hawken community will gather on Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2011 to celebrate the opening of the school's new Early Childhood Center, a facility designed to support the best in innovative education for young learners. The new Center marks the culmination of several years of nationally acclaimed programmatic planning that was developed through extensive research. The resulting Hawken Developmental Continuum documents each individual child's growth across five domains of development, establishing Hawken as one of the most cutting edge early childhood programs in Ohio and beyond.

The interior of Hawken's new facility resulted from a collaboration with the nationally known educational design firm Creative Environments Design Collaborative. The center's design accommodates Hawken's unique program, which is grounded in the belief that the aesthetic environment plays a significant role in a child's development. Hawken's new space will enhance programming by inspiring exploration, supporting a range of social learning experiences, and encouraging development of motor skills.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, renowned education expert, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus Harvard Medical School, and founder of Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston, along with co-author Dr. Joshua D. Sparrow, Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, will provide the 1:30 p.m. keynote address followed by a festive ribbon cutting.

An open house from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. will feature tours of the new center. Doctors Brazelton and Sparrow will be available for book signing during the Open House.  Hawken's new Early Childhood Center is located on the school's Lyndhurst campus at 5000 Clubside Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124. The public is invited to attend; reservations can be made at www.hawken.edu/thebeginning.

Founded in 1915 and recognized as one of the premier college preparatory schools in the nation, Hawken School is an independent, nonsectarian, coed day school of approximately 960 students in preschool through grade 12. With its diverse student body and innovative approach to academics, Hawken prepares students for tomorrow's world through the development of character and intellect. Hawken has two campuses in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland and an urban extension campus in University Circle.

SOURCE Hawken School