The Lake Stevens School District has provided early learning opportunities for disadvantaged students for many years. Originally located in an old wood-framed building with adjacent portable classrooms, it is currently housed in modular buildings that had served alternative high school students. Recognizing the impact early learning opportunities can have in lower income students’ educational success as they progress through the later grades, the District is constructing a new 21,000 SF facility to house and expand this opportunity.
The new Early Learning Center will be co-located with a new K-5 elementary school, creating a P-5 campus that will provide a continuum of services for three-, four-, and five-year-old students up through fifth grade. Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and their Developmental Preschool Programs will be co-located in the facility, sharing access to the adjacent elementary school, secure indoor and outdoor play spaces, as well as a variety of pull-out areas where quieter activities can occur.