Water dripped from ceilings and echoed through damp, empty rooms when Ellis acquired 58 Berkeley Street in 2009. The property had been vacant for years and was in a state of significant disrepair.
Turning that building into a state of the art Early Education Center was a major challenge – and one that Leo Delaney and the Board embraced wholeheartedly.
Completed in 2012, the results of this ambitious $7.5 million project speak for themselves. 58 Berkeley Street has been completely restored and transformed into a bright and busy facility filled with 117 children every day. The ground floor is home to three infant classrooms with 7 children in each, and 4 toddler classrooms with 8 children in each.
On the second floor the Center has three large preschool classrooms with 20 children in each. All of our classrooms were designed to create optimal learning environments based on current research pertaining to size, arrangement, lighting, play space, private space, furniture and soft areas.
Classrooms are spacious, allowing for multiple activity centers in each, and filled with natural light. All children have access to large open areas on each floor for exercise and special activities.
In addition, our preschool classrooms benefit from outdoor instruction at the BNY Mellon Garden and Science Center, an outdoor deck for container gardening and science experiments directly adjacent to two of the preschool classrooms. Opening the Early Education Center allowed Ellis to increase access to early education for 16 families, and to create 7 new full time jobs.
"When I leave my son off in the morning at Ellis, I feel like I am leaving him with family. He is so loved by his teachers and he has just thrived in the Ellis experience. As a parent, I couldn’t ask for more!” -Stacy G., parent