This new magnet preschool houses 336 children, ages 3-5, from Avon, Bloomfield, East Granby, Granby, Simsbury and West Hartford. The school has an agricultural/science and inquiry theme and was designed with both the students and families in mind. It is divided into three community-type segments or pods, each containing six classrooms (two for each age group), reminiscent of farm sheds. Each classroom is equipped with a speech amplification system, smart board, observation window and radiant floor heating.
The building exterior is a composition of a white cedar rain screen and green slate, both proven for their low maintenance requirements and durability. A center courtyard has three outdoor learning areas: a gardening area with a greenhouse, a playscape area with riding space for tricycles and an area designated for dramatic play. The building also includes a “kids kitchen”, multi-purpose room, family resource room and kitchen/cafeteria.