Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center is the new home of the UNLV/CSUN Preschool, which is a program of the UNLV Department of Educational & Clinical Studies. The center fosters the learning, growth, and development of children through promotion of integrated communities and facilities that focus on the whole child. This focus is grounded in classrooms and a center that are nurturing and inclusive learning communities, offering a curriculum that provides activities that are individually appropriate, and making available equipment and materials that give young children opportunities to learn through exploration and interaction with their environments.
Opening: January 20, 2004.
Cost: $5.8 million, funded chiefly by a $5 million donation from Lynn Bennett and her late husband, William, and other donations, including one from Dr. Joseph and Joan Lapan.
Size: Nearly 21,000 square feet of classroom and administrative space on 62,000 square feet of land, including approximately 30,000 square feet of playground space.
Staff: 20 full time staff and 135 student workers.
Enrollment: 250 families are currently enrolled, with a maximum capacity of 400, which includes a number of part-time enrollments.
Ages Served: Six weeks to five years.
Licensure: State of Nevada Department of Human Resources, Division of Child and Family Services, Bureau of Services for Child Care.
Accreditation: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Community Partnerships: The Clark County School District Special Education Department and Nevada Early Intervention Services.
On-Campus Partnerships: Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (CSUN), UNLV School of Nursing, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Department of Psychology, and Department of Physical Therapy.
Architect: Eric Strain, Assemblage Studio.
Construction Firm: Isaac Building and Design Co.
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