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With improved amenities and programming, Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood Center reopens



Little Rock, Arkansas – Reopening is a school that was shuttered for the entire academic year for renovations.

After being renovated, the Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood Center is now a fully operational early childhood facility that accepts students up to the age of five. A representative of the Rockefeller family was among the officials from the city and schools who attended a ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday morning to commemorate the rebirth.

The renovated center has been “reimagined” by the Little Rock School District after the 50,000-square-foot refurbishment. A community room, a nursing room, maker spaces for creativity, a reading room, an exploration and discovery area, and more are among the services offered by the refurbished institution.
Students can also take advantage of the center’s treatment services and brand-new, research- and evidence-based Frog Street Curriculum.

The Little Rock School District’s Early Childhood Director, Esther Jones, praises the center’s staff and instructional initiatives.

“More importantly than even the building is what will be happening inside when it comes to teaching and learning. We have a learning environment that is state of the art, but we also have some of the best teachers in the state of Arkansas…Our teachers are certified in early childhood education, our Pre-K aids, our support staff, they have CDA’s or they’re working toward getting CDA’s, we are constantly developing and training ourselves, myself included,” Jones says.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood Center’s principal, Ann Freeman, describes this program as offering a “safe and nurturing environment.” She claims that emphasis is being placed on a top-notch education.

“Engaging students in a high-quality education and providing them a high-quality experience, educational experience, and providing them with the tools needed to help them be successful is one of the best investments we could ever make in the life of a child. And us, we here at Rockefeller, will continue to make that a high priority,” Freeman says. “We are committed to making this one of the best early childhood centers in the nation.”

The district states that they are thrilled to use this institution to carry on former Governor Winthrop Rockefeller’s legacy.


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