Early Childhood Education Center

CHA was hired to collaborate with the University of Maine at Farmington’s Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education faculty and the teachers and staff at the university’s existing Sweatt-Winter Childcare Center on their new Early Childhood Education Center. CHA conducted space planning and visioning exercises with the Building Committee and the nine different stakeholder groups the Building Committee assembled to ensure all voices were heard. These intensive information-gathering activities allowed our design team to engage with end-users from all perspectives to craft a strong vision statement of what the wider community desired.

The Early Childhood Education Center nurtures the growth of the children, students, teachers, and professors it serves by providing a safe environment from which curiosity, discovery, and independence ripple outward. The Building Committee and design team are moving forward with transforming a former 10,000 SF former banking call center into the university’s new early childhood education center to better serve community families, university students, university faculty, and the teachers and staff of the childcare center.