Enriching Early Childhood Education

Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School

Bloomfield, Connecticut

Engaging students in relevant, connected, and authentic learning experiences helped drive the design of this early childhood magnet school. The school partners with the local 4-H Auer Farm Education Center on an environmentally-themed curriculum inspired by the agricultural history of the land.

 

The Wintonbury Early Childhood School is the first interdistrict magnet school built in Connecticut to provide full day instruction. It serves 330 children, ages 3 to 5 years from 6 surrounding towns in a 48,000 sq.ft. facility.

 

The design arranges three 6-classroom clusters, reminiscent of farm sheds, around a central courtyard in a pinwheel-like form. Each cluster houses 112 students and has its own meeting/play area, opening into a center courtyard. In addition to farm activities, the curriculum of the new school emphasizes vocabulary skills and includes math, science and social studies.

Architect

Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects

 

Size / Cost

48,000 SF / $16.2 million

 

Awards

AIA Connecticut

AIA New England

 

Services

Structural, mechanical, electrical and

plumbing/fire protection