Rockwood School District Early Childhood Education
services in the Eureka quadrant have found a home in the former Eureka Elementary School.
Before the 2019-2020 school year, Early Childhood classrooms for Eureka students were spread out to satellite locations in elementary schools such as Blevins
. With Eureka Elementary moving into its new building, the district saw an opportunity to centralize its Eureka Early Childhood services.
"It's nice to have a place where we can build the community in Eureka," said Eureka Early Childhood teacher Kim Amin, who has also worked in the district's Vandover and Clarkson Valley centers
. "Having a place where we can have PTO meetings and community events, we're really pulling this side of the district in. We're getting more students coming into our programs because of this."
The new-look Eureka Early Childhood Center includes a new playground and a Rockwood Parents as Teachers
hub in the former elementary school's library. The centralized location also gives teachers the opportunity to enjoy all of the Early Childhood resources the district has to offer under one roof.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to collaborate directly with administrators, teachers, therapists, parent educators, diagnostic and screening teams and our social worker," said Eureka teacher Leslei Harper, who has worked for Rockwood Early Childhood Education for 17 years. "Our secretaries and custodians have supported us well as we transitioned into our new center and established our classrooms and work spaces."
The Eureka Early Childhood Center is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new location at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. The event is open to the public and includes refreshments and tours of the center.
"Our staff has respectfully earned its place in the #EurekaStrong community," Harper said. "We are so excited to be a part of the Eureka community and teach Rockwood's youngest learners."
Rockwood Early Childhood Education open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is Tuesday, Jan. 21. Children must be 3 years old by July 31, 2020, in order to be eligible for the upcoming school year.
"The addition of the Eureka Early Childhood Center is an amazing opportunity to better serve our students and families," said Director Early Childhood Dr. Suzanne Foshage. "Being a three-center program, we can reach families is all areas of Rockwood.
Interested parents can schedule tours at these Early Childhood locations by calling the following numbers:
- Clarkson Valley center and Ballwin Elementary: 636-891-6200
- Vandover center and Rockwood high schools: 636-891-6260
- Eureka center: 636-891-6275
Visit the Rockwood Early Childhood Education website for more information.