Benefits of Early Childhood Learning

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Experience early childhood learning where color and play is celebrated. BRW Architects partnered with Dallas ISD to open its first standalone Early Childhood Center. Studies have shown that the earlier children learn the more likely they succeed later in life. “90% of human brain development happens before age 5. In other words, waiting until Kindergarten to start teaching our kids is already too late.” The ECC gives underserved students the opportunity for free public education as early as three years old. Outdoor play, indoor play, flexible space, distributed dining, connection to the outside… are integral to providing a positive early learning experience. Find out how Dallas ISD is providing this critical opportunity for students.

#1: Discover the program challenges of implementing a stand-alone early childhood on an existing public school campus.
#2: Learn the benefits of early childhood learning from the Dallas ISD Administration.
#3: Understand how design in education facilities enhances early cognitive learning.
#4: Learn how DISD does and will addresses the passing of the State of Texas HB3 funding full-time early learning for 4 year olds.

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner. 

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.    

Anne Hildenbrand, AIA, Associate Principal, BRW Architects
Anne is the daughter of two collegiate chemists and granddaughter of an artist. She embodies the vision for both right and left-brain thinkers. She joined BRW Architects in 1996 and is a Associate Principal of the education studio. She leads project teams fostering client relationships on many of the education studio’s most complex projects. Anne has a broad range of expertise in quality control, programming, sustainable design, product specification, and cost and code analysis. I find joy in working with others to achieve a common goal; especially individuals who possess talents, skills, and knowledge that differs from mine. 

Monica Ramirez, Director of Early Learning - Programs & Partnerships, Dallas ISD
Monica is currently the Director for Early Learning in Dallas ISD. She has 26 years of experiences in elementary education in a public school setting. She has been a teacher, instructional coach, instructional specialist, manager and reading technical assistant. In her role as the Director of Programs & Partnerships for Dallas ISD, she oversees and manages a team of over 100 specialists who support prekindergarten through second grade teachers across the district. She also directs and manages the SRI program which support over 100 prekindergarten teachers in childcare centers across the city of Dallas.

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