Just a month and a half after the groundbreaking ceremony at Barton Elementary School in north Long Beach, the final eight modules of a 31,483-foot Educare Long Beach campus have been installed.
On July 15, American Modular Systems (AMS) installed the two-story prefabricated building, where the campus will serve low-income children in the Long Beach Unified School District. According to a release, the new Educare School will offer a full day, year round early learning program for children from low to middle income families.
Educare will provide research-based programs that have been proven to prepare young children for kindergarten. A comprehensive early childhood program, Educare seeks to create a strong foundation for successful learning in young children.
"Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach will focus on changing the life trajectory for low-income children from birth to 5 years old by helping them prepare for success in school and life," according to the nonprofit's mission statement.
The campus will include a two-story administration building, along with three single-story classroom buildings. The classroom buildings will include 16 open-concept classrooms, and can accommodate 200 students.
“"We're proud to have Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach as our first Gen7 Two-Story campus," Tony Sarich, vice president of operations for AMS and Gen7 Schools, said in a release.
AMS was able to deliver a design that cost significantly less than a conventional design, by partnering early with LBUSD, officials said.
"Partnering early in the process with the district and AMS enabled us to optimize budget, schedule and design utilizing the Gen7 approach," Brian Dougherty, district architect, said.
The estimated cost for construction for the Educare building is $18 million. Both public and private entities contributed to the developmental costs.
According to Educare, partnerships include the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE LA, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Education Foundation, LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, The Advancement Project, Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Situated across the street from the Carmelitos Housing Project, the largest affordable housing community in Los Angeles County, the location of the Long Beach Educare campus is appropriate, officials agreed.
“Every child deserves a chance to learn and a chance to reach their full potential,” Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County supervisor, said in a release. “A facility like this has the potential to lift up families and rewrite the futures of a generation of local students.”
Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is the 22nd school in the national Educare Learning Network, and will open its doors in summer 2018. The school is at at 1100 East Del Amo Blvd.
For more information on Educare, visit www.educareschools.org.