Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach, an early childhood education center on the Barton Elementary School campus, opened July 2018. The school serves as a regional hub for early learning professional development, demonstrating how programs can use evidence-based approaches to provide quality early childhood education for low-income families. A dual-language learning program serves as a model for other early childhood programs and connects to related programs in K-12 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. As an Educare network school, Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach also will help drive change in early childhood policy and practices statewide to increase access to high-quality early education for all children.
The 32,000 square-foot campus includes 16 classrooms, age-appropriate outdoor play spaces and a two-story main building with a multi-purpose room, staff training room, parent resource room and conference room. The project includes a new 68-space parking lot to be shared by Educare facility and Barton Elementary school staff with an 18-space visitor and student drop-off parking lot for the Educare facility.
Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is the 22nd Educare school in the United States and serves children during their first five years to prepare them for success in school and life.