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Peake Childhood Center, the City of Newport News, and Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC) are working on a project to enhance early education outcomes and transform the lives of children and their families in Newport News and the greater Peninsula. Newport News is leading the effort by creating a state of the art facility in which the partnership can thrive.

The building contains 15 classrooms, within which Peake will serve approximately 200 children, six weeks to five years of age. The footing for the new center can be seen in the above drone photo, identifiable by its unique U-shape. The shape of the building encloses an outdoor learning area that will hold multiple age-appropriate playgrounds and a water play area. The large room at the top right of the ‘U’ will be our gross motor skills room. This room has become a favorite at our Hampton location and provides limitless opportunities for physical development.

At the bottom right of the ‘U’ is a large classroom and office for Virginia Peninsula Community College’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development. VPCC’s Center will serve as an avenue for teacher preparation and credentialing. VPCC students will take classes and work with Peake children much like is done in a lab school. Graduates will go on to fill the overwhelming shortage of early childhood educators in our region.

The partnership reflects each agency’s commitment to ensure that our communities offer equitable access to resources for early childhood. The collaboration of a local government, nonprofit, and community college will serve as a model for other localities in Virginia and across the country.

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