May 1, 2020
by Oscar Rennebohm Foundation
Reach Dane’s Head Start Program is set to renovate a new childcare and education center in South Madison for underserved children.
Grants from the Administration for Children and Families and the City of Madison provided funding for the purchase and renovation of the building and property, which will be large enough to provide a full school day of programming for enrolled preschool children, and will also be used for infant and toddler programming.
The space is scheduled to open in Fall 2021, and will include indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, two playgrounds, dining and meeting spaces, a lactation room, offices, and a multipurpose room.
Spaces were designed by local architectural firm, Sketchworks, to provide an inviting and soothing place for children who have experienced trauma, including calm colors and squishy surfaces.
Funding for the multipurpose room, which will include a climbing wall, projector, and seating, was contributed to by a $50,000 grant from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation.