Brattain Elementary may have closed its doors to Springfield Public Schools students, but there are still plenty of little footsteps heard in its hallways this fall.
The 2010-11 Facilities Advisory Committee determined that the Brattain facility would be ideal as a location for other programs or younger students. Taking that recommendation to heart, the district has reopened the facility as Brattain Early Learning Center (BELC).
The BELC houses partner organizations that currently serve pre-kindergarten students in schools and buildings throughout Springfield, including Head Start, Early Childhood CARES, and the Early Education Program. The programs primarily serve low-income, at-risk, or developmentally delayed children and families.
Consolidating the locations of these programs into the Brattain facility will create classroom space in several schools, as well as empty the “old Mt. Vernon” property on 42nd Street—moving the district closer to disposing of the property. There will also be room to house other district programs: Occupational and Physical Therapy and the grant-funded WET/WELL programs.
The facility also has offices for the district's Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs, Springfield Education Association and WET and WELL classrooms.
For more information about the early learning programs at the Brattain Early Learning Center, located at 425 10th St., call 541-736-1809.
Background: Brattain Elementary School closed as of the end of the 2011-12 school year. The decision was made as a result of the 2010-11 Facilities Advisory Committee process.