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November 11 , 2005

Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill Celebrates its New Space

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill will celebrate its new facility with an open house at its Lyman Street location on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tours will begin at 3 p.m., followed by remarks by President Carol T. Christ and others at 4 p.m. The new childhood education center, a 10,500-square-foot construction on the grounds of the Lyman Estate at Fort Hill, replaces the former school located in the Fort Hill mansion as well as in three apartment units on the property.

The year-round program enrolls about 80 children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years. Also, Smith students in education and child study often teach at the center.

Accompanying the new building at Fort Hill will soon be three new playground spaces designed in a naturalized style by Smith faculty, staff and students. Due for completion this fall, the playgrounds will possibly incorporate a theme of the progression of caterpillars to butterflies, a combination of references to the site’s history as the one-time home of Northampton’s silk mogul, the school’s curriculum, and the popular story books of local children’s author Eric Carle.

Access to the parking lot is available through the driveway at the far end of Lyman Road.


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Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

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