Construction on the ground and basement levels of 556 Fifth Avenue, which is being renovated to serve as the new facility for the Park Slope Schoolhouse Child Care Center, has begun. The center is currently located at 515 Sixth Street.
The renovated space, anticipated to be complete this summer, will be used to house the Park Slope Schoolhouse (PSS), a licensed child care facility serving children aged one through three years old (most of whom are four years by the time they “graduate.”)
There will be three classrooms, a multipurpose room and offices for the director and the administrative manager. There is a small outdoor space behind the building that will serve as a play yard.
The project was designed by Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, LLC, whose project manager, Elissa Icso AIA, is also a board member and parent of a current Schoolhouse child and of an alum of the school.
Park Slope Schoolhouse is a newly formed, non-profit, early childhood preschool program that formerly operated as the Berkeley Carroll Child Care Center and earlier, as the MHB Child Care Center (founded by New York Methodist Hospital).
The center offers a full academic childcare year, running from September through August, with two-, three- and five-day programs and with early drop-off (7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (6:30 p.m.) offered at no additional cost.