Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center dedication Thursday

Saturday, June 1, 2019

You are invited to the dedication ceremony for the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center on June 6, 2019 at 6pm. The event will be held at the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center, 1900 N 170th St., Shoreline.

The new 55,000 square foot facility is home to all of Shoreline Public Schools’ preschool programs. Those programs include Shoreline Children’s Center tuition-based preschool, Head Start and Early Childhood Education. The architect for the project is Mahlum Architects and the contractor is BNBuilders.

The open, bright and modern spaces are a big change from the Shoreline Children’s Center that was originally built in 1957. The original building was home to Meridian Elementary until it became the Shoreline Children’s Center in 1985.

Construction of the new facility was funded through a $250 million school construction bond approved by 73 percent of voters in February 2017. That bond is also funding construction of new Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools and a new Parkwood Elementary. You can learn more about these other projects here.

“We are very fortunate to work, live and learn in a community that has such an amazing history of investing in and supporting our schools, students and staff,” said Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“This new facility is a shining example of that commitment to the transformative power of public education. It will serve as the foundation for the success of a new generation of students who will walk through its doors and for that we are incredibly grateful.”

The Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center is named after Edwin Pratt, a local civil rights leader who was assassinated in front of his home in Shoreline on January 26, 1969, at the age of 38. As a founding member of the Central Area Civil Rights Committee and Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League, Pratt dedicated his life and career to promoting racial equality and social justice. He led civil rights campaigns against housing discriminations, school segregation and employment bias.


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