Brattain Elementary may have closed its doors to Springfield Public Schools students, but there are still plenty of little footsteps heard in its hallways.
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 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 has resulted in more classroom space in several schools. The facility also houses the district's Occupational and Physical Therapy program, the Springfield Education Association and the grant-funded WET/WELL programs.
For more information about the early learning programs at the Brattain Early Learning Center, located at 425 10th St., call 541-736-1809.