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Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten planning expansion

5/10/17

Elizabeth Medora
Staff

ANTHEM – Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten plans to construct a new 3,000 sq. ft. building on the plot adjoining the current school building. The expansion is expected to be completed in time for the new school year.

“They should be breaking ground here in the next few weeks,” said owner Rose Urness, M.S. Ed., during a tour last week.

The school received the go-ahead on the expansion from the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors at their April 26 meeting, and the project is now in full swing. Urness said that the design of the new building will be very similar to the current school. The school will also be adding parking spaces. Urness noted to the Board of Directors at the April meeting that parents must park and come into the building to pick up their children, so parents will not be lining up on the street at pick-up time and traffic shouldn't be impacted.

The new building will house two kindergarten classrooms and a 2,000 sq. ft. multi-sensory gym, which will include a rock wall, cargo nets, ball pits, and an educational, interactive playground, which Urness said will be the first of its kind in Phoenix. The Kinetic Kids Play gym will utilize a projection screen that will allow the gym to transform into multiple different games, as well as projecting learning tools like maps.

The need for more classes became clear last year when every open spot was filled within five minutes of registration opening.

“I said, ‘I need to get new classrooms!,’” Urness recounted.

The preschool and kindergarten has received strong community support, and Urness said most of the children who start in preschool stay at Creative Castle for the next three years, through kindergarten. Urness also said many of the children there have older siblings who also went to Creative Castle.

“This is our eleventh year,” Urness said. “All my teachers have been with me pretty much since we opened.”

Each Creative Castle class is capped at 12 students. Creative Castle now has approximately 180 students ages 2½ to 6 enrolled, who attend at differing days and times, as classes are staggered. Openings for preschool are expected for the 2017-18 school year as current students move up; call Creative Castle at (602) 740-9561 to ask about enrollment or schedule a tour.

August 2017 is the projected completion of the expansion; see project updates at http://creativecastlepreschool.com.