Double Oaks Child Development Center is Re-born in State of the Art Facility
Charlotte, NC – December 7 2011 – The Double Oaks Child Development Center, a new 5,200-square foot facility with programming designed to achieve a 5-star rating, has opened to more than 26 toddlers and infants putting in place another component in the revitalization of the Statesville Avenue Corridor. The center, located one mile north of Center City and part of the Historic Double Oaks neighborhood, is one of many distinctive offerings coming to the Statesville Avenue Corridor including a new fire department headquarters, street improvements, and new homes.
“We are thrilled to open a center that we hope will be a standard bearer for the highest quality childcare given the facility’s design quality, certified teachers, and a research-based curriculum with appropriate educational materials,” said Sandy Weathersbee, Double Oaks Child Development Center Board Chair. “Our vision is that every child will be ready to enter kindergarten excited about learning, and parents will be fully engaged in the success of their child both in and out of the classroom,” added Weathersbee.
The new child development center is the re-birth of the original Double Oaks Nursery that began as a joint venture between the Presbytery of Charlotte and Myers Park Presbyterian Church, operating from 1950 – 2007. The new center will serve infants through pre-kindergarten aged children and includes six classrooms, a commercial kitchen, and secured playgrounds for each age group.
Developed by The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and designed by Shook Kelley, the center will accommodate 74 children addressing early childhood education needs of families from various communities and income levels. In addition to the child development center, improvements in the evolving Statesville Avenue Corridor include construction of a new Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters, road improvements that will transform Statesville Avenue into a three-lane pedestrian friendly street, and the re-development of the Double Oaks neighborhood and Anita Stroud Park by The Housing Partnership in conjunction with various community partners.