Mount Washington Preschools Begins Acoustic Remediation Project at La Casita Verde

Pat Griffith

Mount Washington Preschools has begun an outreach campaign to rectify and remediate the Image by Martha Benedictvolume of noise in the Preschool room at La Casita Verde.  While quiet times are fully acceptable, the noise-level of 24 active 3 and 4 year-olds is noticeably loud because of the hard-surfaced, very high peaked ceiling. Over the last two years, much advice and many suggestions have been offered, but Mount Washington Preschools has now employed both a contractor and an acoustic engineer who are experienced in this sort of remediation and are also experienced in the City’s requirements and processes, including working on a building with an Historical Monument designation. The room to be remediated is not a historic structure, but was added in 2000, initially intended to serve 15 infants. However, as La Casita Verde expanded to include preschoolers, as well as infants and toddlers, this room changed usage. 

La Casita Verde is a City-owned building designated to provide early childhood education and care and to ensure that a majority of the families served are low- to moderate-income. Under MWPCCC management, led by Darlene Cabrera, Executive Director, the center is fully enrolled and serving our entire neighborhood, integrating families from all economic and social backgrounds. The current goal is to meet the acoustic standards of Head Start, the Federal early childhood education program, which will then hopefully allow MWPCCC to seek additional ways to support low-income families.

So far, the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council has contributed $2,500 towards the initial testing as a Neighborhood Purposes Grant, and the Historic Highland Park NC has referred a request for support to their Budget & Finance Committee. MWPCCC is also applying for further grants and working with the Community Development Department on other sources of funding to complete this project.

Mount Washington Preschool and Child Care Center’s (MWPCCC) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to create, manage, and sustain developmentally appropriate, high quality, accessible, culturally sensitive childcare and family support services in our diverse community.  As an 18 year independent 501(c)(3) organization that operates preschool and child care centers for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, MWPCCC prepares children for Kindergarten and a lifetime of learning by offering them a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, nurturing staff, and a commitment to children’s social well-being in an environment that respects and celebrates diversity.



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