Educare of

Bounce DC
Washington, DC
2 acres
Completion date
July 2012

This unique environment and program designed for Washington D.C.'s Parkside Neighborhood provides care and learning for 175 children, birth to five years old. 

RDG assisted the Educare Learning Network in creating the fourteenth school in their growing national network, located just under four miles from the U.S. Capitol Building. This model early childhood school unites the national partners of the Network with local public-private partners and the D.C. neighborhood to improve early education for at-risk children in the District of Columbia. The built environment establishes interconnections between the inviting interior spaces of the facility along with inspiring outdoor play areas. Educare of Washington D.C. blends the best programmatic and environment characteristics of the Network's current schools, nurturing not only the children that pass thru its doors but also the understanding that why such nurture is important. 

Extended roof plane defines outdoor classroom.
Outdoor learning and play directly adjacent to classrooms.
Transparency of piazza and multipurpose room focus views on the exterior courtyard .
Space to support learning and socialization outside the classroom.
Transparency at hallway opens views to learning courtyard.
Merit Award
AIA Nebraska Chapter
Gold Award for Education Project under 50,000 SF
IIDA Great Plains Chapter
Best of Show Award
IIDA Great Plains Chapter
Commercial Architecture Citation Award
AIA Central States Region
Merit Award
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.