B-TOWN BIZ: Curiosity Corner School Moving To New Location After 13 Years
Longtime Burien non-profit Curiosity Corner School will be moving into a new location after spending 13 years next to the Goodwill on SW 128th.
The new location is in the complex known as “Time Square.” No, it’s not where a glittering ball drops ‘Snooki’ down to a huge crowd of revelers on New Year’s Eve – it’s at the corner of First Ave South and SW 156th, right here in Burien.
The school, which serves up to 50 children ages 0-5 years old, was founded in 1985 to serve kids in the Burien, White Center and West Seattle areas. Over the past 22 years, they estimate to have served over 2,000 children in the area.
“We’re moving because we outgrew our current location,” said Director Kathy Wahlborg. “At one point we thought we were going to have to close down, until our Real Estate Agent Sally Law found this space.”
The new location, which is slated to open sometime in November, will include new classrooms – an Infant Toddler one on the south side, and a Headstart one on the north – as well as office space and an outdoor playground area.
“We’re also moving toward full accreditation with the NAEYAC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), ” Wahlborg added.
According to their website, Curiosity Corner’s Mission is:
To provide a quality child care program for children 4 weeks to 5 years of age while supporting parents in positive parenting skills and providing information on children’s developmental stages, healthy family dynamic, self esteem and personal growth. We are committed to providing quality programs to serve all ages and phases of family life.
Child Care Center: To provide a program where children are comfortable to explore and grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and physically.
Family Support: To teach parenting skills and help parents provide positive guidance for their children. To provide parents a support system. To help parents understand their child’s behavior at different stages and ages.
As parents and children participate in our program, we strive to enrich and support their families with new strengths that help them manage their home life. Curiosity Corner will act as a facilitator to benefit all those who walk through our doors.
Here are some photos of the new (and old) locations as taken by Scott Schaefer: