Nurtury Learning Lab Receives LEED® Green Building Certification
Nurtury Learning Lab
Jamaica Plain, MA - August 1, 2017
Nurtury, New England's first early education and care agency, had its' Jamaica Plain location, the Nurtury Learning Lab, awarded the prestigious LEED® Green Building certification in April of this year.
The Learning Lab is one of five center-based program locations in Nurtury's footprint, and it serves as Nurtury's flagship center. The Learning Lab incorporates the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of becoming a replicable, national model for delivering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area.
The Learning Lab was designed by StudioMLA Architects with the intent of achieving LEED® certification. "The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance." (Source: StudioMLA Architects)
"The development, design, and construction of the Learning Lab at Mildred C. Hailey represents the single most ambitious project in Nurtury's history, and it will make a lasting, positive impact on the urban fabric of this neighborhood," said Wayne Ysaguirre, Nurtury's President & CEO.
The Nurtury Learning Lab spans 22,400 square feet in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments (formerly Bromley-Heath) and was built to support classrooms and outdoor natural play for 175 infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
USGBC says: "The work of innovative building projects such as Nurtury Learning Lab is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, designed and operated," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC." (Source: StudioMLA Architects)
Nurtury Chosen to be Featured in PBS Docuseries "Our Kids"
Boston - June 12, 2017
"Our Kids" is a 4-part documentary film series for a PBS broadcast based on the best-selling book by Harvard professor, Robert Putnam, who The Sunday Times of London has called, "the most influential academic in the world." The film examines the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor kids, and what our communities can do to narrow the gap -- from early-learning reading and math programs, to juvenile justice reform, to tech industry apprenticeship programs.The film will profile innovative programs that are succeeding in narrowing the opportunity gap and that can be replicated in other communities subject to cost and community involvement." (Source: Media Policy Center) Filming for this project will take place at Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain in early August and will involve on-camera interviews with staff, teachers and children.
Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre said: "We are grateful to be given the opportunity to highlight Nurtury's work around narrowing the achievement gap, specifically for children ages birth to five. As we continue to implement our child-family-community strategy to early education, we are optimistic that the influencers in our communities are understanding the importance of investing in a high-quality education for all children the moment they enter the world. We are excited to be a part of this media initiative and to contribute to this nationwide call to action."
Harry Wiland, Co-founder of The Media Policy Center, and producer of the media initiative said: "We chose Nurtury because nothing was spared to create an open, beautiful, and nurturing environment for the children. It is an example for other communities to emulate."
Nurtury gives Greater Boston's youngest children in need, from birth to age eight, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting health development and strengthening families. For over a century, Nurtury has been one of Boston's largest providers of early education and care, currently impacting over 1,200 children in the Greater Boston area. Learn more by visiting: www.nurturyboston.org
ABOUT MEDIA POLICY CENTER
The Media Policy Center is a non-profit organization and leader in using both broadcast and online media to help solve healthcare and social issues that confront the nation. The founders and current Co-CEOs, Harry Wiland and Dale Bell, have won numerous awards: An Academy Award, multiple EMMYs, a Peabody Award, among others. They are Ashoka Lifetime Fellows and Professors/Co-Directors of the Media For Social Justice Graduate Program at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. www.mediapolicycenter.org
First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker, attends Nurtury's 3rd Annual fundraiser, RISE-A Night for Nurtury
L to R: Board Chair-Gayle Slattery, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachuetts-Lauren Baker, President & CEO-Wayne Ysaguirre, Board Member-Dana Gelb Safran Photo credit: Jill Anderson
Boston – May 19, 2017
On Thursday, May 11th, Nurtury held its' 3rd annual fundraiser, RISE- A Night for Nurtury. The event was hosted at its' flagship center - the Nurtury Learning Lab, located at 33 Bickford Street in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments (formerly Bromley-Heath). Proceeds raised from the evening supported the goal of raising $1.4M annually to deliver much needed resources for our five early education centers and 120 family child care sites that would otherwise not be funded.
Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre said: "We are grateful to First Lady Lauren Baker for serving on the inaugural Honorary Committee for our 3rd annual A Night for Nurtury. Her support of our mission, being the place where kids and communities grow, is immeasurable."
First Lady Lauren Baker also visited the Nurtury Learning Lab last December as a part of Nurtury's- Be Our Guest -story hour.
Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux , 2017 Nurturer of the Year, and President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre
Photo credit: Jill Anderson
At the event, Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux of Harvard University was awarded the 2017 Nurturer of the Year Award. Established in 2016, this award is presented at the organiza tion's annual fundraising event to recognize an individual who applies ingenuity, compassion, and intellect to addressing and mitigating the impact of the challenges that affect young children and their families. Massachusetts State Representative and Nurtury alumnus Jeffrey Sánchez, received the first award.
Nurtury to Honor Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux as 2017 Nurturer of the Year
Boston – February 27, 2017
Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux, Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care and the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at Harvard University has been named Nurtury’s 2017 Nurturer of the Year.
Established in 2016, The Nurturer of the Year Award is presented annually at the organization’s fundraising event A Night for Nurtury, to recognize an individual who applies ingenuity, compassion, and intellect to addressing and mitigating the impact of the challenges that affect young children and their families. Massachusetts State Representative and Nurtury alumnus Jeffrey Sánchez received the first award.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo Visits Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain
(L to R) State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, VP of Development-Jaye Smith, Board Member-Bruce Blaisdell, President & CEO-Wayne Ysaguirre, Infant/Toddler Teacher-Dorothy Johnson, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Program Director-Byron Gardner, Preschool Teacher-Tina Square.
Boston – January 30, 2017
Today, House Speaker Robert DeLeo visited the Nurtury Learning Lab located in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain.
"As the House advances its focus on high-quality early education and care, it's essential to hear from educators and to meet the families participating in these programs," said Speaker DeLeo. "We're fortunate to have a national leader like Nurtury in our backyard and I'm thrilled to visit the program and learn from them. Today's visit will inform the House's work this coming session, especially with regards to supporting the workforce."
"Nurtury provides a safe learning experience for nearly 1,000 children in the neighborhood," said Representative Jeffrey Sánchez. "I'm excited for the Speaker to come to Jamaica Plain and learn about the great programs Nurtury has to offer."
Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre states: "Speaker DeLeo truly understands the important role early education and care plays in the economics of our state and in the educational and life outcomes of our residents. It is inspiring to work with a policy leader who not only takes the time to learn about the high return on investing in children's early education, but is also compelled to make those investments. I am really excited and honored to have had Speaker DeLeo visit Nurtury's Learning Lab today as it represents the opportunities we need to offer all our children."
Nurtury Learning Lab, located at 33 Bickford Street in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, incorporates the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of becoming a replicable, national model for delivering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area.