Inside the new pre-K Early Learning Center at Casa Azafrán

The newest Metro Schools Early Learning Center at Casa Azafrán is now open. What makes this center unique is it's location on Nolensville Pike, sharing a building with strong community partner Casa Azafrán.

DSC_4430 Casa Azafrán sits at a crossroads where a very diverse, multicultural population lives in South Nashville. In Metro Schools, students now hale from 145 countries, up from 120 just last year, and they speak more than 130 languages! More than a quarter of all Metro students speak a language other than English at home. The demand continues to grow and it is vital that we reach these students before they enter kindergarden. This is where the Casa Azafrán Early Learning Center will make its biggest impact.


All of the Early Learning Centers are designed to help students succeed, starting with the color of the walls and furniture. Muted earth tones help create a calm environment that is also pleasing to the eye.


The Vandervilt Peabody Research Institute has been working with us to help develop a new pre-K program to provide structured learning. The "discovery center" corner by the windows to helps students explore the outside world from inside their classroom.


The classroom sinks are at kid-sized for our youngest learners.

DSC_4372 Teachers tell us they love the heavy use of natural light. The window shades help to keep the sun out, while still allowing students to see outside.


The end goal of the program to make high-quality pre-K available to every four-year old in Nashville who wants it or needs it. As an added benefit, all of our Early Learning Centers are offered FREE OF CHARGE. As one mother said, her son would still be on Pre-K waiting lists if it was not for the opening of Casa Azafrán. She also says the greatest joy is seeing her husband, who speaks mostly Spanish, easily being able to communicate with his son's teachers. The benefits for both students and families are endless.