Cambridge Early Learning Center celebrates its opening

An historic building gets new life after serving the community for 25 years. The old southeast library branch, newly renovated, has reopened as Cambridge Early Learning Center for prekindergarten students. The Southeast Nashville community celebrated Metro Schools' newest addition with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, August 12.

Cambridge Early Learning Center Ribbon Cutting

Through the school, Principal Deeann Miree and her staff will provide a high-quality, play-based curriculum that supports the development of children as a whole while also preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.

The center was built to meet the expanding demand in Nashville for early childhood education funded through the federal pre-K expansion grant awarded in 2014. Metro Schools began renovating the library in 2015, and as the new Cambridge ELC it represents the district's ongoing commitment to serve its growing community.

Cambridge ELC features eight pre-K classrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a multipurpose group meeting space, a garden and a playground that includes a bicycle track and outdoor canopy. To give students interactive educational experiences, the center partnered with non-profits like Plant the Seed, which will provide garden-based education programs, and Global Education Center, which will provide multicultural dance- and music-based programs.

Through the expansion of access to high-quality preschool programs, the federal pre-K expansion grant is playing an indispensable part in the advancement of early childhood education not just in Metro Schools but in Nashville as a whole.