Kinder Academy Elgin Street

The first Kinder Academy was built with help from the Fund for Quality started with the former Phil’s Family Shoe Store in Northeast Philly’s Castor section. In transforming this two-story brick building, the design team was guided by the Fund’s objectives to encourage “a child’s social, physical, intellectual, creative, cultural and emotional development through play and learning in a healthy, stimulating, aesthetically pleasing environment.” Interiors were gutted to create new, spacious rooms that are rectangular and open, leaving no hidden nooks and crannies where children can’t be seen or supervised. The color palette was toned down from typical, bright Crayola hues to muted, calming greens and blues that mimic the sky, grass and natural world. Sliding barn doors in classrooms add flexibility to the room layout, closed for smaller groups and open to keep larger groups together, like the older kids who come for after-school care. Upon completion, Kinder Academy opened two additional facilities in under served neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia.

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