WHERE: Las Vegas City Hall
495 South Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
WHAT: The City of Las Vegas issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2011 for the disposition of surplus properties. One of the facilities is the former Nevada State Museum Building at Lorenzi Park. The Variety Early Learning Center responded to the RFP and was awarded the top spot for the museum building.
“We are so pleased to be able to expand our Variety Early Learning Center education program for our children in the Southern Nevada community and we are pleased to work in partnership with the City of Las Vegas” according to Mr. William L. Thomas, Chairman, Variety Early Learning Center Board of Directors.
WHO: By way of background, in 1955, the Variety Club of Southern Nevada Tent 39 recognized the need for a day home that would care for children of working mothers. Through their efforts and with support of local hotel owners and entertainers, their vision
The Divine Providence Variety Day Home opened doors in 1956 and was the first of its kind in Las Vegas. Tent 39 chose the Sisters of the Holy Family to operate the Day Home, which eventually became the independent, non-sectarian, not-for-profit known today as Variety Early Learning Center. Community need grew over the years and led to the Center expanding its services. Today, the Variety Early Learning Center is consistently recognized for its academic excellence and its commitment to the community to provide affordable, high quality early education for the children and their families.
A comprehensive site search for a new campus in the Downtown Las Vegas area was conducted by the Variety Early Learning Center and VELC received a “First Place Award” in response to a Request for Proposals issued by the City of Las Vegas for the adaptive re-use of the former Nevada State Museum facility located at Lorenzi Park, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We will now move into the design phase of the retrofit of the former Nevada State Museum facility into the new Variety Early Learning Center, Lorenzi Museum Campus. A series of design workshops will take place, coordination of 500 plus construction volunteers along with a yet to be scheduled Pre Construction Open House” according to Arnold Stalk, VELC Development Consultant.
The new campus will include the following educational programs:
Full child care
Daily breakfast, lunch and snack.
Naptime and outdoor play.
Structured creative activities.
Early Childhood Development Program
Age appropriate curriculum.
Reading, writing, math.
Science and computer readiness.
Children’s progress and achievements are monitored and measured..
High scope assessments are used to observe children and make referrals when special needs or risks are identified.
For more detailed information contact:
Contact: Arnold Stalk