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Little Folks Nursery School moving to Q Street in Georgetown

The Georgetown Little Folks Nursery School is moving from 3224 N St NW to a historic building at 3247 Q Street NW, just six blocks away. With a construction permit issued just last week, renovations have already begun in this historical Georgetown building.

Originally built as the Lewinsville Dairy Farm back in the 1920s, the two-story building has been mostly used as a commercial building since, housing photography and architectural firms, to name a few. The new interior to the building will hold about 8,000 square feet of space, which doubles their current space.

"I think it's poetic that it's back to being a school from being a dairy," says Olvia Demetriou, principal architect of HapstakDemetriou+ architectural firm.

While the outside will see no changes except for a pair of large wooden carriage doors at the entrance, the inside will see some major renovations, including a large an interior play court that leads out to the exterior courtyard where students can have snacks and story-time. The new school is also only a half-block away from a D.C. public park, Volta Park, as well, which will make outdoor playtime that much more fun.

Drop-off and pick-up will also be made easier at the new location, says Director Gay Cioffi, since N Street could become very congested during those times.

There will be no added classrooms, though, since Cioffi stresses they are a "small school and that's what young children really need." There will still be four classrooms for their students who range in ages from two and a half to age five. The classrooms are mixed age groups and all follow the same program.

When looking for a new space, Cioffi wanted to stay in Georgetown, where the school has been for the last 40 years.

"We had a real commitment to remaining in Georgetown," she says. "Georgetown is really our home."

Read more articles by Lisa Spinelli.

Lisa Spinelli is Elevation DC's development editor as well as a freelance journalist, copy editor and mother of two. After receiving her Master of Science in print journalism from Columbia University in 2004, Lisa worked across the country and in Italy as a journalist, editor and Web editor. Her website LisaSpinelli.com has links to a smattering of her published clips.
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