New early learning center uses playtime, robots to ignite imagination for little learners

Video produced by Duval County Public School’s Video Production team

Nov. 4, 2021 – Learning coding can be difficult for students of any age, but thankfully the 3 and 4 year-olds at John Love Early Learning Center have help in the form of a tiny blue robot named Marty!

Marty the Robot is just one of several innovative learning tools available to students at the new learning center, which opened at the beginning of this school year. The center – which serves 3 and 4 year-olds on Jacksonville’s eastside – uses imaginative play to help toddlers transition into becoming students and lifelong learners.

“Learning truly is magical here at John Love Early Learning Center,” said Early Learning Director, Sonya McSwain. “We let children use their imaginations. We let them play. They get to pretend to be animals, superheroes, and dragons. This is where we help make them fall in love with learning.”

McSwain said the school uses state of the art technology, evidence-based curriculum, and hands-on learning to ensure all students leave ready for kindergarten. In addition to all teachers being certified in early learning, the school also has:

  • 3D Augmentation – where letters, colors and numbers come to life
  • Imagination Station – a classroom that looks like a neighborhood, and can be changed for specific learning experiences
  • Interactive outdoor playground with a play house, play car, little rock climbing wall, outdoor art area
  • Soft track with bicycles and helmets
  • All teachers at the school are certified in Early Learning.

The school is currently accepting applications for enrollment. Children must be ages 3 or 4. While students who live in area code 32226 get priority placement, all parents are welcome to apply regardless of residential address.

Also, all parents are invited to attend a ribbon cutting for the school taking place Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 AM – Noon. There will be refreshments, and tours of the new space.

The school is located at 1531 Winthrop St, Jacksonville, FL 32206.

Parents interested in enrolling their child can contact McSwain at [email protected]. There will also be opportunities to begin the enrollment process at Saturday’s ribbon cutting.