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Bottega Child Development Center opened its doors on June 19th, 2013 with a licensed capacity of 66 children, after undergoing a year-long renovation of the facility. Our facility forms part of our Miami’s history since the 3,000 square foot building was built by its original owner Dr. Sheldon Dobkins in 1963. Dr. Dobkins’ family modeled the exterior of the building with a charming brick school house design. When Sylvia De Armas, Director, was designing the plans for the renovation she wanted to keep the historical look to conserve the sense of identity within the neighborhood.

When the renovation was completed, the 50 year old building became a state-of-the art facility with an entirely new interior space including bathrooms in every classroom, high tech security system with closed circuit video cameras, ample classrooms with natural lighting and architecturally designed playground that became an outside classroom giving children the opportunity to develop not only their bodies but provide a space for exploration and discovery.

The interior space is designed with the Reggio Emilia Philosophy in mind considered the “third teacher”, with interesting spaces for children to communicate, collaborate, investigate, live in and grow. Classrooms open up to the Piazza that is used as a common meeting space in the heart of the school. The Atelier “studio” of the Atelierista, where the master teacher & teachers work with small groups of children; and where teachers gather to process their documentation.

The entire project was created with the highest level of quality to meet researched based curricular objectives that meet the children’s needs.

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  • Atelier Science & Construction

  • Atelier of Art

  • Library / Gallery

  • Palette of Color

  • Piazza Gathering Area

  • Young Toddler Program