ISWA Head Start Early Development Classroom Facility

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Head Start is an essential program that serves the low-income families and children of the reservation. CT first worked with ISWA Head Start in 2016, designing an addition to their existing facility for children 3 to 5 years of age.

The Catawba Indian Nation, ISWA in their native language, is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Head Start is an essential program that serves the low-income families and children of the reservation. CT first worked with ISWA Head Start in 2016, designing an addition to their existing facility for children 3 to 5 years of age. After completing that project, the tribe immediately began looking for funding to build an early development facility to serve children under three years of age. CT assisted in this effort by providing preliminary plans and cost estimates. 

Eventually awarded a grant, CT then designed a new stand-alone classroom facility to serve 32 children. The 5,850 sq ft building provides:

  • A covered entry
  • Administrative offices
  • A conference room
  • Laundry facilities
  • A full commercial kitchen
  • Four classrooms with shared child restrooms

The building design incorporates a bell and cupola perched atop the entry, paying homage to the original Catawba schoolhouse. Exterior improvements include a parking lot, a landscaped bioswale separating the drop-off area, a fenced playground, and a walk and canopy providing pedestrian access between the new and existing facilities. CT designed the building to easily allow future expansion. CT is now engaged in a study to explore building addition options to provide additional capacity at the ISWA Head Start Early Development Facility.