WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Downtown Winston-Salem is now home to what some call the most technologically advanced childcare center in the entire country. Mudpies Downtown East officially opens this week.
The brand new 16,800 square foot, $3.5 million center on 7th Street is the latest addition to five other childcare facilities operated by nonprofit agency Northwest Child Development Centers.
As a test site for Hatch, a Winston-Salem based childhood technology manufacturer, Northwest C.D.C. CEO Dr. Tony Burton said, "We have more technology in this facility than probably any in the country. We have I-smart computers, tablets for children, we have smart tables and smart boards."
There are also finger print security scanners for parents to check children in and out of the center.
Mudpies Downtown East is across the street from the new headquarters for Inmar and city leaders say with the creation of 50 new jobs and it's brand new building, it's an integral part of redevelopment in East Winston.
"I think it's now one of the up and coming downtown areas," said Gayle Anderson, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce President.
"Having that along with arts based school which is now expanding through middle school and then when you have Ziggy's and The District Bar and Grill, it's starting to really turn into a hot area for downtown," Anderson said.
Mudpies Downtown East has room for nearly 30 infants and more than 200 toddlers. The cost is roughly $180 dollars a week and there are scholarships available.
Registration for the new center is underway now and the center opens on August 26. Full day care is available for children ages infant to five. Before and after school care is available for children up to 12 years old.
For more information visit http://www.nwcdc.org/