Our House Children’s Center

The Mission

Our House Inc. provides Little Rock’s working homeless with housing, training and youth programs to help them succeed. As part of a capital campaign, the organization aimed to build a learning facility to offer important educational and enrichment opportunities that at-risk children often miss.

The Result

A programming evaluation by Herron Horton Architects revealed the need for a facility to address a variety of programs and space requirements, as well as the unique developmental needs of homeless and near-homeless children. The vibrant center includes a mix of different types of spaces for early childhood, “Little Learners,” and for “Our Club” youth ages 6-18. The new Children’s Center incorporates extensive use of natural light and playful yet practical elements, such as the multi-use room, a safe space where children can jump, climb and express feelings through their bodies as well as a place to be quiet and center themselves.

This modern, flexible facility demonstrates a commitment to ending the cycle of homelessness by providing a learning space for all of the community’s children to grow and thrive.

Little Rock, Arkansas | 2014

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Entry canopy Photo by Amanda Woods

Our House Children's Center Photo by Amanda Woods

Little Learners playground

Little Learners playground Photo by Amanda Woods

Little Learners ages 0-2 playground

Lobby area with secured access/entry Photo by Amanda Woods

Lobby area with secured access and visibility Photo by Amanda Woods

Multi-use space with visibility to lobby area

Multi-use space

stairs to second floor with visibility and an area to sit

Creative space - art room with overhead garage door open to Multi-use space

Creative Space - art room with overhead garage door in place

Little Learners space Photo by Amanda Woods

Little Learner's space Photo by Amanda Woods

Little Learner's space Photo by Amanda Woods

Little Learner's space Photo by Amanda Woods

6-8 year old space Photo by Amanda Woods

9-11 year old space Photo by Amanda Woods

Teen Room Photo by Amanda Woods

Photo by Amanda Woods

Office space Photo by Amanda Woods

Staff Resource Room Photo by Amanda Woods

Restrooms Photo by Amanda Woods

Restrooms Photo by Amanda Woods