The Haring Center started the new year with a much-awaited fresh beginning. After 15 months of building renovations and nearly 4 years since most of our staff and researchers had to leave due to the pandemic, we’re finally back home.

This renovation was a true community effort, made possible by the support of both the Haring Center and UW community members.

We extend our gratitude to our key EEU staff for ensuring a smooth transition during our move. A big thank you goes to our incredible custodial team for preparing the building. Special appreciation goes to our construction partners, Mithun and Lease Cruther Lewis, whose commitment and timely completion of the renovation made this possible. And of course, we are immensely grateful to our donors whose contributions allowed us to open our doors this new year.

“To be able to be here again and hear voices in the hallway – being able to walk the halls and see the kids – it’s what we’re all about”

As you step into the new building, you’ll immediately sense the energy of our dedicated staff planning for the year ahead and reconnecting with new faces and spaces. Laughter echoes through the halls and play areas, reminding us of the joy of collaborating in a space filled with talented researchers, teachers, and development professionals, all working together to offer the best care and education possible. Staff spent the week preparing their classrooms, settling into new office spaces and breaking down an insurmountable number of cardboard boxes. As one staff member put it “It was an uplifting and emotional week, especially for those of us who have been with the Haring Center so long”.

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“I hear peals of laughter and remember the magic of working in this building.” 

We’re excited to invite you back home. Join us on Saturday, February 10th, for our Grand Re-Opening Celebration as we toast to this new chapter. EEU alumni, friends, and families are warmly welcomed to be part of our community celebration and to usher in a new era for the Haring Center. Registration is limited so be sure to RSVP here.

Thank you to our generous donors who made the renovation possible!

The Sunderland Foundation / University of Washington / Alyssa and Bill Sunderland / Anu and Satya Nadella / Margo and Tom Wyckoff