Passaic's state-of-the-art early childhood center showcases education for the new millennium. The design of the building is not a rectangular box, but rather a circular original creation with a multipurpose room in the center and classrooms all around. Flexibility and innovation are keys in the center of 10 classes with 15-20 children per room. Classrooms have interior windows which allow parents to peek in without disturbing their children, and the students can look out to see what's going on in the multipurpose room. Each individual classroom showcases a computer, reading and art area. Brick walls are covered with bright red, yellow, green and blue paint applied in geometric patterns, and erasable white boards and felt-tip markers take the place of chalk boards. The parent resource center and health suite complement the classroom complex. Two of the most exciting features of Passaic's Center, however, are the playground and the enviromental nature order center. The 3,000 square foot play area is not black top, but instead a softer recycled tire rubber that has unique features like a tricycle track. There is enclosure on all sides for safety and security lighting on the grounds. In addition, a storytelling area is featured off to the side. The nature learning center provides a variety of "see and do" enviromental instruction opportunities for young students who will familiarize themselves with the environment and the diversity and beauty of the world around them.