What is significant? The Progress Kindergarten, constructed in 1953, at 11 Brown Avenue, Ascot Vale is significant. It is a simple gabled building clad in weatherboards and rendered cement sheet, with weatherboards used in the gable ends. The symmetrical facade has large square windows on either side of the double entry doors, which have the 'Progress Kindergarten' sign in raised letters above. There are further large square windows in the front and side elevations and smaller windows with horizontal glazing bars in the rear section.
Non-original alterations and additions and other buildings on the site are not significant.
How is it significant? The Progress Kindergarten is of local historic, architectural and social significance to the City of Moonee Valley.
Why is it significant? It is historically significant for its association with the Free Kindergarten movement and with the significant expansion of free kindergartens that occurred in the post-war period. It is also significant as a representative example of the simply designed kindergartens erected by local committees in the post-war period, which are often simple gabled timber buildings with large square windows. The economical design of the kindergartens reflect postwar building restrictions as well the limited resources of the local committees that established them. (Criteria A & D)
It is socially significant as a building that has been used as a child care centre since 1953. (Criterion G)