Lafayette (July 19, 2019) – Franciscan Health, Inc. a ministry of The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, donated a 10,000 square foot building to be the home for a new Early Learning Center. The new school building will be located in Lafayette’s north end on the Franciscan Health central campus and is valued at over $980,000. The building was previously operated as the Physical Therapy Office for Franciscan Health.
The Lafayette Catholic School System plans to take immediate possession of the building with intentions to launch a consolidated preschool for 3 to 5 year olds by fall 2020 with the help of continued successful philanthropic efforts. Renovation and start up costs are estimated to be approximately $1.5 million. When complete, the facility is expected to serve over 250 children and their families.
“This transformational gift affords us the opportunity to provide more high-quality early childhood education access in our community. For over 140 years, the Sisters have devoted their lives to healthcare and education in Greater Lafayette, and they have invested in the Lafayette Catholic School System because of our commitment to educate the whole child rooted in Catholic values. Through 165 years of service, our Catholic school community has developed a proven educational model capable of serving an increasingly diverse student population, and we are grateful to the Sisters for this opportunity to expand,” said Executive Director of the Lafayette Catholic School System, Eric Davis.
“This campus has been our home since 1875 and our commitment has never wavered. We are very pleased to share this exciting news and to celebrate the small part we play in helping build a strong foundation for early childhood education,” said Vice President of Mission Integration for Franciscan Health, Sister Ann Kathleen Mageria.
St. Francis Early Learning Academy
The name of the future school will be St. Francis Early Learning Academy. St. Francis was chosen to honor the Sisters of Saint Francis and the impact they have had on education and the community.
The Lafayette Catholic School System recognized a need in Greater Lafayette to improve and expand access to “cradle to college” education opportunities for youth. Through 165 years of service to education in the community, the Lafayette Catholic School System and its six supporting parishes felt it was morally imperative to expand these services to more families who desire a high-quality pre-K experience with a path to a high-performing education system all the way through high school.