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Lakeside Early Learning celebrates its re-opening

Emily Ness
Updated: September 14, 2020 10:46 PM

A beloved Duluth pre-school has reopened under a new name.

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Lakeside Early Learning hosted an open house Monday afternoon to celebrate its re-opening — something the pre-school’s Director, Nichole Reed said has been a long time coming.

"There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the process a lot of times and we thought that, that might be the end and we might not be able to pull this off, but each time, it worked out and we were able to make it through,” Reed said.

The pre-school was previously part of St. Michaels Catholic Church, but the church decided to close the pre-school back in April.

To save the pre-school, faculty and family members spent the summer fundraising. According to Reed, they were able to raise $13,000 for the cause.

With this money, Reed said they were able to purchase the building and obtain a childcare license through the state of Minnesota.

On Monday, those milestones were celebrated by many new and returning families.

“We are so grateful to be here and so grateful for all the support,” Reed said. “It’s been really good.”

Lakeside Early Learning serves children 6 months to five years old. It is an all day, year-round preschool.

Reed said the pre-school is licensed for 20 students per room, but they are limiting the capacity to ten students per room to allow for social distancing. They are also limiting the amount of staff they have working.

According to Reed, there is still some availability for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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