GoFundMe set up for Lakeside Early Learning Center

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Lakeside Early Learning Center buy their building from the parish. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Lakeside Early Learning Center buy their building from the parish. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: August 12, 2020 05:41 PM

St. Michael's Lakeside Early Learning has found a way to continue to provide quality child care, but it will take support from the community to make it happen.  

In April, when St. Michael's Catholic Parish announced the school's closure, a group of parents, community members, and staff formed Lakeside Early Learning to operate the center independently.  The new Lakeside Early Learning is working to raise $50,000 to purchase the current school building from the church.

"Our staff and families work together so well and are constantly going out of their way to help and support each other." said Nichole Reed, Lakeside Early Learning Director.  "We have faith that our neighbors will support us too to keep the school open."

A severe shortage of childcare options in the Northland makes keeping the school open vital not just for the families that rely on Lakeside Early Learning, but for the entire community.  "In the spirit of socioeconomic equity and community service, the program at Lakeside Early Learning worked to become four-star rated by the state so that parents in need could receive scholarships for their children to attend. Closing our school would not only be abandoning our current families to a scarce market, it would mean one less high-quality option for low-income families in Duluth." said Angela Mejdrich, Lakeside Early Learning's Board President.

Here's the link to the GoFundMe page:


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