School finds new digs
Tahoe Parents Nursery school is getting a new building on the Lake Tahoe Community College Campus. One problem – money.
The cooperative preschool hopes to raise more than $120,000 through grant funding and community donations.
“We will be starting a capital campaign,” Co-director Aileen Yure said. “The Children and Families Commission of El Dorado County gave us the initial money for this building but we’re still fund raising.”
Tahoe Parents Nursery, founded in 1958, relocated to Meyers Elementary School in August. The preschool, which was formerly located at Heavenly Valley Seventh Adventist Church, was forced to find a temporary home when the church announced its desire to reclaim the space occupied by the school.
“We’re loving our location for the moment,” Yure said. “We’re settling into Meyers. We do still have a couple of open spaces as far as memberships, but we’re starting out with a great year.”
On a mission to find a permanent building of its own, Tahoe Parents Nursery looked to the community college.
College and preschool officials addressed the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education in July. The board gave approval to continue negotiating project details.
Preschool officials held an unofficial ground breaking ceremony last week at the college, next to the Child Development Center, where the new building is slated to be erected.
“The funds we raise go to just paying for the building itself,” Yure said. “We don’t need anything other than that. We have our whole school, we just need the building. It’s a one-time thing. We’re not looking for on-going funding. We’re just looking to get this building done so we have a permanent site.”
The new facility will be shared by Tahoe Parents Nursery, the community college, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and CASA El Dorado.
In May, the four groups were awarded a collaborative Proposition 10 grant for $250,000. The money is going toward the construction costs. Proposition 10 grants fund agencies which provide services for pregnant women or children from birth to age 5.
When construction is completed, the nursery school plans to use the space Monday through Thursday mornings. The building will be available to the college and CASA afternoons, evenings and weekends.
An account is set up at El Dorado Savings Bank. Those interested in giving monetary donations may make a check out to: Tahoe Parents Nursery School – The Building Fund.
Tahoe Parents Nursery School is looking for information about membership before the 1980s. Anyone with information about the school’s early membership should call (530) 577-4136. The school is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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