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Mary Our Queen Catholic Schools near completion of early childhood and education center

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:21:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Construction is still on schedule for the opening of the new early childhood and education center for Mary Our Queen Catholic School, and a few changes had to be made for COVID-19 precautions.

"It was seamless, the hand washing stations were already part of the classroom already," principal Maureen Hoy said. "Because kids learn exponentially, there is a lot of interaction, we know they need space to move and grow."

When finished the school will have four preschool classrooms, a collaboration space, youth ministry/reading room and a kitchen.

"From a parish perspective, they really envision this as a youth center," said communications director Cindy Tooher. "In the evenings youth ministry meetings can be held, cub scouts meetings so the youth and and the students of the parish have a place of their own."

A capital campaign made the new school and youth activity center possible.

"What excites me most is to have a beautiful, brand new building. We are able to expand what we offer for early childhood because of the way the classrooms are set up, sinks in the classroom, bigger space to move, play areas for specific age groups that we can really tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of these students," Hoy said.

At a cost of slightly more than $3 million, the school will serve kids aged 3-years-old to Pre-K and can hold about 120 students. Enrollment is open.

Construction is schedule to be done by August, just in time for the start of school in the fall. Visit the school's website for more information on enrollment.