Community Day Nursery/Community Preschool
1942 to Present
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8, 1942 Community Preschool was created as part of the Child
Care Committee, a local sponsoring agency for the Lanham
Act War Nurseries of Pinellas County. Nursery care was restricted
to the children of mothers employed in war work and war-allied
1945 war nurseries were dropped from the Federal budget
but continuing need was apparent
15, 1945 opened in the Defense Building
April 24, 1949 a groundbreaking ceremony was held. Later
that year we moved to the First Methodist Church's recreational
hall as a temporary home until a new building was completed
on the approach to the Pier.
1949 the Child Care Committee was legally incorporated as
a non-profit agency.
The Child Care Center near the St. Pete Pier, 1957
Oct 2, 1949, an Open House was held at the new Child
Care Center near the Pier.
1963 the City of St. Petersburg informed the Child Care
Committee that the Nursery would have to be moved to
make room for Waterfront Development.
15, 1968 Opening Dedication took place for a plot of land
adjoining St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Monies for construction
were obtained through sale of the building on the Pier,
and through many community donations.
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Community Preschool, 2003
the years the Agency continued to address the needs of the
children of the Community. Funding sources were expanded
to include United Way, USDA Child Care Food Program, Department
of Children and Families' Subsidized Child Care Programs,
Refugee Program, Project Independence, City of St. Petersburg,
Pinellas County, Juvenile Welfare Board Capital Purchase
Grants, and numerous fund raisers to supplement. In 1981,
the name of the agency was changed to Community Preschool,
and the corporate name became Preschool Experience, Inc.
Preschool continues to develop, grow and change, and today
we are proud of the quality of both our facility and program.
Community Preschool has 60 years of caring for the children
of this Community. With the continued support of our dedicated
Board of Directors and Staff, we anticipate 60 more years
of dedicated service to the families and children of St.
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