For Immediate Release
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Contact: Craig Strong
505-216-2975 (direct) or 505-920-5511 (mobile)
Kaune Elementary to become an early learning center employing at least 40 people and serving families and children from six-weeks to five-years-old.
(Santa Fe, NM) United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) purchased Kaune Elementary School from the Santa Fe Public Schools today, June 7, 2016. The new center will serve 200 more families for a total of 1,700 families served by UWSFC. 47 new jobs will be created.
UWSFC plans on breaking ground in 2016 to renovate the building to become the United Way Early Learning Center (UWELC at Kaune), a 32,000-square-foot building with 13 classrooms for children, ages six weeks old to age five, along with adult and outdoor learning spaces.
The UWELC at Kaune signals a major expansion of UWSFC’s support for children and families in Santa Fe County. The center will feature infant and toddler care, pre-kindergarten classes — all day, all year. The range and reach of support provided to families will expand significantly and UWSFC staff will increase. The facility will also provide training for early childhood professionals, and serve as a laboratory school. It is anticipated that the UWELC at Kaune will be a model for how early childhood care and education programs can be provided throughout New Mexico. This new center will join United Way at Agua Fria (UW at Agua Fria). Currently, UWSFC serves 1,500 families.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Santa Fe Public Schools and purchase Kaune,” said Katherine Freeman, President and CEO of UWSFC. “Establishing an early learning center at Kaune enables us to build upon our success at our Agua Fria site and dramatically expand the types of services we provided and the number of children and families we serve. Additionally, we are pleased to support our local economy by providing meaningful employment opportunities for over 40 early childhood care and education professionals in Santa Fe. Together, we can all work together to ensure our children receive a great start!”