Kawasaki Manufacturing Corp. announced Wednesday a gift of $100,000 for the new SSM Health Preschool & Child Care Center, currently under construction.
“This generous donation made by the Kawasaki Good Times Foundation creates a wonderful partnership between Kawasaki and SSM Health Preschool,” said Megan Jennings, St. Francis Hospital Foundation Development Officer. “We are excited about the opportunities this creates for our Kawasaki families.”
The new 14,200 square foot early learning center will double the capacity of children served by the current SSM Health preschool from 67 to 136, expanding access to families that need care. The facility will include 11 classrooms serving children ages six weeks to five years, along with before and after school care, and summer camps. A large, gross-motor activity space will give children the opportunity to learn, move, and play outside their classroom, and during times of inclement weather when outside play is not permissible.
Currently, Kawasaki families make up over 20% of the enrollment at SSM Health Preschool. The new center is expected to open in August of 2018.