ROYAL OAK, Mich., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Fisher, and Shrine Catholic Schools President and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Rector Monsignor Robert McClory joined Shrine Catholic Schools Administration, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parishioners, parents and students to bless the recently completed Early Childhood Center facility on September 19.
Shrine began construction on the new, 5,800-square-foot facility in May. The building features six state-of-the-art classrooms with integrated restrooms, specifically designed for Shrine's youngest Knights. The facility will also feature an outdoor area with a climbing structure, bike path, and activity boards for outdoor gross motor play.
"Our brand new Early Childhood Center has now opened and we have tripled the enrollment of our pre-kindergarten program to over 150 children. The vision of parish leaders going back several years has brought us to this day," stated the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Pastor and President of Shrine Catholic Schools Monsignor Robert McClory. "Parents are looking for more and more options to instill the faith in the lives of their children – and we at Shrine are dedicated to meeting those needs."
"It is such a joy to be a part of a school that is growing; that is not something most Catholic schools can say. This year marked our 82nd year of educating children at Shrine Catholic Grade School, and we look forward to 82 more!," said Katie Fotiu Principal, Shrine Catholic Grade School. "We love being able to talk about God and His love for each of us with your children, and have dedicated our lives to sharing this faith. Thank you for sending your children each day to pray, learn, and grow with Shrine Catholic Grade School."
The Early Childhood Development center focuses on providing a positive foundation for learning by offering a play-based developmental program that encourages the cognitive, social /emotional, spiritual and physical development of each child. Skills and concepts are integrated into the daily curriculum with teacher-directed activities and small and large group opportunities.
Programs at the Early Childhood Center include flexible preschool options for 3- and 4-year old students, Junior Kindergarten and a Parent-Tot program. Programming includes optional before and after care staffed by a team focused solely on the center.
About Shrine Catholic Schools and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica
Shrine Catholic Schools are parish schools of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Founded in 1934, the schools provide a co-educational Christ-centered learning environment for Pre-K through 12thgrade, with a focus on excellence in college preparatory education as well as extracurricular activities and many after-school programs and clubs. The National Shrine of the Little Flower, named a minor Basilica in 2015 by Pope Francis, was founded in 1926 and serves a parish of approximately 4,200 families in and throughout the Metro-Detroit area.
SOURCE Shrine Catholic Schools