Guadalupe Center prepares to open new family-friendly education campus in Immokalee

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IMMOKALEE, Florida – Families in the Immokalee area will soon have more access to educational resources for their children.

The Guadalupe Center is building the van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning.

Two buildings will share the resources. The school building will have 12 classrooms for 154 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Nearby, students will have access to after-school programs, including space for 117 Immokalee High School students preparing for college.

The education building goes beyond the classroom. It will allow families to have access to medical, dental and other resources.

“The van Otterloo campus represents many years of dreams and hard work,” Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo said in a press release. “As we mark the final stages of construction, we truly celebrate the endless opportunities the new campus will provide for families in Immokalee. Education changes lives, and we are so grateful to our generous donors who believe in our mission and to the students we serve.

Over the past five years, the waiting list for the Early Childhood Education program has exceeded 400 students. The Guadalupe Center says that with new buildings, that number will drop significantly.

The buildings are expected to open in the summer of 2022.

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