The St. Philip Early Childhood Center Has Closed

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Statement on St. Philip Early Childhood Center

Fr. Denis Donahue, Pastor, St. Philip Parish

June 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Parishioners -

After prayerful reflection, and upon consulting with experts and those familiar with the St. Philip Early Childhood Center, I have determined the best course of action for the church and the parish community is to cease operation of the St. Philip Early Childhood Center, effective June 30, 2020. I make this announcement with confidence that it is the right decision, but also with a heavy heart.

Fluctuating enrollment due to changing demographics and other related financial factors is something we have been experiencing for years. Challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic have further highlighted these long-standing issues. Uncertainties about the impact of public health requirements related to COVID-19 on operations make planning a viable way forward increasingly difficult. Thus, moving forward along the current path is imprudent and unsustainable.

In making this announcement, it is important that everyone know that the work of our Director Mrs. Ann Stich and her staff has been exceptional. Our Early Childhood Center enjoys an excellent reputation in large part due to their faithful, dedicated professionalism.

St. Philip will begin working immediately with all our Early Childhood Center (ECC) families to find other education opportunities. St. Philip and the Office of Catholic Schools will also be working with ECC teachers and staff to help them during this transition.

I will be initiating a formal process for evaluating the best way to serve parish families going forward. We know that, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1), and I ask for you continued support and prayers for Our Lord’s guidance and for the families impacted by this decision. 

Thank you for your commitment to the parish and school community. Please know that my prayers are with you through this unique time.