Woods Day Care/Pre-School officially closes its doors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A local pre-school is closing its doors for good.

It was in March that the Sisters of Providence announced that Woods Day Care/Pre-School in Terre Haute would be closing due to budget issues.

Today was their final day.

MaryLou Thralls picks up her grandchild for the final time.

“It’s very, very sad. I didn’t think I was going to be so emotional when I picked him up,” she said.

As she walked away memories came flooding back.

“When it first opened all three of my children came here, back in 87. It was nice because you could bring them here and never have to worry about anything that could happen to your children.”

Despite efforts to remain open, the difference between tuition and expenses was nearly $180,000.

“We were operating at a deficit that we just can’t sustain,” said Sister Lisa Stalling, Member of the Leadership Team with the Sisters of Providence.

After 27 years they are saying their final goodbyes.

“We are sad that the Woods Day Care can’t go forward, at the same time we are appreciative of what’s gone on,” said Sister Stallings.

Despite closing Stallings is confident the legacy that Woods Day Care created will live on.

“One of the early students at Woods Day Care just graduated from an Ivy League School and believes that his educational start came from his education at Woods Day Care,” said Stallings.

As of March seventy-seven students were enrolled at the day care, and many of them have already begun the process of looking for another pre-school.

There are no current plans for the building.

“Right now it’s a blank slate,” said Stallings.

The Sisters of Providence will maintain the building until a decision is made.

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