Faith Preschool celebrates 50 years | Schools | #teacher | #children | #kids

Judy Berggren doesn’t rely on advertising to keep classrooms full at Faith Preschool.

That’s understandable.

The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. Staff have enrolled their children in its programming, Berggren said, and at least five parents of current students are alumni.

“It’s such a milestone to have an early education program that has lasted for 50 years,” said Berggren, the director. “It’s been so rewarding to me to know that we’re thought of highly from the community and from the parents.”

Faith Preschool had hoped to celebrate the 50th milestone throughout the year, but the pandemic interfered with those plans, Berggren said. Instead, with coronavirus trends improving, the school is marking its anniversary with a few springtime activities, including a movie night, a spirit week and a birthday party that will feature a small gift and ice cream for students.

With its location on Coldwater Road just north of Dupont Road, Faith Preschool generally serves the northwest community, Berggren said.

When it opened, she said, the school welcomed children ages 4 and 5, but it has since expanded classes to 3-year-olds.

Teachers prepare children for kindergarten, Berggren said, noting the focus on academics has increased since the preschool’s beginning.

Enrollment has grown from 14 students in its first year to 129 students this year, Berggren said. Last year – pre-pandemic – there were 144 students.

“We’re still very blessed,” Berggren said. “We haven’t shut down a single day.”

Registration is open for the 2021-22 academic year. Call 260-637-9957 for information.


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• Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus will host the ninth annual A Reason to Taste fundraiser April 16 and 30. The theme is “At Home.” Each participant will receive a package containing all the ingredients needed to prepare a meal at home under the virtual guidance of Ivy Tech instructors. Participants can attend one or both sessions; each starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $100 to $175 and are available at Proceeds will fund student scholarships and programs. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracina Smith at or 260-480-2010.

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