Nursery seeks funds for project in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE – The Boulder Day Nursery is fundraising in hopes that construction can begin next summer on a 10,000 to 12,000-square-foot Lafayette Community School.

Boulder Day Nursery, an early education and daycare center at 1518 Spruce Street in Boulder, needs to raise about $1.5 million to build its new school in Lafayette, executive director Steve Callander said.

Boulder Day Nursery will keep its location in Boulder. The site of the planned community school is at the Westgate office park at 1135 Cimarron Drive in Lafayette, about a quarter mile west of Centaurus High School along South Boulder Road. Lafayette Community School will serve infants through pre-kindergarten age children year-round.

The new building will be Boulder Day Nursery’s second phase at Westgate.

Last summer, Boulder Day Nursery paid $1 million to purchase a building and five empty lots at Westgate that had gone into foreclosure. The building purchased was partially finished at the time, and Boulder Day Nursery will have it completed for use by Boulder County Head Start preschool for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds by July 1. Classes there begin in August.

Around the time of the purchase last summer, Head Start had had lost its space at Sanchez Elementary in east county and moved into temporary space owned by the county. Head Start will lease from Boulder Day Nursery.

“We both serve lower-income families, and we have a target population in common,” Callander said of the collaboration between Head Start and Lafayette Community School.

Boulder Day Nursery’s purchase last summer included six of the nine lots at Westgate counting the building Head Start will occupy. The other three lots already had buildings on them.

Callander said Boulder Day Nursery has set one of the lots it purchased aside for either future development by the Lafayette Community School or to sell for use as an office building.

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