History: 100 Years of Love

St. Ignatius Loyola Preschool has a century-long tradition of loving childcare. Organized to meet the needs of working mothers in 1910, it expanded into its current home through the patronage of philanthropist and parishioner Nicholas Frederik Brady in 1915. Beginning in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the school transitioned to lay administration and staff, expanded the preschool curriculum, and embarked on renovation projects to make the best use of the building’s historic spaces. As the school evolves, it remains true to its original mission of service to children and families of all backgrounds.

The Preschool’s five-story gothic revival building was constructed for the school in 1915. Each of the seven large, sun-filled classrooms are divided into age-appropriate learning areas that create an educational landscape for children to explore. The Preschool boasts a 2000-square foot rooftop play space, a brand-new library, and a full service kitchen with a full time cook.