St. Vincent Early Learning Center has a long history of service to children, families and our community that dates back to 1918.
During World War I, women began assuming roles in industry as men were called to military service, and they needed a safe and affordable way to have their children cared for while they worked. The Ladies of Charity of Evansville responded to the need by establishing St. Vincent’s Day Nursery.
Within a few months of St. Vincent’s start, the Ladies of Charity were unable to accommodate the huge demand for service so they appealed to the Daughters of Charity at St. Mary’s Hospital to manage the agency. While the Daughters of Charity are no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of St. Vincent, their values permeate our mission and their sponsorship continues to support our work.
Today high-quality early education and care is needed more than ever with the increase in single-parent households and the number of women who work outside the home. And today as in the past, St. Vincent remains faithful to addressing that need for our community’s families.