“It came so fast, so abruptly,” Catholic preschool to close halfway through semester

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NORMAN, Okla.-- Nearly 100 families are scrambling, after a catholic preschool announces they'll be shutting their doors.

Parents learned early this week, that St. Joseph's Early Childhood Development Center will be closed in less than a month.

"We`re down to what, 28 days," said parent Regina Cook. "Heartbroken at the news, we`re all so shocked. It came so fast, so abruptly."

The abrupt news was delivered in a meeting with parents, and through a letter written by Pastor Scott Boeckman, announcing ECDC will be closing its doors on October 14th.

Regina, along with hundreds of others, have teamed up online to help save the school.

The effort is being spear headed by Autumn McMahon. A Facebook group, and an online petition continue to gain traction on social media.

"This is an extra special place, St. Joseph's," said McMahon. "My husband and I were on the waiting list when we were just 12 weeks pregnant with our daughter. We didn`t get in until she was a year old. It is a place we have fought to be."

Now they must fight even harder. In a letter provided to NewsChannel 4, officials cite funding issues as a reason for the closing, with ECDC losing $125-thousand during last school year.

But for parents the fight lives on, as they stand up for 100 kids, 80-plus families, and 30 staff members in need of a miracle.

"We have opportunity, we have resources, and we have a willingness," said Cook. "That`s a fantastic combination, how can we lose?"

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