Guadalupe Center launches ‘Stepping Stones’ campaign

Guadalupe Center launches ‘Stepping Stones’ campaign

Guadalupe Center - van Otterloo Family Campus for LearningGuadalupe Center has announced a new campaign, Stepping Stones to the Future, that allows supporters to help launch an educational journey for students in Immokalee. 

Stepping Stones allows supporters to purchase personalized brick pavers that will be installed in walkways and courtyards at the new van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning, which will open in spring 2022. 

“We want to fill the campus with messages of hope and encouragement so children know they have the full support of this community,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “Stepping Stones is a campaign that will have a lasting impact for years to come because an investment in education is an investment that transforms lives today, tomorrow and beyond.” 

Three types of personalized brick pavers are available: 

  • 8 inches by 8 inches: taupe engraved brick 
  • 9 inches by 12 inches: taupe engraved brick (includes option for corporate logo) 
  • 12 inches by 12 inches: beige engraved brick (includes option for corporate logo) 

The van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning will feature two academic buildings with multiple classrooms, a library, learning lab, cafeteria and kitchen, playground, administrative offices, mentor lounges, commons areas, a medical and dental suite, outdoor gardens and a student wall of fame. 

For years, Guadalupe Center has maintained a waiting list of more than 500 students for seats in its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program. In 2020, Guadalupe Center opened the Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus, which accommodates 66 children from infancy through 3 years old. The van Otterloo campus will accommodate up to 154 Early Childhood Education students. It also will become home to Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program, providing students and staff with access to a learning lab, meeting rooms and spaces for collaboration. 

Both new campuses were funded by philanthropic support secured through Guadalupe Center: 2020 & Beyond, a comprehensive campaign to provide life-changing, transformational programs for additional students in Immokalee. 

For more information or to purchase a Stepping Stone, please contact Nzinga King at or 239-657-7124.  

Guadalupe Center applying for USDA food program at new Monaghan campus

Guadalupe Center has announced its intention to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Care Food Program at its new Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus.

The federally funded program reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. The program operates similar to the free and reduced-price meal program in public schools. Regulations allow public and private nonprofit child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, Head Start programs and other licensed institutions to participate.

Students attending Guadalupe Center’s Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus and The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary already are eligible for meals and snacks.

“A strong academic program is just one part a child’s overall development,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “You can’t build a strong mind without a strong body, and offering healthy, nutritious meals and snacks ensures our students are getting their recommended vitamins and minerals to help grow their minds and bodies.”

In 2019, Guadalupe Center earned gold-level recognition from the Florida Early Care & Education Recognition Program for its exemplary efforts to implement strategies that help prevent childhood obesity.