ASU-based preschool closing permanently this summer

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A preschool associated with Arizona State University is closing its doors for good at the end of July. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A preschool associated with Arizona State University is closing its doors for good at the end of July. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Jennifer Luke has a son who goes to Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jennifer Luke has a son who goes to Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Since the preschool is connected to the university, her son also got to benefit from ASU students and their studies. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Since the preschool is connected to the university, her son also got to benefit from ASU students and their studies. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A preschool associated with Arizona State University is closing its doors for good this summer. 

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool is open to everyone. Tuesday, parents got a letter saying this will close permanently at the end of July. 

"Isaac at the age of 3, we noticed he was a little bit, had some emotional things going on," said Jennifer Luke, whose son attends the preschool.  

"They were able to help him, and they were able to give us the resources that we needed as parents to help him function emotionally," Luke said.

Since the preschool is connected to the university, her son also got to benefit from ASU students and their studies. One intern taught him yoga breathing.

Luke is also an adjunct faculty member at the Mary Lou Fulton College and said students get to observe and interact with the preschoolers. 

"I see personally how impactful the experiences are for the students," Luke said.

But when she picked Isaac up Tuesday, she got the letter saying the preschool is closing. 

"Reading it as you're walking, and you look at the staff members faces, and it's a shock to everyone," she said.

ASU sent us the following statement:

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University is deeply committed to excellence in curriculum design, teaching and research. Key to our mission is creating high-quality programs and providing clinical experiences that benefit both teacher candidates and the children they serve. That said, we have made the decision to refocus resources that have sustained the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool and will be closing the facility this summer on July 28, 2017. While we recognize that this will create disruptions for families now being served by the preschool and its talented staff, we will work closely with each of the families to find alternative preschools that meet their needs and make the transition as smooth as possible.

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