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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The first not-for-profit preschool to open in the High Springs – Alachua area in over a decade has opened in High Springs. Deeper Purpose Kids Academy, located at 19930 North U.S. Highway 441, held a soft opening on Wednesday, May 12. According to Elder Adam Joy, Senior Pastor of Deeper Purpose Community Church, they allowed half-capacity of enrolled children to attend for the day. The Kids Academy welcomes infants, toddlers and preschoolers from the surrounding area.

“I was led in 2018 to slowly start the process of making this dream a reality for our community’s families,” said Joy. “After the High Springs Day Care Center closed in 2020 due to the retirement of its director, area families were left with very few options. At that point I knew we had to make it happen as soon as possible.”

Originally the Kids Academy was slated to open last June, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, Joy chose to put off opening another year until the virus was more under control.

According to Joy, the facility is religiously exempt from licensure by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). However, the school has to adhere to DCF’s background screening requirements for all staff members. The Academy is a member of Green Apple Accreditation of Children’s Services, a group which accredits private and Christian schools across the nation. Joy said the school passed inspection with flying colors and is in compliance with 116 health, safety and sanitation standards.

The school’s current capacity is 24 children. Joy said the school will be expanding in August when school starts back and they will be able to accept an additional 30 children.

“Our mission is to provide the best quality childcare while maintaining a safe, fun and loving Christian learning environment as we minister to families in need,” Joy said.

The school has both a secular and faith-based curriculum. After school and summer programs will also be available to help families in need.

For more information, families can follow Deeper Purpose Kids Academy on social media, email kidsofpurpose19@yahoo.com or call 352-474-9040.

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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The first not-for-profit preschool to open in the High Springs – Alachua area in over a decade has opened in High Springs. Deeper Purpose Kids Academy, located at 19930 North U.S. Highway 441, held a soft opening on Wednesday, May 12. According to Elder Adam Joy, Senior Pastor of Deeper Purpose Community Church, they allowed half-capacity of enrolled children to attend for the day. The Kids Academy welcomes infants, toddlers and preschoolers from the surrounding area.

“I was led in 2018 to slowly start the process of making this dream a reality for our community’s families,” said Joy. “After the High Springs Day Care Center closed in 2020 due to the retirement of its director, area families were left with very few options. At that point I knew we had to make it happen as soon as possible.”

Originally the Kids Academy was slated to open last June, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, Joy chose to put off opening another year until the virus was more under control.

According to Joy, the facility is religiously exempt from licensure by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). However, the school has to adhere to DCF’s background screening requirements for all staff members. The Academy is a member of Green Apple Accreditation of Children’s Services, a group which accredits private and Christian schools across the nation. Joy said the school passed inspection with flying colors and is in compliance with 116 health, safety and sanitation standards.

The school’s current capacity is 24 children. Joy said the school will be expanding in August when school starts back and they will be able to accept an additional 30 children.

“Our mission is to provide the best quality childcare while maintaining a safe, fun and loving Christian learning environment as we minister to families in need,” Joy said.

The school has both a secular and faith-based curriculum. After school and summer programs will also be available to help families in need.

For more information, families can follow Deeper Purpose Kids Academy on social media, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 352-474-9040.

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Email cwalker@

alachuatoday.com