Cub Corner Preschool

420 Allen Toussaint Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124

504.286.8673 Fax 504.286.8676

Our Story


Founded by Sister Mary Elizabeth Wooley as Mary’s Kinder.

1975 - 1987

Mary’s Kinder was operated by Sr. Elizabeth for 12 years in a trailer on the Motherhouse property in Lakeview (located on what is now the present play yard near Louisville Street) and served about 12 children.


Mary’s Kinder moved from the trailer to the Motherhouse basement and changed its name to Cub Corner. Sr. Mary Ellen became Director and grew Cub Corner from 12 children to nearly 100, ranging in age from 1 to 5 years old.


Cub Corner expanded into the Central Business District with the opening of Carmel in the Business District, with Sr. Gwen Grillot serving as Executive Director and Elizabeth Coe as Child Care Director for the next seven years.


Sr. Alice Abate became Executive Director of Cub Corner with Mary Beth Bonin serving as Child Care Director. Cub Corner continued to grow and fulfill an increasing need for child care.


Due to the opening of several new child care centers in the Central Business District, enrollment began to decrease. As such, Carmel in the Business District closed, and the two operations combined at the Lakeview campus.


Hurricane Katrina brought 14 feet of water and completely devastated the facility. Cub Corner closed until September 2006.


On September 9, 2006, Cub Corner was able to open its doors once again in a temporary building on Lorino Street in Metairie with a staff of 17 people and a small enrollment that quickly grew to 57. Children ranged in age from six weeks old to 3 years old. Plans for renovating the Lakeview campus were already underway.


With many prayers and assistance from countless people and organizations, Cub Corner re-opened in February 2009 at the Sisters of Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Lakeview. Enrollment doubled in size.


The multi-purpose room was converted into a classroom to accommodate the growing enrollment. By the end of May, enrollment increased to 127 children, and 37 staff members were engaged to help keep the school running smoothly.


Our staff continues to provide the same love and care upon which Sr. Mary Elizabeth Wooley founded Mary’s Kinder, and we feel blessed to grow and welcome 130+ of God’s little ones each day.