Our Story

by | Apr 19, 2021

Our Mission & Vision

The Leo Augusta Children’s Academy of Blooming Prairie provides a much-needed children’s development and care facility within the heart of the underserved southeastern Minnesota rural area. The initiative is supported in part by a gift of commercial buildings, land, and a monetary donation from Craig & Robyn Kruckeberg, and family.

The Academy’s name stems from Craig’s parents’ middle names, Lorraine Augusta and Delmond Leo Kruckeberg. Craig and Robyn, their parents, and broader family have been rural Minnesota businesspeople for generations. As working families, they themselves experienced gaps in childcare. They recognize the value that these additional resources will bring to the surrounding communities, supporting continued workforce growth and participation.

“We recognized a need,” Craig stated. “Our community has bolstered our family throughout our journey and now we have an opportunity to give back in a consequential manner with this gift.”

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The objective of the Leo Augusta Children’s Academy is to deliver a hands-on model of child development with the capacity to serve over 100 children, ages infant through 12 years of age. Under a structured curriculum, coupled with flexibility, our philosophy of learning and care will focus on emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development in a nurturing and secure environment.

You Give, They Thrive.

Your donation could provide the building blocks for a child’s play and learning, the sleeping cot for their comfort in rest, support the set-up for a toddler room focused on their learning so that they are learning and growing in the best environment possible during the most formative years of their lives.

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