MADISON, Wis. -

The youngest students on the UW campus are on the move.

University Houses Preschool is leaving its location of the past 45 years for new digs on the west side of Madison.

The school was founded in the 1960s as a parent co-op, meaning that parents have been heavily involved with the daily operations.

But as the need for full-time childcare grows on campus, staff and supporters decided the move the preschool to the west side in order to preserve that parent-involvement model.

Staff and parents alike are happy that more families will discover the school.

"I just love this place and I'm so excited for the families that are going to get to benefit from this place," Mindy Borgstadt said. "It'll be a great time for the other families in Madison who maybe haven't known about us, and now we'll be more visible and out there and they'll get to see us and join in."

Teachers and families celebrated the big move at a fundraising event this weekend featuring games and a mini petting zoo.

The school will open June 30 at its new location on Odana Road.

The fundraising event reportedly raised more than $25,000.