Upon closure of the YMCA Preschool at St. Roch Church (2 St. Roch Avenue) in Chickahominy, last spring, approximately 100 children were left without a childcare or preschool program.
Since then, the Greenwich United Way has been working to place them in alternative programs while simultaneously seeking new suitable providers to fill the gap.
Grace Daycare & Learning Center (GDLC), offering all-inclusive preschool programming and child care, will open on January 4 in the facilities of the former YMCA Preschool.
Grace Daycare & Learning Center will provide affordable early childhood programming for area families and accepts Care4Kids assistance and Greenwich United Way scholarships.
“After researching numerous programs, we knew Grace Daycare & Learning Center was the perfect fit to join the Greenwich community and open a new location in the St. Roch facility,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “GDLC will be one of very few early childhood education centers in the area that offers flexibility to accommodate working parents, vibrant and diversified curriculum, experienced faculty, and accessible tuition.”
“Now more than ever, parents are in need of all-inclusive early childcare services that they can trust,” said Fritz G. Chery, co-founder of GDLC. “We recognize that families have enough going on in their lives and work to provide well-rounded, all-inclusive learning experiences designed to help children grow both in and out of the classroom. In partnering with the Greenwich United Way, we strive to bring our love for children and passion for learning to Greenwich.”
GDLC offers innovative and creative curriculum with year-round programs designed exclusively for each age group it serves: infant care (3-11 months), daycare (ages 1-2) and preschool (ages 3-5). The GDLC facility at St. Roch includes a gym, music room, library, science room, dance room, outdoor playground, and a livestream for parents. Cameras in every classroom provide parents with instant access to check in on their children using a smartphone or tablet throughout the day. A registered nurse is on staff and all staff members are trained in CPR, First Aid, and the administration of Epi-Pen and medication.
For program details and tuition, visit www.gracedaycares.com or call 203-517-9547. A waiting list is underway and interested families are welcome to apply without fee.
About Grace Daycare & Learning Center
Grace Daycare & Learning Center provides an enriched and diverse learning environment for students. Founded in 2017, GDLC is located in Stamford and Greenwich, Conn. and reflects the various backgrounds and cultures of the area. Teachers are passionate, experienced and eager to pass on their knowledge and experience to their students. For more information, visit www.gracedaycares.com or follow @gracedaycares on Facebook and Instagram.
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies.