GREENWICH, Conn. -- At a special dedication ceremony, Family Centers recognized the many contributions of longtime board member Laurie Grauer and her husband, Peter, by renaming its Greenwich-based Arch Street Preschool in their honor.
As of Friday, Sept. 16, the Arch Street Preschool officially will be known as The Grauer Preschool.
"Laurie and Peter are a community minded, dynamic and philanthropic duo who generously support human services and education from the pre-school to the university level," said Family Centers' President and CEO Bob Arnold. "The leadership of Family Centers is delighted to pair in perpetuity our premier early learning center with the Grauer name. The Grauer Preschool is an absolute gem and will serve as a beacon for generation of children to come."
Laurie Grauer has served on the Family Centers' Board of Directors for 20 years and currently serves at its vice chairman, helping guide Family Centers' service delivery expansion during that time. She also is actively involved in the agency's fundraising efforts and has chaired several successful benefits.
The Grauer Preschool is one of Family Centers' four pre-school sites accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The facility originally opened in 1907, and was Greenwich's first pre-school. Later, it became the first pre-school in town to offer full-day services to accommodate working mothers during World War II. While it was affectionately known as the Arch Street Preschool for years, the school never had a formal name until now.
Along with its Head Start Preschool at Armstrong Court in Greenwich, Family Centers' pre-school sites offer full-day, full-year early childhood education for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. For more information, visit this link .