It is with deep sadness and regret that the Grafton Center Playschool will be closing as of September due to low enrollment. We have had an unprecedented withdrawal of students over the summer and our budget will not support the school's operation.
We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors in enrolling your child in a new preschool and we thank you for your support of our school.
PHILOSOPHY:Grafton Center Playschool provides a happy, safe, free but guided atmosphere where young children can grow and develop to their full potential. Emphasis is placed on the individual social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child. It is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian preschool for three to five year old children. The program does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, political belief, marital status, sex, religion, disability, handicap or sexual orientation.Children must be 2.9 years old by September 1st, the year of enrollment. The Playschool was founded in 1957 and is located in the Unitarian Church in the center of Grafton. It is fully licensed by the Department of Education and Care of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- We strive to make this a successful first school experience.
- Students learn with other children in a group setting
- Students develop positive self-esteem
- Teachers foster the children's independence and a feeling of achievement and security away from home.
- GCP provides an opportunity for children to prepare for all aspects of Kindergarten
Throughout the year we hold several social events. Some of these are fundraisers for the school while others are just a great opportunity for families and friends from all 3 classes to get together and have fun outside of the school setting. A few of these events include: Family Fun Night (held late fall), Ice Cream Social/Movie Night (held late winter), and the Bike Parade on the Common (held late spring).
In school, the children have fun with different themed events such as picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, and pajama day. They also enjoy "specials" such as cooking with Chef Combo our hand puppet and music enrichment with Miss Jan of Apple Tree Arts. Go to our "photos" link to see more pictures related to these school activities.
Family Movie Night and Ice Cream Social: March 1, 2013
We had a great turnout for our annual Family Movie Night and Ice Cream Social. Held in the meeting hall upstairs from the school, the students and their families were treated to make your own sundaes (served by their teachers) and an hour of Disney Classic Movies. Many of the children wore their pajamas, and spread out on their blankets with their friends. It was a nice evening for the children to be with their friends in a social setting, and their parents to meet some of the parents of their children's friends. A great time was had by all!
Bike Parade and Family Picnic: May 19, 2013
An annual spring tradition for GCP, our Bike Parade and Family Picnic on the Common was held on May 19th. This was a fun afternoon for all. We began the day with face painting, tattoo application, decorate your own visor and games for the children. The children then rode their decorated bikes down the sidewalk of the common. Everyone was awarded a medal of participation and a freezer pop.
Family Fun Night: Dec. 6, 2012
The first of our events for the 2013-2014 school year, Family Fun Night was a huge success! Families and friends of the Playschool gathered together for an evening of fun. Mr. Kim of Apple Tree Arts entertained the preschoolers and their families while the parents and teachers snacked on refreshments and bid on the many wonderful items featured in the silent auction. We raised over $1900 for the school!
Mr. Kim entertains the crowd with music and puppets. The children have fun dancing while their parents partake in the silent auction.
Many terrific items were donated by neighboring businesses in support of Family Fun Night. Grafton Center Playschool would like to thank the following for their generosity and support: Anytime Fitness, Arturo’s Ristorante in Westboro, BJ’s Wholesale, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Boston College, The Discovery Museum, Dance It Up, Davis Farmland, Disney World, Dream Dinners, Dr. Tina Theroux, Ecotarium, Edaville Railroad, The Grafton Inn and 25 On the Common, Holy Cross Athletics, Joe’s Barbershop, Learning Express of Westborough, Little Gym of Westborough, Highfields Golf Club, Mr. Kim, Old Sturbridge Village, Pecorinos, Perrault Nurseries, Roger Williams Zoo, Santa's Village, , Snip-Its, Snack Taxi, Southwicks Zoo, Tatnuck Booksellers, Tavolino’s of Westboro, The Butterfly Place, Wegman’s, Wachusett Mountain, Worcester Sharks, YMCA of Westborough, Lakeview House of Pizza, Anzio’s brick oven pizza, Bayside Resort in W. Yarmouth, F1 Boston in Braintree, Tea Party Designs, Glow, Tim Gruntman of Apple Tree Arts, Robinson Music, Adesso in Worcester, Romains in Northboro, Arcuri Moda Salon in Worcester, Debra Yacino Truffles, UMASS/Amherst Alumni, Just Be Massage in Worcester, Westboro Tennis & Swim Club, Sparetime Recreation in Whitinsville and the families of the Playschool.