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Grandma’s House Day Care Center, Inc. is founded by Donna Ryan and Grandma, Lorraine Weinkauf.  The Wauwatosa Avenue Methodist Church, called the Tosa Center, is the site for the first Grandma’s House.  The original state license is for 13 children. 


Amended several times, the state license allows for 164 children 2 through 11 years of age.


A program for transporting children to and from local public and private schools is begun at our Tosa Center, fostering a large before and after school program.

After many requests for quality infant care, Grandma’s House opens an Infant and Toddler Center at 6119 W. Vliet Street.  The state license allows for 32 children under the age of two.

Grandma’s House offices move from Donna Ryan’s home to this location. 


Grandma’s House is awarded a contract with the County of Milwaukee to provide services not only for Milwaukee County employees, but the general public as well.  Grandma’s House Downtown Center is located in the Courthouse Annex on North 10th Street and is licensed for 100 students 6 weeks through 11 years of age.


The Infant and Toddler Center is remodeled and renamed the Highland Center, at which time the license is amended to serve 145 children 6 weeks through 11 years.

In October the Highland Center receives accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


In May, the offices relocate to the Wauwatosa Village.

In July, the Tosa Center receives accreditation from NAEYC.

August brings the opening of Grandma’s House in Pewaukee.  This center is licensed for 48 children from 2 years through 11 years. 


The Downtown Center receives accreditation from NAEYC


The Pewaukee Center receives accreditation from NAEYC.


Early 1997 brought the move of the corporate offices to the future Brookfield Center. 

The Brookfield Center opens in March 1997 and is licensed for 92 children from 6 weeks through 11 years. 


In April, NAEYC reaccredits the Tosa Center.

In August, Grandma's House makes the decision to close the Pewaukee Center since infant care could not be offered at this location.  At this time, the Brookfield Center opens three new classrooms and increases its licensed capacity to 130 children.

In September, the Tosa Center moves to a new location where it is able to offer infant care and expand its transportation service to area schools.

In December, the Downtown Center is reaccredited by NAEYC.


The Brookfield Center receives NAEYC accreditation in June.


In June, the Lake Country Center is opened.  This center is licensed for 68 children from 6 weeks through 11 years. 

Grandma's House begins hosting seminars to assist staff in meeting continuing education requirements.


The Tosa Center is again awarded NAEYC accreditation for its quality program. 

Grandma's House expands its education program by sponsoring teacher apprentices and assisting with scholarships for teachers who wish to enroll in formal education programs.


In February, Downtown maintains its NAEYC accreditation.

In April, all Grandma's House teaching staff receive state-mandated SIDS training.  Grandma's House adopts a new SIDS policy in accordance with the Back to Sleep Campaign.

In May, the Highland Center receives NAEYC re-accreditation.  The Lake Country Center is awarded NAEYC accreditation for their quality program in September.

September brings the addition of two 29-passenger school buses, for transporting children to and from area schools at our Tosa Center and Highland Center. 

In the fall of 2002 the Brookfield Center becomes accredited.


Due to the changing economy and lack of enrollment, the decision is made to close our Downtown Center after 13 years of operation. 


The Lake Country Center continues to experience rapid growth in their fourth year.  As a result, they open three new classrooms and expand their licensed capacity to 109 children.

In May, Governor Jim Doyle visits our Lake Country Center to promote his “Kids First Initiative.”  Grandma's House is recommended to the Governor’s office by the Department of Workforce Development as a quality center.  The three year olds present the Governor with a book they made during Literacy Week and the four year old class performs ‘Circle of Life”, a show they prepared for the Center’s Multicultural Fest.


In August, the Highland Center receives NAEYC accreditation.


Donna Ryan decides to “retire” and her daughter Colleen Pomeroy takes over as owner of Grandma's House.  Colleen served as the Director of Operations for twelve years.


All four centers maintain NAEYC accreditation and will pursue re-accreditation under the new NAEYC system.  All Grandma's House teachers are now required to have a minimum of a two year Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Grandma's House sponsors teachers who return to college through the TEACH Scholarship program.


Grandma's House celebrates 25 years in quality child care this year!  Grandma, Lorraine Weinkauf, still opens three mornings each week at the Tosa Center.

In June, the Lake Country Center receives re-accreditation under the new NAEYC Criteria.  In September, the Brookfield Center receives re-accreditation under the new NAEYC Criteria


In April, the Tosa Center receives re-accreditation under the new NAEYC Criteria. 


Grandma’s House opens a new Hartland Center in August.  Staff and families from the Lake Country Center enjoy their new classrooms and play space in the Village of Hartland.  This center is licensed for 90 children from 6 weeks through 11 years. 


All four Grandma's House Centers were awarded a five-star rating for our early childhood education programs under the new YoungStar rating system. The YoungStar program was created by the Department of Children and Families to improve the quality of child care for children in the State of Wisconsin. 

All four centers maintain NAEYC accreditation.  In June, all four centers added more natural elements to their playgrounds to help the children get back in touch with nature.