Our History


Grandma’s House kicks off the year with a 35-year Anniversary Celebration for its staff.  Lorraine Weinkauf, the original “Grandma” of Grandma’s House passes away peacefully in early 2018.  She will be remembered by all of the families whose lives she touched and without whom Grandma’s House would not be what it is today!  In her memory, Grandma’s Scholarship has been created for the children of Grandma’s House staff.

A new NAEYC streamlined process is introduced.  Enhanced training for our teachers is introduced as a result.


Grandma’s House is at the heart of this year’s baby boom!  Infant enrollments are increasing as we continue to care for our “older” population.

Grandma’s House introduces ACH auto-pay for parents.  Making tuition payments has never been easier!  Many families take advantage of this new service.


In order to provide the best care and safest sleep environments for our infants, Grandma’s House implements a new SIDS policy following guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and NAEYC.

Grandma’s House provides parents with volunteer opportunities to become more involved in the center’s day to day activities.


Grandma’s House focus for this year was on community involvement.  Lists of community events for families are posted at each center at the beginning of the month.  Grandma’s House sponsored a March of Dimes walk, dinners at Ronald McDonald House, food drives, and giving trees; just to name a few.

The Highland Center becomes re-accredited by NAEYC.

The Department of Children and Families requires all staff to complete a one-time fingerprint background check.  All new employees will also be required to complete a one-time fingerprint check to ensure they are eligible to work in a group child care center.


All four Grandma’s House Centers continue to maintain a five-star rating for our early childhood education programs under the State of Wisconsin’s YoungStar rating system.  All four centers maintain NAEYC accreditation and receive  School Age accreditation.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ Racing Sausages made a special appearance at the Grandma’s House family picnic at Wiberg Park this year.  The children enjoyed playing catch and interacting with these famous Milwaukee icons.


Grandma’s House has always had an open-door policy; inviting and welcoming parents and visitors to our centers any time, any day.  We rely on our well-trained staff to stop and question any unfamiliar faces in our centers.  Unfortunately, as a result of the world we live in today, Grandma’s House has installed keypads on all entry doors so the doors are locked 24-7.  We still rely on our teachers to be extra vigilant because the safety of your children and our staff is our number one priority.  Our teachers will also continue to ask unfamiliar adults for a picture ID if they are picking up children.

Grandma’s House celebrates 30 years in quality child care this year!  All four centers continue to maintain accreditation by NAEYC.  We continue to sponsor our teachers pursuing Early Childhood Education Degrees through the TEACH scholarship program.

Grandma’s House introduces a Creative Expressions program with Ms. Michele at all four centers each week.  Children explore art, music, drama, and dance in ways that reflect cultural diversity.

Grandma’s House also continues its “Music with Mrs. Ryan” program.  Children dance, wiggle, sing, and explore special themes weekly.


In honor of Black History Month, Secretary Eloise Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, visited our Highland Center to read a story, When Grandmama Sings by Margaree King Mitchell to our group three year olds.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


In August, the Highland Center receives NAEYC accreditation.


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.


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


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.


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 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 Brookfield Center receives NAEYC accreditation in June.


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.


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.


The Pewaukee Center receives accreditation from NAEYC.


The Downtown Center receives accreditation from 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 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).


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.


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.


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


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.


Grandma’s House Corporate Office ~ 3150 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield, WI 53045

Office: 262-790-9262 ~ Fax: 262-790-9269 ~ Email: info@grandmashouse.org