Granby Play Days Preschool opens |

Granby Play Days Preschool opens

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Granby, Colorado – The new Granby Play Days Preschool opened its doors Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Located at 149 First Street (the former Grand Youth Adventures/Panthers’ Den building), the new preschool is operating out of a completely remodeled and upgraded facility.

“We’re so excited to be open and running at this great new location,” said Molly Rankin, director of the preschool.

Rankin, who is a former elementary school teacher in Granby and a former preschool instructor at the C Lazy U Preschool, said “the building is in great shape with a new playground and remodeled interior to bring it up to state preschool standards and building codes.”

Along with assistant director Jamie Birch and certified instructor M.J Skelly, Rankin said the school’s goal is to prepare young children for elementary school by giving them a stimulating environment with creative activities where they can learn through play.

Rankin said the only way the school was able to open was with the generous help of the town of Granby and many other individuals, parents, families and organizations who donated time and money to the effort.

“I can’t thank these people enough, and we’ll be recognizing them soon,” she said.

Community support has been strong because two preschools in east Grand County – the C Lazy U Preschool and the Mountain Family Center preschool in Grand Lake – closed last spring, creating fears there wouldn’t be enough preschool space available in east Grand County this year.

Granby Play Days Preschool operates as a Colorado non-profit corporation. It is governed by a board of directors. Patrick Brower serves as the board president.

The center is a small-center preschool, which means it operates with a maximum of 15 children. There are still openings for enrollment at the school.

Granby Play Days Preschool also plans to offer a Friday program in addition to its Monday-Thursday curriculum.

An open house and opening celebrations are planned for later this fall. The community will be invited.