Letter: Landlord squabble is closing nursery school after four decades
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform the City of Stamford that after more than 40 years, our nursery school, Creative Care Child Center, will be closing. After more than four months of preparation, we opened our doors on Aug. 5th, 1978 with an enrollment of about eight 3- and 4-year-old local children.
In the intervening years we quickly grew to capacity by word of mouth, and estimate that we have stimulated and enriched more than 1,500 young minds, preparing them for Kindergarten and beyond. This includes many second-generation students. Our closing is the result of an out-of-the-blue 30-day eviction notice by our landlord, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The church has given us until Sept. 1st to vacate, as a construction company building on an adjacent property would like the use of our space for the next two years for offices and bathrooms.
We already had registered a nearly full enrollment of students for the fall semester and were in the process of facilitating a merger with another school, so that a quality program would continue on site long after our planned retirement. We are disheartened to have to terminate what was up until now a mutually respectful relationship with Saint Andrew’s, and to have to say good-bye in this manner.
We greatly appreciate, and say thank you to all of the wonderful families who have entrusted their beautiful children to our care for the last four decades. My business partner, Martha Fullilove, and I remember and love each and every child.
Carolyn Toreso Mason
Creative Care Child Center