Calling All Alumni, Bring Your Memories to Egenolf Early Childhood Center’s 125th Anniversary

Credits: Alex Marcantonio

ELIZABETH, NJ – Egenolf Early Childhood Center, which has served Elizabeth families for generations, will be celebrating a milestone 125th anniversary this coming December and will be hosting a celebration to honor the community, alumni, and their history. As part of their anniversary celebration, the Center is reaching out to alumni to collect memorabilia.

“Not only is this a significant milestone for Egenolf,” said Lorraine Cooke, Ed.D., executive director, “but one that should be shared with the community that has continued to support us in our endeavor to invest in education, from early childhood through lifetime learning.”

Originally, Elizabeth Day Nursery, Egenolf opened its doors on December 4, 1890, by a group of prominent Elizabeth women who were concerned about the welfare of children whose mothers had to work.  It became the first child care program in the city to become accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1995, a distinction it continues to hold. When the Superior Court of New Jersey rendered its “Abbott v. Burke” decision in 1998, which mandated that at-risk children in some NJ districts receive high-quality, state-funded preschool, Egenolf ECC chose to become partners with the Elizabeth Public School District to deliver the service. It has earned distinction as a “Top Performing Preschool,” outscoring the district operated classrooms, as determined by assessments conducted by the National Institute for Early Childhood Research at Rutgers University. Today, Egenolf Early Childhood Center serves 150 children and families.

For additional information on Egenolf ECC, contact Executive Director Lorraine Cooke, Ed.D. at 908-352-7508. For additional information on the anniversary celebration, including information on how to attend, follow Egenolf Early Childhood Center on Facebook, or register for updates by emailing

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