History

Our History

In the fall of 1980, The Family Schools, Inc. was established by Founder Marcia Ann Pioppi Galazzi.

TFS, Inc. began as a small program with three teachers and nine students in the antique Crosby Barn in Brewster. At the end of that first year, the Family School Summer Camp, was created. Both emerging programs moved to the present location at 3570 Main Street in 1983, where the camp and the school continue to thrive today, sharing a common campus, mission, and philosophy which began over four decades ago.

Kim Lockwood, Founding Teacher, Carolyn O’Leary, Founding School Director joined Marcia in the first year and continue to work at the school today.

With the early childhood school program flourishing, we collectively set out to provide more programming options for elementary and middle school age children in the summer months. By 1997, Marcia’s daughter, Milisa (‘misa’) Galazzi became the first full-time Director of Brewster Day Camp. Upon Marcia’s death in 2021, her daughter became President & Executive Director of The Family Schools, Inc. ensure that Marcia’s vision is carried into the future for generations to come.

Today, after four decades of steady evolution, TFS Inc. is a national leader in year-round early childhood education, recreation programming, as well as outstanding staff development and training. Our combined programs serve hundreds of children per day and impact the lives of thousands of people each year.

We hope that you will join our School & Camp Family and make our story a part of yours!