Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Tuition Assistance

Day Nursery student painting on an easelThank you to the Season for Sharing, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, for providing $10,000 toward the Day Nursery Tuition Assistance Program. In 2012, more than 300 Day Nursery children and their families received assistance from our program . This funding allows all families to choose high quality, accredited early care and education for their children.

Families in need of tuition assistance should contact any Day Nursery location via this contact form or call 317-636-9197.

Team Day Nursery needs your help

Day Nursery staff competing in the Indiana Sports Corp Corporate Challenge 2012We had so much fun last year, we’re going to do it again! Team Day Nursery will be competing again next month in the Indiana Sports Corp’s Corporate Challenge. The Corporate Challenge is a fun-filled community event that emphasizes healthy lifestyles and company camaraderie.  Leading up to the September 21 & 28 competition, Team Day Nursery will have a chance to earn points by participating in the Community & Compassion Events. One of the ways you can help us  earn team points is to donate sports equipment (trust us…we need all the help earning team points that we can get!!)

Donation box decorated by students at Day Nursery Northwest

Donation box decorated by students at Day Nursery Northwest

Collection boxes will be available in the lobby of the 7 Day Nursery Centers until September 20. Check out the list below for the items that are most needed.

Indiana Sports Corp’s Geared For Health program collects and distributes donated sports equipment to help under served local young athletes have the equipment they need to jump start a more active lifestyle while encouraging a commitment to good health. The program collects new and gently-used donated sports equipment from manufacturers, retailers, institutions, events and individuals, and distributes it to not-for-profit, youth-serving organizations, sports leagues and sports clubs.

Geared For Health accepts:
– traditional sports gear (soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, football, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, golf, volleyball, boxing, wrestling, martial arts)
– yard games (badminton, croquet, bocce ball)
– playground and street sports equipment (rollerblades, roller skates, street hockey gear, Frisbees, jump ropes)
– water sports gear (masks, fins, kick boards, pool games, water guns)

Day Nursery Friday Faces: Making a fruit pizza

The students in Ms. Laura and Ms. Katrina’s preschool class at Day Nursery Northwest on W. 73rd Street in Pike Township, have been trying new fruits this week to see what they like. To wrap up the week, the class made a fruit pizza as a special treat. The bright colors in the fruit bowl reminded them of a rainbow. Eating a full rainbow of foods regularly helps give your body the nutrients it needs. In addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals, naturally colored foods contain powerful nutrients called phytochemicals. While the three-year-olds aren’t likely to remember that term, they will remember their favorite fruits and the beautiful colorful snack they helped make today.Day Nursery preschoolers prepare base of fruit pizzaDay Nursery preschoolers mix the ingredients for their fruit pizzaDay Nursery preschoolers adding blueberries to the fruit bowlDay Nursery students spread the mixed fruit across the cream cheese base of their fruit pizza

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Pink Pianos and Precious Preschoolers

101_0902In today’s Thankful Thursday post, we are celebrating the donation of  a piano from Go: Give Back a youth philanthropy program from The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.  GO Ahead & Play is a public art project led by 6th-12th grade GO: Give Back students. GO students are using their talent, time and leadership to bring art and music to central Indiana.The students asked residents, businesses and schools to donate the pianos, and then worked with artists to decorate them. The 20 pianos were placed around the greater Indianapolis area for the public to play and after 18 days in the community, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana donated those pianos to their grantees.101_0900

The  students of the Day Nursery IU Health Early Learning Center were tickled pink to receive the “Tickled Pink” piano which was created by Annette Marino, : Stockannette and the Yarnburners.  They knitted and crocheted an amazing pink sweater for our piano.  You might have seen it while it resided on Monument Circle for the first 18 days of this month.IMG_5725IMG_5703IMG_5716IMG_5727IMG_5706

Day Nursery Indianapolis Friday Faces

Here’s a great Friday Faces shot courtesy of  teacher Alex Groves of our Day Nursery Northwest Center in Pike Township. The infants in her room were having fun enjoying exploring the foam blocks together that Miss Alex set out for them.  While we don’t have any openings for infants at this time at Day Nursery Northwest, we are accepting names for the waiting list. We do, however, have openings for toddlers and preschoolers through age 6.  Call 291-8048 for more information.Three Day Nursery infants sitting on floor playing with foam blocks.

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Joan Wolfe Legacy Grant

Thank you to Indiana Members FoundationJoan Wolfe Legacy Grant for your support of Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program.

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In 2012, our tuition assistance program helped over 300 families access quality early childhood education.

Joan Wolfe worked for Indiana Members Credit Union for 27 years and was a huge supporter of Indiana Members Foundation’s mission to provide school children with the necessities essential for learning and succeeding in their education.  Joan lost her fight with cancer in March of 2013, but her fight to help children succeed continues with the Joan Wolfe Legacy Grant.

The Indiana Members Foundation investment in the youngest children of Indianapolis is so valuable, and we are grateful for your belief in our mission. We are delighted by your commitment for helping make quality early care and education available to all families in our community.The scholarship helps my household tremendously. Because I work and attend school on a full time     basis, the scholarship help gives me a peace of mind that my child is at a safe, education oriented and qualified center at a rate I can afford.

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday

Day Nursery Auxiliary Diamond Jubilee artwork by Candice McDonaldThank you to the sponsors of the Day Nursery Auxiliary Diamond Jubilee celebrating 75 years of supporting the youngest children of Indianapolis.

The Auxiliary’s Diamond Jubilee fashion show and luncheon will take place on Friday, October 4th at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Fashions will be provided by Secret Ingredient and Day Furs. Highlighting the anniversary event will be fashions from years past. Dotty Reehling and Sandy McCuen are event co-chairs. For ticket information, please click here or contact Sarah Ferguson at (317) 636-9197, extension 240 for more information.Day Nursery Auxiliary of Indianapolis Style Show sponsors