Monthly Archives: September 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Pictures from Day Nursery Federal Center


Happy Johnny Appleseed Day

This preschooler from the Day Nursery at Ft. Harrison was surprised even though he had taken many bites, he had not found any seeds in his apple.

This preschooler from the Day Nursery at Ft. Harrison was surprised even though he had taken many bites, he had not found any seeds in his apple.

I was glad to see we have apples on the menu for lunch today because tomorrow is the birthday of Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – February 18, 1845). Appleseed was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance of apples.

Museum Day offers free admission this Saturday

logo-2This Saturday you can enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to museums and cultural venues nationwide thanks Smithsonian Magazine. Present a Museum Day admission card to receive free general admission at participating Museum Day locations across the country including the Indiana State Museum, Conner Prairie in Fishers and the Museum of Minature Houses on Main Street in Carmel. The admission card is available in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine or downloadable via their website.

Get out and play this weekend

PCUSA_Banner_Ad_MAIN_610x125On Saturday, September 26, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is encouraging all children, teens, adults and families to turn off their TVs, get outside and PLAY! The First Annual Indy Play Celebration honors Indianapolis as a city recently named by KaBOOM! as a Playful City USA

Play is important and fun for everyone! It promotes healthy bodies and minds. Plan now to play together in an Indy Park or on a Greenway Trail, at a church or school playground, a museum, or cultural center. A Play Day Program Guide is being assembled by Indy Parks so check out their website.

Swing together, bike together, slide together, be together.

KaBOOM!’s Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns across the country committed to taking action for play. In 2009, KaBOOM! recognized 93 cities in 33 states for their commitment to play.

Hoosier Outdoor Experience-free family fun this weekend

HOE09This weekend’s Hoosier Outdoor Experience at Ft. Harrison State Park is a family-friendly event that is the first of its kind in Indiana. Unlike traditional trade shows, visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on experiences in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, target shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more. The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with sponsorship support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; Ball Brothers Foundation; WXIN-Fox 59, Indianapolis; and numerous other sponsors. Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars are free to the public, but online registration is required. To register, go to and click on the yellow registration icon. Event updates can be found at or on Facebook.

Visitors to the Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at Fort Harrison State Park won’t have a reason to go hungry. Several low-cost food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the Sept. 26 – 27 event. “We are partnering with several nonprofit, community and youth organizations to provide food for our participants,” said Amanda Wuestefeld, Hoosier Outdoor Heritage Coordinator. “These groups will be using the Hoosier Outdoor Experience as a fund raiser. Food choices will range from breakfast sandwiches, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, walking tacos and even elk burgers. Food vendors have worked hard to make sure that we will have several food options for around $5 during the event.” Participants are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to the event. However, large coolers will not be permitted inside the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Participants should bring only what they feel comfortable carrying with them throughout the event.

Day Nursery’s Mrs. Bennett goes to Washington

MindyBennettMindy Bennett, who is the Program Director for Day Nursery’s community outreach program Child Care Answers is in Washington DC for the next two weeks.  She just sent me an email asking for your help.  Mindy says…I will be going to see Representatives Burton and Carson next week as well as Senator Lugar. If you have a story about child care and your family that you would like for me to share email it to me at

In addition to seeing her in a professional setting every day, I have known Mindy since she was my son’s Kindergarten teacher at the Day Nursery Federal Center.  He’s in college now so we’ve been friends for a long time.   We were very proud of her when she was selected to be a part of an exclusive group of interns at the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) this year.

I promise that if you email her, she will deliver  your message with the same passion that you would have done if you could be there in person. Mindy really cares about early childhood education in Indiana. Click here if you would like to follow Mindy’s trip to Washington on the Child Care Answers blog.

Your comments can help shape work-life balance for American families

naccrra_logoThe National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is partnering with on an important research project on caregiving in America. has crafted a survey to gauge the challenges families face when trying to find quality care. The results will be used to help President Obama’s White House Task Force on Working Families reach its goals of improving care giving and work-life balance for families across the country. Your participation will help improve care. By taking part in this study, you’ll provide invaluable feedback that can help shape the future of care in America. You may access the survey by clicking on this link. Your responses to the survey will remain completely CONFIDENTIAL. No results will be reported in a way that will identify you. Thank you in advance for your time and input on this important initiative. NACCRRA and the Team