Monthly Archives: December 2010

Day Nursery Lilly Center Kwanzaa celebration

Children working on Kwanzaa mural

Everyone in the center joined together to make a Kwanzaa mural to demonstrate unity and cooperation.

Girl making a kinara

The Pre-K class read the book My First Kwanzaa and then they used it as a reference to help see what candle to light first on their handmade kinara.

Thankful Thursday: Day Nursery preschoolers learn about giving

As parents and educators, we are always looking for “teachable moments” when it comes to raising young children.  Christmas time gives us an opportunity to teach our young ones the value of graciously giving and receiving gifts.  Shannon Garrity, Center Director at the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center sent me these pictures of her preschoolers working on both giving and receiving gifts.  The children were asked to bring a gift valued at no more than $2 for an anonymous gift exchange.  Shannon shared a cute story that illustrates how much children do care about each other.  When a three-year old boy in Ms. Caroline and Ms. Sara’s classroom unwrapped his gift, he discovered it was a toy typically thought of as a “girl’s” gift.  When asked by another child if he wanted to exchange it with someone for another gift, he replied “No, one of my friends bought this for me and I love it!”  Wouldn’t it be nice if all the adults on our holiday list were so understanding?  Happy Holidays!
After patiently waiting until everyone selected a gift, it was finally time to open them!
child making holiday treat

The three year olds made yummy holiday treats to give to their family.

The children selected numbers to see which gift they would receive.

Holiday greetings from Day Nursery Executive Director

Carolyn DedererDear Friends,
The holiday season has been a very active one here at Day Nursery Indianapolis!  Santa has pulled out all the stops at the centers—even coming back twice on Saturday, the 11th and the 18th, for Breakfast with Santa Family Events at our Clarian and Northwest centers for about 100 parents and children.  Crafts, food, lots of fun Boy with Santatime spent together—and don’t forget photos with Santa—all added up to a great time as well as dollars raised for our Tuition Assistance Scholarship Program (TAP).  We think this event might just have to become a Day Nursery tradition!

Additionally, we reached out to our families who need a little help providing Christmas memories for their little ones.  It has been our tradition to participate in United Christmas Service, an assistance program managed by United Way of Central Indiana, as well as Christmas Benevolence, an assistance program run by Second Presbyterian Church.  Eighteen of our voucher families got help from United Christmas Service and nineteen from Second Church.  This year, we traded in our management staff gift exchange and selected stockings from our Christmas tree, labeled with 37 of our Tuition Assistance children’s names.  In all these ways combined, we saw to it that over 100 Day Nursery children and families had a brighter celebration.

We also ran a pilot “Family Meals to Go” Program at two of our centers during the holiday season to see if sending home a healthy meal for our families’ evening meal might be valuable to them both in time saving, better eating, and reduced stress.  The side benefit is to develop a new revenue stream to support our Tuition Assistance Program.  A participant survey is coming right after New Year’s which will help us determine next steps.

From all of us at Day Nursery, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you and yours!!  I have to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your incredible support and leadership this past year, as we could not do what we do without you!  I look forward to a wonderful 2012 for our children and families, as well as for you and yours.


Carolyn Dederer, Executive Director

Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis

Too Cute Tuesday: Santa visits Day Nursery Ruth A Lilly Center

Santa visits Day Nursery 2010Santa visits Day Nursery 2010

Carter wanted to know how Santa got to his school

Day Nursery preschoolers take quick trip to North Pole

Today was pajama day at the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon.  The preschoolers got a special afternoon snack while they watched the holiday movie The Polar Express.  All the children were invited to wear pajamas and many of the staff members couldn’t resist wearing theirs too.  Thanks to Center Director Joy McCall for sharing these pictures.

Ms. Miriam and the preschoolers enjoyed the movie

Day Nursery Friday Faces

Today’s featured faces were captured earlier this week at the Day Nursery Start Smart 4 Children Center at Ft. Harrison.  Parents and grandparents were invited to a holiday “ThanksMas” lunch.  When quizzed by one of the center’s preschoolers, Center Director Debra Ballard admitted she invented this special event which earned its name by falling on a day somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Indiana Pacer player takes a Time Out to read to Day Nursery children

The Indiana Pacers recently welcomed a small group of Day Nursery students and their families to a special Reading Time Out event in the Pacer locker room at Conseco Fieldhouse.  Pacer player T.J. Ford hosted the event December 9.  After reading several stories, the families enjoyed a light dinner.  Thanks to the Pacers for inviting us to this great event.Indiana Pacers Reading Time Out

Indiana Pacers Reading Time Out