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 time 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