Monthly Archives: January 2012

Day Nursery Friday Faces: Chinese New Year

The INShape Indiana fitness  room at the Day Nursery State Center was converted into a family fun area earlier this week in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  Activities included a writing area where children could practice writing Chinese characters and a dramatic play area complete with pretend tea, sushi and soy sauce. Thanks to Assistant Center Director Amy Cavin for sharing these photos.

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Join us in welcoming new Day Nursery Development Director Sarah Ferguson

Please join us in welcoming Sarah Ferguson to the Day Nursery Association senior management staff.  Sarah started Monday as our Director of Development taking over for Beth Rodriguez who is relocating to Bloomington. Sarah comes to us from the Riley Children’s Foundation where she served as a Riley Society Gift Officer. During her career she also worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, as Development Director for six years. Sarah has been an active volunteer in our community with affiliations to Junior League of Indianapolis, United Senior Action, Community Health Charities, and A Caring Place – Adult Day Service.  Sarah is married and has two young children.  She can be reached at (317) 636-9197 ext. 240 or

Children and Chopsticks: Chinese New Year at Day Nursery

Day Nursery girl eating rice

The Chinese New Year kicked off Monday with celebrations around the world.

At Day Nursery, the activities varied by center with many classrooms using the holiday to expand the children’s knowledge of different cultures.

Day Nursery student eating rice

The three year olds at the Ruth A. Lilly Day Nursery Center, 3522 N. Central helped prepare fried rice in their classroom and then tried their hand at using chop sticks.  Thanks to Center Director Shannon Garrity for sharing these pictures.

Day Nursery students participate in Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring logoThe Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy around our nation’s biggest sporting event to mobilize and inspire youth to fight hunger and poverty.  Because one of the important lessons we share with all Day Nursery children is caring for others, and because Indy is hosting the “big game,” we thought 2012 would be the perfect year to launch the Souper Bowl of Caring in all our centers.  The teachers at each Day Nursery center have identified a local charity to benefit from their collections.  Our children are encouraged to bring in coins from their piggy bank and canned food items to support a local food pantry.

The Day Nursery Federal Center has elected to help Tackle Hunger in partnership with the Metro Baptist Center  food pantry at 952 N. Pennsylvania Street, a short walk from our Federal Center.  In a typical month, the emergency food pantry serves 400 to 500 people.   We will accepting donations at our centers  for the Souper Bowl of Caring through Friday, February 3.

Chinese New Year Day Nursery preschool style

Happy Chinese New Year from the 3-year-old class at the Day Nursery Federal Center.  Ms. Diane Taylor‘s preschoolers  practiced eating with chop sticks as they learned about different foods eaten to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Day Nursery children trying to eat with chopsticks

Winter themes involve science at Day Nursery Northwest Indianapolis center

Ms. Tamika Lasley’s  Preschool 3 classroom at the Day Nursery Northwest Center in Indy’s Park 100 area  is working on solid versus liquid experiments with their winter theme. Ms. Tamika and her assistant Mr. Aaron Highbaugh working with the students to chop away the ice that formed around random toys from their classroom during an experiment. They are working on science, fine motor skills, problem solving and cooperative learning techniques.  Thanks to Assistant Center Director Deanna Saylor for sharing these pictures today.  To find out more about enrolling your child in this center, call 317-291-8048.Day Nursery Northwest Indianapolis preschoolersDay Nursery Northwest Indianapolis preschoolers

Day Nursery Wordless Wednesday: State Center Hat Day

Hat Day fun in Mr. Tim's preschool class at Day Nursery State Government Center