Monthly Archives: February 2012

Day Nursery Federal Center Leap Day Fun

The children made Leap Day frog cupcakes as a special treat today at the Day Nursery Federal Center in downtown Indianapolis.  They baked the cupcakes this morning and decorated them this afternoon when their parents arrived.

Day Nursery Indiana State Center uses hands-on learning for Black History Month

These pictures are from the Day Nursery State Center’s Black History Museum.  Center Director Michelle Terry reported they had 10 stations that were based on improvements or inventions created by African Americans. Examples include Sarah Boone and the ironing board, John Johnson and the wrench, and Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and the first open heart surgery (represented in our hands-on learning experience by the board game “Operation”). Children visited the center’s fitness room and had a chance to explore the different stations. The concept was to have a station that targeted at least one of the five senses.  In addition to the stations, Michelle sent home chocolate chip cookies because they were also invented by an African American, better known as Famous Amos!

Day Nursery students make ‘No Lie’ Cherry Pie

The three year olds at our Ruth A.Lilly Center, 3522 N. Central Avenue made their famous “no lie” cherry pie this week in honor of Presidents Day. They had a blast baking. Center Director Shannon Garrity cannot tell a lie…she said it was delicious! If you know a child ages 3-5 who would benefit from this type of hands-on learning, please call Shannon at 926-1203 and she will be happy to give a tour of her center.

Day Nursery Federal Center February heart project

Day Nursery Federal Center Director Sarah Parks shared this picture of a center wide project going on this month in her location  called How much can a big heart hold? Families are bringing in caps and lids for children to attach to the big heart on her office window.  Preschool children are trying to guess how many lids it will take to fill up the entire heart.  When we last checked, there was still space on the heart with a week left in February.  Stay tuned.


Too Cute {Fat} Tuesday

The Preschool 4 class at the Day Nursery IU Health Center made masks in celebration of Fat Tuesday today.

Preschool 4 Day Nursery Indianapolis

President’s Day

In case you were wondering….only our Federal  Center downtown and our Ft. Harrison Start Smart 4 Children Center will be closed today in observance of President’s Day.  All other Day Nursery locations will be open.

Day Nursery students help tackle hunger in Indy

Federal Center

Congratulations to the staff and families of the seven Day Nursery early childhood centers and our administrative staff for helping to Tackle Hunger in the Indianapolis area as part of the national Souper Bowl of Caring annual event.  As a group,  Day Nursery made this contribution:

  • Total food donated: 559 items
  • Total money donated: $340.59

Souper Bowl of Caring logoHere’s a recap of our success story center by center. The Day Nursery Federal Center downtown selected their Pennsylvania Street neighbor, The Metro Baptist Center food pantry to support.  In a typical month, this pantry serves 400-500 people.  Federal Center Director Sarah Parks reports her center  collected 118 items and $32 to help them out.

Ft. Harrison Day Nursery

Our Start Smart 4 Children Day Nursery at Ft. Harrison split their collections between the Damien Center on North Arsenal and The New Haven Missionary Baptist Church food pantry.  The center collected 100 food items and $19.22 in cash. Ft. Harrison Center Director Debra Ballard and her head cook Beverly Croom are pictured here getting ready to wheel the donation out to the car.

Day Nursery Hendricks County

The Day Nursery Hendricks County Center collected 73 food items and $31.50 for the Messiah Lutheran Church in Brownsburg. The MLC Food Pantry exists to provide food for families and individuals in Hendricks County who are experiencing temporary financial hardship.

Day Nursery IU Health

The Day Nursery IU Health Center was collecting for Dayspring Center at the corner of 16th and Central Avenue.  Day Nursery Director of Curriculum, Jesse McCloud, who is based out of our IU Health Center knows the Dayspring Center very well because her late mother used to run the food program there. Dayspring provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals-a-day for homeless families with children in central Indiana. The IU Health center collected 34 cans of fruit and vegetables and $143.69 in money for Dayspring. Pictured above, Jesse McCloud joins  Rene Withers of Day Nursery to make the presentation to Dayspring Center Executive Director Lori Casson.

Northwest Center

The Day Nursery Northwest Center chose to do their Souper Bowl of Caring collection for their Pike Township neighbors at the Fay Biccard Glick Center at Crooked Creek,2990 West 71st Street. They collected $81.23 in funds and 20 different non-perishable items.  Ms. Rene’s class, pictured here, collected the largest amount of money and food.  The classroom won a pizza party and Ms. Rene won a Souper Bowl of Caring t-shirt.

Lilly Center

The Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center was so close to the beneficiary of their Souper Bowl of Caring collection that the Pre-K class took the donations over to them in wagons. The students collected 100 food items for donations to the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church,418 East 34th Street. TAB serves meals to their neighbors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. More than 800 people come through our doors each month for a hot lunch and food to take home to families.

State Center

The staff and families of the Day Nursery Indiana State Government Center chose to collect for the Northside New Era Baptist Church Feed the Sheep program where Day Nursery teacher Debbie Beatty is a volunteer.  The food pantry served over 1400 families last year and is open twice a week. The center collected$32.95 cash and 74 food items.

Day Nursery Human Resources Director Cathy Johnson

Finally, the staff of the Day Nursery Administration office in the English Foundation Building chose to collect food for the Ronald McDonald House to honor our co-worker Marsha Hearn Lindsey, Day Nursery Chief Operating Officer, who is retiring from a position on the RMH Board of Directors.  Food collected will help restock the pantry at the Ronald McDonald House allowing families to prepare meals at the house so they can stay close to their child being treated at Riley Hospital.  We collected 40 non perishable items and also donated fresh fruit and eggs for their kitchen.