Monthly Archives: September 2012

Day Nursery Ft. Harrison preschoolers go behind the scenes at theatre

About 250 Day Nursery preschoolers are participating in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre‘s Backstage Pass program, compliments of PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Initiative. Each of the 7 Day Nursery centers took a field trip to Carmel for a personal peek behind the scenes of the theatre which is part of the Center for the Performing Arts. These pictures are from Tuesday with our Start Smart 4 Children early learning center at Ft. Harrison Center students. Our tour guides were Brent E. Marty – Director of Music & Education and Holly Stults – Associate Director of Education. Check out our pictures and take a little tour with us.

Day Nursery IU Health celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day

Did you know yesterday was the international Talk Like a Pirate Day?  The preschoolers at Day Nursery IU Health didn’t miss it. The Preschool 3 class at drew treasure maps using markers, pencils, and crayons. Then they painted over their drawing with tea so it would look old and weathered when it dried.

Day Nursery student making a treasure mapDay Nursery Indianapolis preschool student drawing her treasure map

Day Nursery State Center preschoolers go to Farmers Market

Ms. Ashleigh Smith’s Preschool 2 classroom at the Day Nursery Indiana State Government Center has been working on a lesson in commerce. These three-year-olds have had “jobs” for which they were paid. They then created a savings account for their “earnings”. Today, they then went to the market and learned from the vendor how to pick out good produce. They shopped at the farmer’s market in front of the  Government Center.  Patty Fisher, Day Nursery Director of Center Administration noted the children learned about economics and social studies all rolled into an experience that has a good and yummy result.

Day Nursery Federal Center staff bid farewell to a great teacher

Miss Amanda with Federal Center Director Sarah Parks and her daughter Selena

Today’s post was submitted by Day Nursery Federal Center Director Sarah Parks

Day Nursery Federal Center staff gathered Friday night to celebrate Amanda Childress, her 10 years of service to Day Nursery, the friendship and memories we share with her, and to wish her well as she starts a new chapter in her life in Alabama.  She was presented with a plaque, as well as a “moving gift” of cash from staff, families at the center now, as well as families whose lives she has touched in the past.  There were hugs, tears, smile, and lots of laughter.  The whole week Ms. Amanda was visited at the center by a host of families–past and present, as well as Senior Management from the main office.  It’s not every day you come across someone so dedicated to her job and to the families that she served, we will miss her more than she knows. Good Luck Amanda, and thank you for everything!Day Nursery Federal staff Sept. 2012

Hey everyone its Ms. Amanda and I cant thank all of you enough for all the love shown to me during my last week and especially my last day. I love you guys and families that allowed me to become a part of your lives and will miss you all more than you will ever know. Thank you for all years of love and laughter. It has been a great journey and I wish all of you nothing but the best.


Day Nursery Indiana State Center preschoolers kick off United Way campaign

Day Nursery preschoolers help announce United Way goal

Preschoolers from the Day Nursery Indiana State Government Center led by teacher Tim Tegarden, helped announce the campaign goal at the United Way of Central Indiana kickoff today on Monument Circle.

United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) volunteer leaders announced a goal to take last year’s record $40.6 million total even higher to $40.8 million to carry out its mission: helping people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.  Preschool students from Day Nursery Early Care and Educuation Center in the Indiana State Government Center helped reveal the goal during the  program.

For the third year, United Way kicked off its fundraising season along with the Colts football season at a celebration on Monument Circle. So far, early pledges amount to more than $8.2 million or 20 percent of goal.

In addition to a financial goal, United Way is on track to recruit 1,400 ReadUP tutors, having reached 46 percent of that target so far.

Banking and investments executive Steve Schenck and local artist and philanthropist Marianne Glick are co-chairing United Way’s annual campaign. Their message calls on people to be super heroes by giving to create opportunities for a better life through Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs resources.

Ellen K. Annala, United Way’s president and CEO, said United Way invites people to act so they can be part of the change instead of focusing on discouraging economic indicators.

“United Way invites everyone to live united — give, volunteer, and advocate,” said Annala. “Give through your work or on your own. Volunteer to read at a child care center, tutor early elementary students, or mentor an at-risk child. Advocate for causes that improve the lives of families and children by getting involved with your children’s school, encouraging everyone to vote, supporting better mass transit so people can get to needed jobs, and much more.”

Jimmy Matis and Blue from the Colts

This year, the Indianapolis Colts will make a donation to United Way for every ticket purchased through United Way of Central Indiana to the home opener versus the Vikings on September 16, the Colts vs. Jaguars September 23, Colts vs. Browns on October 21, Colts vs. Bills on November 25, Colts vs. Titans on December 9, and Colts vs. Texans, December 30. Visit for details.

Returning incentives in the 2012 campaign include the Give Gleefully  video contest and a loyalty program called Caring Club that provides discounts at national and local businesses for people who give at least $150.

At the free community kickoff featuring a volunteer fair, live music, Colts Cheerleaders and free Colts posters, the Colts announced they are returning a third year with a chance to win a pair of Super Bowl tickets in a drawing for anyone who gives a new gift or increase of $150 to United Way of Central Indiana.

Today’s BIG KICKOFF punctuates a series of events promoting the LIVE UNITED season to encourage Giving, Advocating and Volunteering. In late August, more than 1,800 volunteers tackled 89 projects at schools, United Way agencies and child care centers in Central Indiana as part of United Way’s Day of Caring. Similar campaign goal announcements and kickoff celebrations have been happening in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan counties.

On Tuesday, (Sept. 4), local television stations each aired stories about how United Way and its agencies are helping create lasting change in people’s lives and in the community. Visit to see the stories.

United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. United Way gets things done by mobilizing people and community partners in six Central Indiana counties to identify, advance and advocate the best solutions. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be part of the change. Visit to learn more.

It was steamy hot on the Circle but the preschoolers were good sports when we lined them up to practice before they went on stage.