Category Archives: Grants and Funding

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Tuition Assistance

Day Nursery student painting on an easelThank you to the Season for Sharing, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, for providing $10,000 toward the Day Nursery Tuition Assistance Program. In 2012, more than 300 Day Nursery children and their families received assistance from our program . This funding allows all families to choose high quality, accredited early care and education for their children.

Families in need of tuition assistance should contact any Day Nursery location via this contact form or call 317-636-9197.

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Pink Pianos and Precious Preschoolers

101_0902In today’s Thankful Thursday post, we are celebrating the donation of  a piano from Go: Give Back a youth philanthropy program from The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.  GO Ahead & Play is a public art project led by 6th-12th grade GO: Give Back students. GO students are using their talent, time and leadership to bring art and music to central Indiana.The students asked residents, businesses and schools to donate the pianos, and then worked with artists to decorate them. The 20 pianos were placed around the greater Indianapolis area for the public to play and after 18 days in the community, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana donated those pianos to their grantees.101_0900

The  students of the Day Nursery IU Health Early Learning Center were tickled pink to receive the “Tickled Pink” piano which was created by Annette Marino, : Stockannette and the Yarnburners.  They knitted and crocheted an amazing pink sweater for our piano.  You might have seen it while it resided on Monument Circle for the first 18 days of this month.IMG_5725IMG_5703IMG_5716IMG_5727IMG_5706

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday: Joan Wolfe Legacy Grant

Thank you to Indiana Members FoundationJoan Wolfe Legacy Grant for your support of Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program.

Indiana Members Foundation logo

In 2012, our tuition assistance program helped over 300 families access quality early childhood education.

Joan Wolfe worked for Indiana Members Credit Union for 27 years and was a huge supporter of Indiana Members Foundation’s mission to provide school children with the necessities essential for learning and succeeding in their education.  Joan lost her fight with cancer in March of 2013, but her fight to help children succeed continues with the Joan Wolfe Legacy Grant.

The Indiana Members Foundation investment in the youngest children of Indianapolis is so valuable, and we are grateful for your belief in our mission. We are delighted by your commitment for helping make quality early care and education available to all families in our community.The scholarship helps my household tremendously. Because I work and attend school on a full time     basis, the scholarship help gives me a peace of mind that my child is at a safe, education oriented and qualified center at a rate I can afford.

Thankful Thursday: Day Nursery grateful for Season for Sharing

Myrta Pulliam Indianapolis Star

Myrta Pulliam, chair of the Star Media community engagement team talks to grant recipients at this year’s Season for Sharing presentation. The campaign raised a total of $224,500 to benefit 27 Indianapolis nonprofit agencies that serve at-risk children and families and improve education. The funds raised in the 2011-12 campaign include $75,500 in matching funds from The Indianapolis Star and

The Week of the Young Child is coming April 22-28, 2012! This week long awareness campaign sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Children (NAEYC) focuses on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. In anticipation of this special week, we would like to continue to thank our many supporters who make our mission possible.

Thank you to The Indianapolis Star and their Season for Sharing campaign for providing funding to our Tuition Assistance Program.

Day Nursery Indianapolis Thankful Thursday

In anticipation of April showers, the support is raining on Day Nursery and we are so grateful! Thank you to the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and Shaw-Burckhardt-Brenner Foundation, Inc. for supporting Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program. Their tremendous support provides scholarships for young children to attend Day Nursery.

Simona De SilvestroWe are excited to announce a new event, Race into Reading, which will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at Riverwalk Banquet Center in Broad Ripple.  Race Into Reading is a celebration of early childhood literary. Day Nursery is honored to have Indy 500 2010 Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro, as honorary chair and emcee, Bob Jenkins, for this special evening. Tickets are on sale now. If you need more information  on this event, please contact Sarah Ferguson at or (317) 636-9197, extension 240.

Day Nursery funders give support to program upgrades and tuition assistance

Today’s guest post is from Sarah Ferguson, Day Nursery Director of Development

Greetings from the Day Nursery Development department! Spring is here! We want to take this time to appreciate the generosity of our supporters.

Efroymson Fund logoFirst, we want to thank the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, for their generous support in awarding a $45,000 grant for the Tuition Assistance Program, which currently supports more than 150 families annually.

Lilly Endowment LogoNext, we would like to extend our appreciation to the Lilly Endowment for supporting the transformation of our Ruth A. Lilly Center’s outside playground area into the Reggio Emilia model. The Endowment made a $25,000 commitment to this project.

We would also like to thank the United Way of Central Indiana and all of the many donors who have contributed to the annual campaign. Your generosity allows us to continue our mission of assuring excellent early care and education of young children in central Indiana.

Day Nursery and Junior League of Indianapolis Emerging Readers Discovery Club

Junior League of Indianapolis volunteers

Junior League of Indianapolis volunteers prepare literacy kits for the Emerging Readers Discovery Club.

This afternoon  from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Day Nursery will host volunteers from Junior League of Indianapolis at  our Ft. Harrison and Northwest locations. The volunteers invite the preschool children and their parents to participate in a variety of fun activities. They will have the opportunity to decorate cookies and have their photo taken in a chef’s cap and apron. We will also have story time, where volunteers will be reading books from Day Nursery’s Lending Libraries.

This event marks the launch of the Emerging Readers Discovery Club, an incentive program to encourage young readers. Junior League has donated reading materials for the classrooms at Day Nursery, including kits that children can take home and share with their families. One kit includes recipes and supplies for families to cook together, and is the inspiration for this event.

Please join us this afternoon at 4 p.m. And be sure to check out Day Nursery’s Lending Libraries afterward and choose a fun book or activity to share with your child.