Category Archives: Thankful Thursday

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.

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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.

Day Nursery Thankful Thursday

Day Nursery Auxiliary Diamond Jubilee artwork by Candice McDonaldThank you to the sponsors of the Day Nursery Auxiliary Diamond Jubilee celebrating 75 years of supporting the youngest children of Indianapolis.

The Auxiliary’s Diamond Jubilee fashion show and luncheon will take place on Friday, October 4th at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Fashions will be provided by Secret Ingredient and Day Furs. Highlighting the anniversary event will be fashions from years past. Dotty Reehling and Sandy McCuen are event co-chairs. For ticket information, please click here or contact Sarah Ferguson at (317) 636-9197, extension 240 for more information.Day Nursery Auxiliary of Indianapolis Style Show sponsors

Thankful Thursday: Celebrating retiring CEO Carolyn Dederer

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Since 1998, Carolyn Dederer has dynamically led the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis. Carolyn will be retiring August 2, 2013 and we wish to thank her for leadership and service. Her untiring effort to grow Day Nursery and raise the bar for early childhood education in our community is truly commendable. Last night we celebrated Carolyn’s service with a party. Here are a few pictures from the event.

Carolyn sharing some thoughts with the guests.

Carolyn sharing some thoughts with the guests.

Child Care Answers staff

Child Care Answers staff


Guests filled the Reuben Community Room at WFYI

Guests filled the Reuben Community Room at WFYI


Wanda Kaiser, Day Nursery CFO thanked Carolyn on behalf of the staff.

Wanda Kaiser, Day Nursery CFO thanked Carolyn on behalf of the staff.


Susie Friend of United Way of Central Indiana and Carolyn

Susie Friend of United Way of Central Indiana and Carolyn


Carolyn and son Andrew

Carolyn and son Andrew

Carolyn with Board Chair Raven Buchanan

Carolyn with Board Chair Raven Buchanan


Long time board member Lloyd Lyons led off the evening's tribute to Carolyn.

Long time board member Lloyd Lyons led off the evening’s tribute to Carolyn.


We know that her many gifts to Day Nursery and the Indianapolis community will continue to touch children’s lives for many years to come.

Sincerely,
Raven M. Buchanan
Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis Board Chair

Thankful Thursday: We are grateful for the PNC Grow Up Great program

Naptown Jazz playing to class of Day Nursery preschoolersIt’s Thankful Thursday! 

PREFERRED Grow Up Great logo with registration mark (use)_  jpgThank you to PNC – Grow Up Great for supporting Arts for Learning programming and workshops in all seven Day Nursery Centers in 2013! This month, Day Nursery children were able to experience The Naptown Jazz 5 ensemble as they learned about jazz instruments and sounds. The children learned about the instruments during “Old McDonald Had a Band” and marched around the room during “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Federal 2 Civic TheatreAdditionally, PNC – Grow Up Great generously sponsored more than 241 Day Nursery children and staff  to attend a performance of Bean Stalk-The Musical at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in June.

Indianapolis IndiansTake me out to the ballpark! And one last shout this week for PNC – Grow Up Great, as PNC has generously donated more than 100 tickets to Day Nursery families to attend this weekend’s Indianapolis Indians’ game against the Louisville Bats.

Thank you PNC – Grow Up Great for enriching the lives of Day Nursery children!

Thankful Thursday: A salute to the Leap into Art committee

This Thankful Thursday we want to thank our Leap into Art committee who helped to raise the necessary funds to provide year round Arts for Learning programming for Day Nursery children. The following committee members hosted more than 150 guests at our IU Health Early Learning Center on Saturday, May 18th: Amy Cavin, Carolyn Dederer, Denise Hancock, Denise Holder, Doyia Turner, Ebony Reid, Jessica Barth, JoEllen Florio Rossebo, Joli Heavin, Kathy Drewes, Megan Hacker-Schnitzler, Sarah Ferguson, Susan Davis, Tami Earnhart, Kathy Wall and Olivia Roney. Special thanks to Chef Sam Brown, his Ivy Tech Culinary Arts students and to our Day Nursery cooks: Suzanne Carroll, Dollie Smith and Angie Brown. Here are a few pictures from the event.

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