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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 Indianapolis names new President & CEO

Ted Maple Ph.D. President and CEO Day Nursery Association

Ted Maple, Ph.D.

Indianapolis – The  board of directors of Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Maple, Ph.D. as the President and CEO. He will succeed Carolyn M. Dederer who will retire August 2 after 15 years with the organization.

Maple comes to Day Nursery from United Way of Central Indiana where he led United Way’s education priority with a focus on early childhood and school-age initiatives.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Indianapolis, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Butler University and his Ph.D., in, Early Childhood Education from Ball State University.

Carolyn Dederer welcomes Ted Maple

Carolyn Dederer welcomed Dr. Ted Maple to his new office at Day Nursery this morning. They will work together for three weeks until Carolyn officially retires on August 2.

He began his career in education as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Pike Township. Following his time in the public schools, he served as Director of the Early Childhood Program at St. Mary’s Child Center where he led the nationally-accredited early childhood program for 200 at-risk preschoolers at two locations in Indianapolis. In 2005, Maple’s career in early childhood took a different turn, when he was selected as United Way’s Director of Success By 6. In this role, over more than eight years, he crafted United Way’s early childhood agenda that included programs, policy advocacy and community engagement. In 2012, he was promoted to Director of Education to oversee United Way’s two education priorities: children entering school ready to learn, and performing on grade level by sixth grade.

He lives with his wife and three children on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Day Nursery Association is the oldest and largest non-profit provider of early care and education in central Indiana. Founded in 1899, the agency has been educating the youngest children of Indianapolis for over 100 years. Serving more than 1,350 children annually ages six weeks to six years old in 7 locations in Marion and Hendricks County, Day Nursery believes that all children, regardless of a family’s income, should have access to the highest quality of care. Day Nursery is a United Way agency.

It’s Day Nursery parent survey time!


If you are a parent of a child who has attended one of our Day Nursery centers in Indianapolis or Avon in the last year, please take a few minutes to fill out our annual parent survey.  Our deadline is this Friday, July 12.

A Call for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Indiana State Capitol BuildingEach April, child care providers across the country rally together to ask the community to celebrate the young child and recognize high quality early experiences that make a difference in children’s lifelong academic and social success.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 3 from 11:00am-1:00pm, Indiana child care providers, advocates and organizations will declare April as the Month of the Young Child. The rally will celebrate providers who have moved up a level on Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY rating scale as well as recognize legislators who champion policy to support Indiana children and their families.

The rally will take place in the North Atrium (Ohio Street side) of the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda.  Please join the

Please join the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children in the call for excellence in early childhood education .

It’s a girl for Day Nursery Center Director!

Norah Diane Segal

Congratulations to Day Nursery Northwest Center Director Marla Segal and her husband on the birth of their first child, Norah Diane Segal, born today, April 1 at 11:15 AM. She is 7 pounds 20.5 inches. Everyone is doing fine!

Day Nursery Hendricks County Blue Friday

Day Nursery Avon Indiana infant room

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The staff and students of the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon say “Go Colts!!”


Colts Blue Friday

Colts Blue Friday

Our Avon Center cook is a good sport! Mr. Darius, who usually cheers for Houston or Dallas, is ready for Colts Blue Friday today thanks to his wardrobe consultant, Center Director Joy McCall.