A Special Thank You on Thanksgiving

Today, we gather to give thanks for family, friends, those important around us, and… Especially you.

We are reminded of how a community can come together to make a difference in the lives of our children.  Here is a reminder of how this happens when people care as they did to build a playground in a day.

Thank you for your continued support


From our table to yours,

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Staff, Board of Directors, Volunteers, Children and Families of The Day Nursery 

 

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Early Childhood Programming – Why It Matters

We recently spoke about the importance in Early Childhood Development. This is why at this time of year we ask you to donate to The Day Nursery on #GivingTuesday with a donation at #ILGive November 29, 2016.  Please consider supporting our mission to Unlock The Potential.

Other facts proving the value of quality early childhood programs:

  • When a child enters kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82% chance the child will master basic skills by age 11; that chance decreases to 45% if the child is not school ready. Research shows the child’s chances of making up that deficit are slim.
  • Superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are relevant to students’ lives, interests, and experiences.
  • High-quality early education is essential to narrow the achievement gap. Across multiple studies over multiple years, early childhood education has been shown to nearly half the black-white difference in the kindergarten achievement gap.
  • Children who enter kindergarten with strong social-emotional skills experience significantly improved outcomes in education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health.
  • The ability to self-regulate thoughts, emotions and behavior increases success in school, work, and life.
  • Children who enter school with basic knowledge of math and reading are more likely than their peers to experience later academic success.
  • Early access to STEM competencies (collaboration, cause and effect, exploration and discovery) has been proven to lead to a greater comfort with STEM in grade school.

Thank you for your support to #GivingTuesday and #ILGive

It Takes a Village

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Despite the recognition of the benefits of early childhood education, government funding has decreased, yet the need of low and moderate income families increases. Over 40% of our families receive financial assistance. You can impact the life of a child through your support!

As we congregate as families this Thanksgiving Day we celebrate our family mission of bonding, caring and loving of one another. We hope that when you plan your holiday giving that you include The Day Nursery in this plan and especially on the nationwide day of giving, #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  We have partnered with #ILGive on this day and when you give specifically on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 we get to keep all of the donations made through them on that day.

Please save that day for us and give on this link on Tuesday, November 29, 29106 The Day Nursery #ILGive to help us continue to give to our children the education and inspiration for learning.

The Day Nursery’s mission is to provide quality, nurturing early child care and preschool provided by a professional and caring staff in a safe environment for families in the community.

The Day Nursery was founded in 1912 due to the need observed to have quality early childhood programs for families of working parents. The Day Nursery founders were far ahead of their time in their perception of the value such a program brings to the children, the families, and the community at large.

That need has not gone away. Nationwide more and more families – of all economic backgrounds – are two-income families and need to rely on quality, reliable early childhood care. Over the last forty years, the research has been done and the science developed that indicate that every dollar invested in high quality early childhood programs yields at least $8.60 in value over time. The return increases to as much as $10 for low-income children.

To see more about The Day Nursery and the work we do, see us on Facebook Like Us and share with your friends and follow us on Twitter.

Thank you and have a joyous, wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

 

#GivingTuesday with #ILGive

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. We are participating in #GivingTuesday along with #ILGive to help the children of our Day Nursery to get a foundation in learning. Because we believe every child should have the opportunity to enter kindergarten ready to learn, regardless of economic background.

Without this opportunity, countless studies have proven that a child has a greatly reduced chance of reaching his/her potential in school and in life.

Since 1912, The Day Nursery in Oak Park, IL has been a leader in providing early childhood education to children, ages 2 1/2 – 6, of working families. We are the only full-time NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited early childhood provider in the community that provides financial assistance to low and moderate income families. Over 40% of our families require assistance. Your gift unlocks the potential for one of these children!

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many of our supporters focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

In conjunction with this worldwide event we are pleased to partner locally with #ILGive where a donation made to The Day Nursery on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 will not have additional fees, i.e., we get all the money donated by you. This is a direct link to the donation page.  We hope you will click on that link and help support our continued efforts to provide quality and affordable education to those in need.

It’s Almost Time to Vote

 

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At The Day Nursery we excite the imagination of children on a day to day basis.  Our dedicated staff works to that end each day. Our democracy is exciting too. Tomorrow we get to exercise our citizen participation by voting; while so many people in so many countries are deprived of that opportunity.

Taking your child with you is a teaching moment too.  See this article about why parents are taking their children when they vote. Make sure your friends and family vote too. Make sure all the parents who drop off their kids vote. We are all in this together.

Our friends at NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Nearly ten months ago, NAEYC announced its own first-time electoral advocacy effort – the Early Ed for President campaign, designed to elevate the conversation around early childhood education and educators in the 2016 election cycle.

Since then, NAEYC members and friends, affiliates and partners all around the country have carried the Early Ed for President messages to candidates far and wide, making sure they know about the importance of early childhood education! And every one of the 105,320 (and counting!) likes and follows on social media mean our voices are growing.

We’ve heard both Presidential candidates talk about child care and early learning – and we want to see more when they, whoever is elected, takes office.

As you vote tomorrow, keep in mind you are voting for your children as well.

#earlyedin16!