Investing in The Day Nursery

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An old picture of The Day Nursery.  It speaks to the fact that we are 103 years old and still serving our communities of Oak Park, River Forest and even beyond.  Each year we have a set number of children we can accept into our program.  As you know our program covers the spectrum of family income and therefore can offer a sliding scale for the monthly fee.

This year The Day Nursery must raise $58,000.00 for financial support given to our enrolled families. Your contribution provides access to early detection and early interventions that ultimately unlock possibilities for all our young children.

In fact, “How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down” is an article by NPR Ed about early childhood education.  This is the link to that article which we ask that you read and share. One of the beginning paragraphs read: “What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family?”

We recently shared a blog post about Why I Give by Susan Murphy. It is people like Susan and you that does make a difference in why we do what we do.

In our year end letter November 8th, 2016 we asked our supporters for their help in reaching our goal.  We hope you are one of them and donate now.

It is wonderful to have your support!

Cari Kristoff
Executive Director

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Why I Give by Susan Murphy

 

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“I have been involved with the Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery for over 25 years – as a Board Member, President of the Board, and Liason to the Advisory Council. I am currently serving another term as a Board Member. Why? Because I strongly believe that all children have potential, and the sooner they are encouraged and engaged in their learning, the more likely they are to achieve that potential.

Years ago I was actively involved in the second largest school district in Illinois (Elgin). Someone told me, “You can’t save them (students) all.” To which I responded, “I am not trying to save them all — I am trying to get them what they need to save themselves.”

The Day Nursery gives children the tools they need to succeed. And with that thought in mind I have included the Day Nursery in my estate plan as a charitable gift at the end of my life. In this way I can continue to give to the Day Nursery so that they may continue to prepare children for their lives.

Supporting the Day Nursery does make a difference.”

Susan is very modest. She is truly a champion of the Day Nursery children and families, and uses every opportunity she can to share of herself. Her generosity extends beyond what you might expect, to all areas of the organization. For example, every season, Susan makes sure the lobby is filled with colorful, child-centered festive decorations, adorned with each child’s name. But, more than a child’s name on a snowflake, Susan has created opportunities for learning and discovery. Imagine being able to recognize how your name looks in print or recognizing how your friends name starts with the same letter as yours. It’s those tiny details that mean so much for the children. “Ms. Susan” has achieved rock-star status with the 2-5 year old Day Nursery crowd…

Susan, thank you for all you do to unlock their potential!

Top 10 Reasons for Quality Early Childhood Education at The Day Nursery

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Early childhood is an amazing, fascinating, almost magical time. Every new experience, every new word, every new observance is soaked up like a sponge.

Which is why quality early childhood programs, exactly like those found at The Day Nursery, are so essential for the good of the child, the family, the community, and the greater society.

In this blog I’m going to list what I see as the top ten reasons for early childhood education. They are not listed in order of importance as they all contribute to a well-rounded child – and eventually adult. In blogs over the next few months, I will address each of these reasons and why they are so important and how The Day Nursery works to excel in each.

So, here we go! Top 10 reasons for early childhood education at The Day Nursery.

10. Diversity

9. Parental Support/Community

8. Socialization

7. Assessment and early intervention

6. Confidence and self-esteem

5. Teamwork and cooperation

4. Verbal Literacy

3. Number Literacy

2. Understanding the value of education through experience

1. Gaining a life-long enthusiasm and joy for learning and discovery

The High Scope Perry Preschool Study was a long-range (40 year) study of the effects of preschool on children. There are many statistics touting the benefits as a result of this study, but one that many people have not heard is the effect on IQ. This study indicated 67% of the children who participated in the study’s preschool program had attained an IQ of 99 or better by age 5. In contrast, only 28% of those children in the study who did not participate in the study’s preschool program tested with an IQ of 99 or above.

Just think about the lifelong implications in that! – and the impact on society.

Study after study indicates the value of quality early childhood education for all children but especially for those who come from low-income families whose limited resources do not allow them to expose their children to the same experiences as those from more affluent families.

The Day Nursery has always welcomed families from all socio-economic backgrounds. Government funding has declined significantly despite the overwhelming evidence of the value of quality early childhood education.

Please consider making a gift today so that The Day Nursery can continue to unlock the potential for every child who comes through our doors. A gift of any size will have an impact! Just go to our website and click on donation.

Thank you,

Cari Christoff, Executive Director