There is no Fadeout

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The belief in “fadeout” (i.e., that benefits of early childhood education fade out as a child progresses through school), is a factor that can make obtaining financial support for early childhood education a challenge. Recently released research from Nobel Laureate James Heckman proves that “fadeout” does not occur. In fact, quality early childhood education – like that available at The Day Nursery – improves IQ and socio-emotional skills that provide profound benefits through adulthood. Read James Heckman’s rebuttal to claims of “fadeout” in the Washington Post.

Part of the article states: “In our recent work, we carefully study the effectiveness of a wide range of early childhood programs that received government funding, including Head Start. We find that all provide benefits and lasting effects to children who would have experienced lower quality care or have otherwise not received quality early childhood education.”

We continue to provide a curriculum in early childhood education that prepares each child for their future in learning.

Thank you for your continued support of The Day Nursery.

 

 

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The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation Donates $10,000 to The Day Nursery

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Our ongoing funding efforts to help the children and families of The Day Nursery have resulted in a generous gift from the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation. The Day Nursery is very grateful to the Foundation for this gift that will allow us to upgrade the furniture in the classrooms, thereby enhancing the learning environment.

The $10,000 gift allows The Day Nursery to replace all of the tables used by the children throughout The Day Nursery, and all the chairs in one of the classrooms.  Cheap plastic is now being replaced by long-lasting and durable wood table and chairs.  All the new furniture will also be appropriately-sized for the children.

The Day Nursery is now seeking an additional $5,000.00, which will be used to replace the remaining chairs in all of the other classrooms.

It is community-minded foundations, companies, and people like you that sustain our 105-year institution!

The Day Nursery is grateful to all our donors. Your generous donations help us off-set the supplies, teaching, and infrastructure expenses that make The Day Nursery a gold-standard in early childhood care and education.

More about the Foundation: The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation was established by his daughter, Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker, in 1959 to support and strengthen charitable institutions that provide quality educational and cultural programming for the current and future residents of Chicago, Illinois, and its surrounding communities.

They need to hear from you

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You have been there to support us, every step of the way.

Today, we need your help to be the voice for our young learners.

The state’s budget impasse is affecting us…all of us.

Without an adequate fully funded state budget, essential services are being impacted statewide, most of the programs and services involving our most vulnerable populations.

Closer to home…
The Day Nursery currently provides an Illinois State Board of Education Preschool for All program for 40 children who have been identified as at risk for school success through the Early Childhood Block Grant. This specific program has not received any of its allocated funds for the current fiscal year, amounting to almost $70,000.

Join The Day Nursery and The Ounce of Prevention in sending a very strong and clear message to those who have been chosen to represent all of us in IL.

Please use this link provided by The Ounce of Prevention to deliver a personal message to your legislators and Governor Rauner. (Please put your home address and zip code to locate your local representative)

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The time has come to pass a reasonable and responsible budget.

For our children, for our families.

Their future depends on it.

Thank you

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

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

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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