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.
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.
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)
The time has come to pass a reasonable and responsible budget.
For our children, for our families.
Their future depends on it.
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!