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