Founded in 1891, Fannie
Battle Day Home for Children is the oldest child care center
in Middle Tennessee. Fannie Battle was a woman of great vision and
dedication who saw a need and, against substantial odds met it. As both a
teacher and social worker, Miss Battle realized that unsupervised children were
in danger, roaming the streets of Nashville while their parents worked. So she
rented a room and began caring for the children. Her determination led to
the creation of the Day Home.
Today, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children continues to fulfill the tradition
established in 1891 by our founder, Miss Fannie Battle: to provide affordable,
high-quality child care, for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while
empowering families to reach their potential.
Our families are working or in school and receive scholarships based on our sliding scale so that every family – regardless of financial circumstances – has access to quality care. Without access to affordable care, families would be forced to leave their child in non-licensed care or forgo work or school. We believe the service that we offer our community is helping families break the generational cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children, adults, and the community.
We rely on donations and fundraising to support over half of our operating budget. Financial contributions made from individuals, businesses, and foundations play a critical role in fulfilling our mission.
Volunteers are essential to our organization. We have a variety of ways that individuals and groups can contribute – reading to children, homework help, assisting teachers, or even leading a special class or project .
In-kind donations that might include school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets, hats and gloves, or family adoptions during the holidays are just a few of the ways that our community can support our families and children who are living at-risk.
The Infant, Toddlers and Two's classrooms offer high-quality early
childhood education to 26 children. The infant and toddler programs serve 16 children ages 6
weeks to 24 months and the two's program serves 10 children ages 24 months to
three years. The programs utilize a curriculum, administer assessments, and
create individual goals for children in all developmental domains. The programs
also emphasize the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of
each child. The family and teachers build quality relationships in order to
create a nurturing learning community.
Preschool and Pre-K classrooms offer high-quality early childhood education to
children ages 31 months to 5 years. The programs serve a total of 36 children with a
1 to 8 ratio in the preschool room and a 1 to 10 ratio in the pre-k room. The goal of both programs is to
ensure that every child enters kindergarten with the tools necessary for
success. The programs offer full-time, year-round education with professional
teachers, evidence-based curriculum, individual child assessments and goals
based on all developmental domains, as well as enrichment outings and
In 2006, Fannie Battle became one of only three community centers selected to house a MNPS Pre-K classroom. Since that time, the Metro Pre-Kindergarten has offered academics programming and enrichment activities and outings during the academic year between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This Program is free between the hours of 8-2 and for children who meet the requirements (qualifies for free or reduced lunches, turns 4 by the designated date of the current academic year, English Language Learner, or qualifies to receive special education services). The Program employees a professional and certified teacher and utilizes an evidence-based educational curriculum and report cards. In addition to fulfilling our mission, the mission of this program is to prepare four year old children with rich learning opportunities that will ensure their success in kindergarten. Children graduate this program ready for success in kindergarten. The program serves 20 children.
Preschool and Pre-K classrooms benefit through a partnership with United Way’s
Read to Succeed Program. The Read to Succeed program supports children
who are living at-risk by providing books, classroom materials, curricula,
training for teachers and parent workshops. This funding also provides an
on-site instructional coordinator for the children and teachers. These additions
play a critical role in preparing children for academic success. The programs
utilize both the Developmental Learning Materials (Preschool) and the Frog
Street Press (Pre-K) curriculums. Both classrooms are enhanced with the
addition of listening centers, writing centers, improved reading centers and
support for the center library. Additional assessments include the PALS and Get
Ready to Read. Results from these assessments show that children enrolled in these
programs are achieving and exceeding kindergarten readiness benchmarks.
Age Program offers quality care for 68 children ages 5 to 12 before and after
school and during school breaks (including summer). The program features a tutor for daily tutoring and homework assistance; daily lesson
plans utilizing KidzLit and KidzMath, a literacy and math focused
evidence-based curriculum; arts programming; physical fitness and health education
programming; and enrichment activities and outings. The program provides
healthy meals and snacks and the Fannie Battle bus transports children to and
from their partnering public school setting. Programming during summer break offers
a full, well-rounded schedule of academic and enrichment activities and outings
that include art camp, physical fitness classes, outdoor nature camp,
swim lessons, and field trips.
Fannie Battle Programs
are designed to meet our mission of providing high-quality child care that
supports the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of each
child in a safe and happy environment. The needs of our population are
significant as services for young children are often expensive and may not
provide the high quality programming that young children need in order to be
academically successful. Research shows that low-income and minority children
begin kindergarten behind their peers and are at a higher risk for early school
failure than their peers from high-income homes. These children often fall
below in test scores, graduation rates and other academic indicators. At-risk
children who do not have access to quality early childhood education are 25
percent more likely to drop out of school, 60 percent more likely to never
attend college, and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
Programming is designed to bridge gap between opportunities and experiences that exists for peers who are not living at-risk and the children that we serve.
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children and the Board of Directors was pleased to announce that former Development Director, Melanie Shinbaum, was named Executive Director in June of 2015 after serving as interim Executive Director since February. Melanie’s experience and background lend itself perfectly to the mission of this organization. With a major in Nonprofit Administration, the majority of Melanie's college coursework was with a focus towards early childhood education. Melanie has held positions in child care as well as worked for Chattanooga-based Family & Children Services, Inc., a nonprofit serving foster youth, as both a caseworker and program coordinator. She supervised a team that provided 24-7-365 care at four adolescent group homes as well as led all licensing and accreditation processes, including those with the TN Dept. of Children's Services. In addition, Melanie served at Chattanooga STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand), a nonprofit providing bully and substance abuse prevention services where she furthered her scope in youth-centered services.
Prior to joining Fannie Battle, Melanie worked at United Way of Metropolitan Nashville for 10 years where she created and led successful teams as well as improved fundraising efforts and community partnerships, partnered on program development and implementation and outcome measurement. Since joining Fannie Battle, Melanie has successfully increased fundraising efforts that support our children and families here at Fannie Battle. For example, in a recent fundraising event, Yum!East, we celebrated a nearly 80% increase in funds raised thanks in part to Melanie's leadership. She has added depth to many community partnerships as well as our marketing and social media efforts. In her roles as Interim Executive Director and Executive Director, Melanie worked hard to engage our children, families, staff, partners and board of directors towards our combined success.
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All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level.
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