Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc
108 Chapel Avenue
Nashville TN 37206
Mission Statement
Our mission is to continue 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. 
'Teaching Children, Empowering Families, Strengthening the Community'
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melanie A Shinbaum
Board Chair Mr. Ben Sellers
Board Chair Company Affiliation EdgeNet
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1923
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $1,198,884.00
Projected Annual Revenue $1,198,884.00 (2018)
Our mission is to continue 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. 
'Teaching Children, Empowering Families, Strengthening the Community'

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.

The Day Home is open year-round Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and offers Infant, Toddler, Two's, Preschool and School-Age Programs to 130 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Our programs offer qualified teachers; daily lesson plans; enrichment opportunities; and healthy meals. We encourage the family to participate in their child’s activities and host Family Nights throughout the year.

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.

1. Received a 3 Star rating since inception of program in 2001 (the highest recognition a child care center can receive from the Tennessee Department of Human Services).
2. Our Preschool and Pre-K programs were recognized by United Way's Read to Succeed Program as "Classrooms of Excellence."
3. Maintained full enrollment with waiting lists for all programs.
4. 90% of children served mastered developmental goals, preparing them for school and life with advanced social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills learned.
5. Continued Board growth, development, and training, as well a staff development and furthering of educational levels attained.
1. Continue 3 star rating from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, as has occurred annually since the program's inception in 2001.
2. Secure new sources of funding for the Infant/Toddler and School-Age Program, Summer Enrichment Program
3. Build volunteer efforts and committees, and implement effective volunteer management tools to increase the overall success of Fannie Battle.
4. Develop year round schedule and plan for fundraisers to increase the success and organization of established fundraising activities as well as looking at possible new events or third party events.
5. Maintain staff tenure and continue to increase overall educational levels and experiences of staff.

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.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Child Day Care
Secondary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
We do not limit services to a geographic area although our families typically reside in Davidson County, with a large majority living in and around the 37206 zip code. Our school age program partners with public and charter schools within the East Nashville community.

The Infant, Toddlers and Two's classrooms offer high-quality early childhood education to 34 children. The infant and toddler programs serve 24 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.  

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The Preschool classrooms offer high-quality early childhood education to children ages 31 months to 5 years. The programs serve a total of 32 children with a 1 to 10 ratio in the rooms. The goal of the program is to ensure that every child enters kindergarten with the tools necessary for success. The program 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 activities.

Our center is also fortunate to receive funds from United Way's Read to Succeed program for these classrooms. Funding from Read to Succeed supports our program by providing books, classroom materials, curricula and training for teachers and parent workshops. Both classrooms are enhanced with the addition of listening centers, writing centers, improved reading centers and support for the center library. 


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Both the Preschool 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 the Frog Street Press curriculum. 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.

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The School Age Program offers quality care for up to 49 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; 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.

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CEO Comments

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.

In order to provide this level of programming at an affordable rate for families (based on a sliding-scale), our organization fundraises nearly 65% of our annual operating budget. We rely on the support of individuals, corporations and businesses, grants, and foundations in order to meet this goal. We make it a priority to identify and partner with diverse sources of funding who might offer financial support as well as services for our children and families at discounted rates or no cost.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ben Sellers
Company Affiliation EdgeNet
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Mr. George Armistead Answers by Armistead, LLCVoting
Mr. David Braam Community Health AllianceVoting
Ms. Amanda Brown The Brown Center for AutismVoting
Mr. Wesley Carter DelekVoting
Mr. Tripp Cates HCAVoting
Ms. Renee Chevalier First Tennessee BankVoting
Ms. Courtney Corlew VACOVoting
Mr. Bill Evans Evans GlassVoting
Mr. Shane Fortner Loews Vanderbilt HotelVoting
Mrs. Solvig Gentile North HighlandVoting
Ms. Meggin Grobmyer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Evelyn Hale Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Curtis Harrington Farmer Purcell White & LassiterVoting
Mrs. Brianna Healy Boedecker FoundationVoting
Mr. Jay Levin Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Austin Madison The Crichton GroupVoting
Ms. Lisa McCauley The East NashvillianVoting
Mr. Ben Sellers EntrepreneurVoting
Ms. Costin Shamble State of TennesseeVoting
Mrs. Melanie Shinbaum Fannie Battle Day Home for ChildrenNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 38%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Day Care Center/Nursery School
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments Fannie Battle Day Home for Children is governed by a Board of Director's that oversees, monitors, and makes policy for the organization. The Board President and Executive Director work collaboratively to recruit, orient and support board members through their term of service.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Melanie A Shinbaum
Term Start June 2015

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.

Former CEOs
Ms. Kellie Holland Feb 2000 - Aug 2002
Ms. Sara Longhini Jan 2000 - Jan
Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 500
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 94%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Nov 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2010
Nashville Area Association for Young Children (NAAYC)2007
United Way Member Agency2004
Association of Junior Leagues International2012
Hands On Network2010
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2011
Second Harvest Food Bank2006
3-Star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2009
3-Star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2010
3-Star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2011
3-star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2012
3-star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2013
3-star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2014
3-star on the Star Quality ChildcareTennessee Department of Human Services2015
3-star on the Star Quality ChildcareTN Department of Human Services2016
3-star on the Star Quality Childcare ReportTN Department of Human Services2017
Senior Staff
Title Grants Manager
Experience/Biography Master's in Early Childhood Education. Previous experience in special education and research. Coordinated the LEAPS Program at Fannie Battle for 2011/12.
Title Program Director
Title Assistant Program Director
Title Development Director
Title Business Manager
CEO Comments Fannie Battle is governed by a Board of Director's that oversees, monitors, and makes policy for the Corporation. The Board of Directors guides the organization in implementing the strategic plan, planning for the future, addressing change and challenges, and offering services and in-put.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $1,198,884.00
Projected Expenses $1,198,884.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,233,456$1,093,268$983,730
Total Expenses$1,153,505$1,034,995$1,143,411
Revenue Less Expenses$79,951$58,273($159,681)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$199,920$212,981$174,525
Individual Contributions$411,508$308,987$293,566
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0($3)$8,326
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$121,906$110,644$104,237
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$978,732$866,670$949,546
Administration Expense$109,858$121,272$132,624
Fundraising Expense$64,915$47,053$61,241
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.060.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%7%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,858,704$1,816,574$1,796,434
Current Assets$202,321$130,773$173,649
Long-Term Liabilities$12,000$70,810$96,706
Current Liabilities$44,813$27,200$38,115
Total Net Assets$1,801,891$1,718,564$1,661,613
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.514.814.56
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%4%5%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $500,122Program Revenue $460,659Program Revenue $402,826
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $411,508Contributions, Gifts and Grants $308,987Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $293,566
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $199,920Government Grants $212,981Government Grants $174,525
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Financial documents prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 01/11/2018. 
Nonprofit Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Inc
Address 108 Chapel Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Primary Phone (615) 228-6745
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melanie A Shinbaum
Board Chair Mr. Ben Sellers
Board Chair Company Affiliation EdgeNet
Year of Incorporation 1923

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