Parents’ Perspective: “King’s Daughters is an extension of our family”

img_0623Maeve | Age: 21 months | Parents: Mary and  Jose

Mary: Maeve started in April 2016 when she was 11 months old. I tell everyone about King’s Daughters. What I like the most is the teachers and staff. They made it very clear from the beginning that their job was to love my baby… and I think it is very telling that within a few weeks Maeve didn’t want to leave when I would come to get her. She still gets very excited whenever she sees Ms. Jonda [a teacher in the infant room].

Jose:  We do love King’s Daughters. The people are very kind. They have a wonderful way of teaching them and they really seem to have a lot of interest in kids and a kid-like quality. All of the people are wonderful. We feel comfortable and Maeve loves the affection she gets there.

Mary: We had enrolled Maeve in another program that was closer to our home but from the very beginning it felt very much like a business transaction.  I wasn’t comfortable with it and we decided that it wasn’t going to work… and then a friend of a friend mentioned King’s Daughters. My husband and I looked at it online and were drawn to the educational philosophy for the older kids. I have a background in Montessori, so I love the engagement and learning environment King’s Daughters provides.

Jose: The security they’ve incorporated is really great. Security is quite important to me because, as parents, we can’t be there to protect our babies. They lock the doors and not everyone can just walk in. I’m so happy that there is a check point where they ask questions to see who is coming in. It’s peace of mind to me that I know where my daughter is safe and secure.  From the father’s perspective, from the parents’ perspective, you want your daughters and sons to safe as possible when you can’t be there.

Mary: Maeve really loves to play outside and the kitchen area in the toddler room. I think her favorite thing, however, is getting to play with the slide and toys in the lobby when I bring her in the morning and before we go home. It’s really special one-on-one time she gets with the toys and I love to see her find such joy in the space.

I really love the library. We’re raising Maeve bilingually (Spanish and English), so I love that there are constantly new books in the library in both languages that we can borrow to take home.

Jose: It’s great. It’s not as expensive as many other places. Not long ago I lost my job and we reached out to them. They were so accommodating with what we currently make.

Mary: The thing that really stands out to me, though, is the people and how they truly care for not just the children, but also the families. One morning I was having a hard time leaving Maeve and dealing with a few personal matters. I didn’t say anything to anyone there. Later that morning, Ms. Lee (the infant and toddler program director) called me to check on me. It was so thoughtful. She was the only person who asked me if I was ok that day. I still get misty eyed thinking about it. At this point, I can’t imagine having not introduced Maeve to these women who are now a wonderful extension of our family.

We are participating in a local fundraising tournament to raise funds to open a second toddler room to serve more families like Maeve’s! Check out our Stats Sheet here and get ready to help us make it to the final round! You can make donations during the tournament at www.kdcdc.org or https://nashville.bfg.org/bracket!

Infant/Toddler Adventure and Power Playspace provided by the Predators Foundation

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Pictured from L to R: Gnash, Kristen Laviolette (Predators Foundation Board Member and Wife of Head Coach Peter Laviolette), Rhonda Trumbo (KDCDC Instructional Coach) and Sean Henry (President of the Nashville Predators Foundation and President & CEO Nashville Predators)

In May 2016 we were honored to receive funds from the Nashville Predators Foundation to create an outdoor learning space for our infant and toddler programs. The gift of our Adventure and Power Playspace for our infants and toddlers has allowed us to extend developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to the outdoors. The space encourages children’s innate sense of curiosity, exploration, and adventure as they experience the world and test their bodies’ own powers as they grow.

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We consider outdoor time essential to our success everyday. Many of our children as dropped off before the sun rises and picked up after a long day of work and after the sun has set. We make sure that our children have the opportunity every day to breathe fresh air, enjoy the sunshine, experience cool weather and jump in puddles.

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The grant monies were used to build a gazebo and planting shed, lay a 16 yard concrete track, and purchase  large group stroller, tables and benches, mulch and plants, tiny trikes and shade umbrellas.

We are so grateful to the Nashville Predators Foundation for their commitment to providing amazing outdoor places to explore and play for our youngest children!

This amazing Adventure and Power Playspace is used by our infants and toddlers. Starting Feb 24, we are participating in a local fundraising tournament to raise funds to open a second toddler room! Check out our Stats Sheet here and get ready to help us make it to the final round! You can make donations during the tournament at www.kdcdc.org or https://nashville.bfg.org/bracket!

We need your help! Brackets for Good starts Feb 24

Nashville has a new fundraising tournament in town… and we’re competing in it! Brackets for Good starts on Feb 24 and it’s set up like the college basketball tournaments. For the first round, we’re up against another local non-profit organization. We have to raise more money than them by 8:00p on Friday, Mar 3 to move on to the next round!

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From Brackets for Good: The tournament begins with 64 charities, each paired in a competitive match-up against an opponent. Charities advance through the rounds by rallying enthusiastic donors to scoring more points than their opponent. Every $1 donated through https://bfg.org/ equals 1 point scored for the chosen charity. At the end of each round, the nonprofit with the most points in the individual match-up advances to the next round, the points are reset, and the fundraising continues until a champion is crowned.

At King’s Daughters, we’re busy putting together our donation page ‘Stats Sheet’ on the official tournament site (link below). All funds raised through this tournament will go to outfitting our new Toddler Room.  As you know, we opened an infant room and a toddler room in May. The response has been incredible – families in our community really need high quality, affordable childcare for their little ones! Because our toddler waiting list has been full since we opened the new program, we decided to convert the community room in the Louise Odom Children’s Center into a second toddler room – so we are doubling the number of families we can serve from 8 to 16!

We really need to raise at least $8,000 during this fundraiser – these monies raised will replenish the money we are beginning to outlay as we order supplies to get our new toddler room ready to open.

Here’s a link to How to Donate questions through the website. We found out last week that we CAN ACCEPT checks during this fundraiser!  This is excellent news!  If you know of a business or individual that would like to help in this way but can not use a credit card to make an online donation – please let them know we now can accept this form of payment – we will get you the details of how this works.
If you follow this link https://nashville.bfg.org/bracket you can see the brackets and which organization we are paired against in the first round. We will need all hands on deck to get us past this first round!  WE WANT TO GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND!  This will be social media driven so we will depend upon you to spread the word via facebook, twitter, and email!
As always, thank you for your support. More to come – but start the pregame warm up now!

Take a breath, get what you need: our Parent Rooms

We love every child who walks through our doors, and we love the people who bring them to us. We have two Parent Rooms at King’s Daughters – spaces where families can get a cup of coffee on their way to work or catch a breath after a long day and commute before picking up their child.

img_0366We keep the rooms stocked with complimentary K-cups for our coffee maker, ice water, and sometimes goodies our chef, Ms. Bianca, bakes on site.

img_0363Every week, we’re so grateful to Miller’s Florist on Old Hickory Blvd, as they deliver fresh arrangements and often snacks for our families to enjoy or grab for the ride home.

millers-floristWe also provide a space for donations of material goods like clothing, home decor, toys, canned goods, etc. Families are welcome to look through the items and take home whatever they need.

img_0367The rooms also hold information for families such as Safe Sleep tips, crisis hotlines, and other resources.

img_0361They are warm, welcoming places, and we’re so glad to be able to offer the spaces to our parents. We’re always accepting donations if you feel moved to support our families!

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