Water Play Day – A Summertime Treat!

Friday was our first weekly Water Play Day of the summer. The children (and teachers!) were all so happy and engaged in wet, wonderful play. Bubbles, ice blocks the children had made previously out of milk cartons and containers, scrub-a-dub-dub tubs, boating, blocks, and of course sprinklers and hoses. Enjoy these joyful pictures from the day!

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Meet Our Team: Ms. Jamie

ms jamieMeet Ms. Jaime in the Young Explorers’ (2.5-3.5 year old) classroom! Her teaching partner says that Jamie is a joy to work with – and that everyone should hear her read aloud voice. “It’s the best!”

Jamie, what is one of your favorite moments from working with the children? 

One little girl is really interested in learning to write letters. She asks me to show her how to write a specific letter and then she tries to do it. Her determination and excitement excites me!

What is your favorite time of the day at the center? 

When I first arrive in the morning, the children all run up to me and give me a hug, show me their hair, or what’s on their shirt – just their excitement about life makes me happy!

What are some of your favorite things about King’s Daughters?

I have worked in the childcare field for 12 years and I’ve been at the center for almost six months. This is my favorite experience. I love the environment and all the little things KDCDC does for the children and their families. I love working here because I really do feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of these children.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at King’s Daughters? 

When I’m not at KDCDC, I am usually hanging out with my husband and daughter, Ariella. We love going to the park and being outside or sitting at home playing. Family time is really important to us and I take advantage of every moment I get to spend with them!

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Sneak peek: Auction items 2017 (Fashion, Relaxation, and Wellness!)

We can’t wait for our 2017 Fashion Show & Silent Auction on May 20… here’s a sneak peak of some of the wonderful items our committee has gathered. To buy tickets, please call the center: 615-865-5164. 

Fashion, Relaxation, and Wellness Sneak Peak

Treat yourself or that special lady in your life to a new piece of jewelry or deck the little man in your life out in a sharp outfit!

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Also, as many of you know, our Director, Candyee Goode, has had the opportunity to travel to Italy this summer and attend the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre to study the implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach. While there, she found a silver, rose ring crafted by Giuliano Ricchi.  He makes jewelry and designs for Christian Dior, Neiman Marcus, Marshall Fields in Chicago, and also for European Royalty.  Candyee was able to meet him and watch him demonstrate his craft.  You can find out more about his work here:   http://www.thebestofitalia.com/giuliano-ricchi/

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We also have several items to help promote self-care this summer. Grab a new fitbit and challenge a friend to a step-off, then indulge yourself with a little self-love with a trip to the spa or a new yoga mat or tennis racket!

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spa and fashion.jpgAnd…. what about a trip to the BEACH?!? Three night stay on the beach at 30A is calling your name….

IMG_3922Maybe you could take a bottle of Arrington Vineyards Red Fox Red with you… or just keep the bottle in your collection! Signed by Kix Brooks!

IMG_3927.JPGBidding starts at 11:15 on May 20 – get your tickets today! Call 615-865-5164.  Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of Adventure and Attractions, Golfer’s Delight, Happy Hostess items, and more!

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Sneak peek: Auction items 2017 (Golfer’s Delight!)

We can’t wait for our 2017 Fashion Show & Silent Auction on May 20… here’s a sneak peak of some of the wonderful items our committee has gathered. To buy tickets, please call the center: 615-865-5164. 

Golfer’s Delight Sneak Peak

Grab three friends, your bag of clubs, and head out for a day on the course or get a whole year’s membership! Pick your favorite local course or try all them with your new driver. the greens are calling your name….

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Bidding starts at 11:15 on May 20 – get your tickets today! Call 615-865-5164.  Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of Adventure and Attractions, Happy Hostess items, Health and Wellness, Jewelry, Clothing, Spa certificates and more!

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NAEYC – Week of the Young Child!

This week we celebrated the NAEYC Week of the Young Child by enjoying some special
events. We had special music and movement time with Ms.Julie. We
also had a wonderful visit from Mobley’s Veterinarians including Dr.
Parsons, Ms. Rachel and our favorite new friend “Pete” the dog.

We then enjoyed “Fun Friday” with some outside fun. We created some
“Street Art” that was inspired from the artists in Florence, Italy and
had Popsicle party! The truth is we celebrate the young child every day at
KDCDC!!

May 20 – You’re invited… and a very special guest will be joining us!

Please join us for our 23rd annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction on May 20. All funds raised benefit the programs serving our wonderful children and families.  We are humbled and honored to welcome Mayor Megan Barry as our Honorary Chairman and grateful for her support of our program and our community’s families in need.

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You can read about silent auction items here and the work of our amazing volunteer committee here. 

We can’t wait to see you at the beautiful Old Hickory Country Club on May 20.  Contact the center today to reserve your tickets!

 

Sneak peek: Auction items 2017 (Happy Hostess!)

We can’t wait for our 2017 Fashion Show & Silent Auction on May 20… here’s a sneak peak of some of the wonderful items our committee has gathered. To buy tickets, please call the center: 615-865-5164. 

Happy Hostess Sneak Peak

Great wine, beautiful decor, a margarita set – everything you need to host a lovely dinner with loved ones this summer!

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Bidding starts at 11:15 on May 20 – get your tickets today! Call 615-865-5164.  Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of Adventure and Attractions, Golfer’s Delight, Health and Wellness, Jewelry, Clothing, Spa certificates and more!

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“We owe it all to King’s Daughters”: A mother’s perspective

Inevitably, the precious faces and souls we love leave our arms and head to Kindergarten and beyond. We were delighted to hear from a mother from one of our past children, Danny Harp, and asked her what she remembers and appreciated about King’s Daughters. Here’s what Amy told us, edited slightly for length and clarity. We’re thrilled to hear her perspective and the impact she believes King’s Daughters had on Danny’s life.

IMG_3436From Amy: My son, Danny Harp, went to King’s Daughters around 2000. He started shortly after he turned 2 and stayed there until he went to Kindergarten.

I was kind of leery at first about sending him. He didn’t need to go. I worked the day shift during the week days and his dad worked weekends, so his dad was able to be home with him. But his cousins had been there about four years before Danny started and they loved it. And, I thought, he’s an only child and he needs other children around him. He needs that kind of environment we can’t give him.

IMG_3435Me and his dad were both high school drop outs – but his dad got his GED in ’98 and I got mine in 2010. But we weren’t able to give him all the stuff he needed to know. We needed help and we felt like he needed to be with other children. We started him at a different childcare provider but were not happy with his care. It was just like they were babysitting him and we were paying a lot for it.

With King’s Daughters, they go by income, so for us, that was $60/week. So we said, let’s just see.

IMG_3434It was the best decision. He was so above where he needed to be in Kindergarten and we owe it all to King’s Daughters. I mean, we did our part, but it was incredible. His teachers, in every class as he moved up in age, were amazing. He I’m still friends with one of his teachers on facebook.

I would volunteer in the classroom sometimes and what we saw when we were there was exactly the same when we left. Their programs were amazing – Easter, Christmas – I remember Lowe’s bringing the kids $5 gift cards. It meant so much, those little things that were over and above what we expected.

IMG_3432Danny learned so much there. Sharing toys with other children, just so much. He took it all in. He ended up being so beyond prepared for Kindergarten, but he wasn’t that way when he first got there. He did not want to be there, but they worked with him. I remember him taking a picture of me and his daddy to put on his cubby to help while we were gone.

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Interacting with the high school students from Good Pasture – one of Danny’s favorite memories!

 

I remember some highschool students from Good Pasture came to the pre-K class he was in to play with the kids and Danny really like the older students. They were so good with kids, especially the way they interacted with them. One time they made t-shirts with painted handprints and then went for a field trip to somewhere like the community center – they were doing stuff all the time like, providing great experiences for the kids. Danny says one thing remembers as his favorite times is going to the Old Hickory branch library and having puppet time.

Danny is in his first year of college now – he’s studying Public Relations and Strategic  Communications but might switch to Urban Development.  He’s always been above, he never went back – and I think it all started right there at King’s Daughters.

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