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Ted Maple PH D Day Nursery Assocation 2013The board of directors of Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Maple, Ph.D. as the President and CEO. He will succeed Carolyn M. Dederer who will retire August 2 after 15 years with the organization.

Maple comes to Day Nursery from United Way of Central Indiana where he led United Way’s education priority with a focus on early childhood and school-age initiatives.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Indianapolis, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Butler University and his Ph.D., in, Early Childhood Education from Ball State University.

He began his career in education as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Pike Township. Following his time in the public schools, he served as Director of the Early Childhood Program at St. Mary’s Child Center where he led the nationally-accredited early childhood program for 200 at-risk preschoolers at two locations in Indianapolis. In 2005, Maple’s career in early childhood took a different turn, when he was selected as United Way’s Director of Success By 6. In this role, over more than eight years, he crafted United Way’s early childhood agenda that included programs, policy advocacy and community engagement. In 2012, he was promoted to Director of Education to oversee United Way’s two education priorities:  children entering school ready to learn, and performing on grade level by sixth grade.

He lives with his wife and three children on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

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Thought you might enjoy seeing these fun pictures from the Day Nursery Association’s LEAP into ART fundraiser with Arts for Learning.  It was a first time partnership for these two groups and everyone who attended had a blast.  Work is underway to schedule a date for next year.  Proceeds from the May 18 event support arts programming in Day Nursery centers. Thanks to those who came out to “Be A Child Again” and also to those who couldn’t attend but made a donation. We spotted a few familiar Auxiliary faces in the crowd.

Sandy and Steve McCuen

Sandy and Steve McCuen

Kathy Wall and friend

Kathy Wall and friend

Sally & Bob Anderson

Sally & Bob Anderson

Jenny Rosebrock & sister

Jenny Rosebrock & sister

Carolyn Dederer, Sally Anderson, Louise Collet, & JoAnne Rutledge

Carolyn Dederer, Sally Anderson, Louise Collet, & JoAnne Rutledge

The McCuens and Carolyn Cook join a drum circle

The McCuens & Carolyn Cook take a lesson from teaching artist Lawrence Clark

Melanie Esselman

Melanie Esselman

JoAnne and Mark Rutledge

JoAnne and Mark Rutledge

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Copy of IMG_0986The Day Nursery Association hosted a Presidents Day event at the Indiana History Center today to honor past presidents of the Association, Foundation and Auxiliary boards. Ten of our presidents were represented at the mid- morning get together. The group was entertained by the four-year-olds of the Day Nursery Indiana State Government Center across the street from the History Center. Auxiliary presidents  in attendance  were Rosie Tanner (President 1984-85), Louise Collet (1992-93), Judy Pearce (1995-1996 and President Elect for 2013-14), Sally Anderson (1997-98), Susan Davis (2006-07), Joan Lyday and Spencer Scott (co-Presidents 2010-11), Bernice Hopp and Kathy Wall (co-Presidents 2011-12) and current president Melanie Esselman.

Joan Lyday, Melanie Esselman, Spencer Scott and Kathy Wall

Joan Lyday, Melanie Esselman, Spencer Scott and Kathy Wall

Day Nursery teacher Tim Tegarden talks to his class about Abraham Lincoln following their Presidents Day program for the guests.

Day Nursery teacher Tim Tegarden talks to his class about Abraham Lincoln following their Presidents Day program for the guests.

Bernice Hopp and Rosie Tanner

Bernice Hopp and Rosie Tanner

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The Day Nursery Association launched a new Breakfast With Santa event this year.  Last week’s breakfast was held at the Day Nursery Clarian Center, 2140 Boulevard Place.  Santa wants to send a big thank you to Auxiliary member Pam Hannah for volunteering to help out with the crafts.  Look for pictures of more Auxiliary volunteers from our next event which is scheduled for December 18 at the Day Nursery Northwest Center, 5735 W. 73rd Street.

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Click on the “video” tab at the top of our page to see the new video from the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis.

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Spencer Scott (in white) and Joan Feeney (right with back to camera) get a briefing on how the event will be run from Butler professor Angela Lupton.

Spencer Scott (in white) and Joan Feeney (right with back to camera) get a briefing on how the event will be run from Butler professor Angela Lupton.

Five teams of college students raced down Hampton Avenue Saturday morning under sunny skies in the inaugural Butler University Crib Race presented by Kappa Delta Pi International Educational Honor Society, the College of Education Student Education Association and the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis. Day Nursery Auxiliary members Joan Feeney, Spencer Scott and president-elect Shirley Romine were on hand to select the “Most Beautiful Baby” and the “Best Dressed Team” during the event. Joan’s daughter, Kay Feeney-Caito also assisted in judging the event.

The event, to celebrate The Week of the Young Child and Day Nursery’s 110th anniversary was covered in the media by WRTV6 News and the Indianapolis Star.  The Star posted its pictures on-line.  You can see the Star’s photos here.
  

The judges work to come to a consensus during the contest to determine the "Best Dressed Baby."

The judges work to come to a consensus during the contest to determine the "Best Dressed Baby."

The Butler "babies" line up to be judged.  The judges determined that the "baby" from the Kappa Delta Pi representing the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center (far left) was the winner.

The Butler "babies" line up to be judged. The judges determined that the "baby" from the Kappa Delta Pi representing the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center (far left) was the winner.

Photographer Danese Kenon from the Indianapolis Star captures the Phi Psi team in the lead of their heat race.

Photographer Danese Kenon from the Indianapolis Star captures the Phi Psi team in the lead of their heat race.

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crib-race-2009-bring-it-on-babyCostumed teams of Butler University students will blow off end-of-semester steam by racing customized baby cribs on Hampton Drive Saturday, April 25.

 

Free and open to the public, the first-time Crib Race is co-sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi International Educational Honor Society, the College of Education Student Education Association and the Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis.

 

Activities start at 10:30 a.m. in front of Schwitzer Residence Hall, 750 W. Hampton Drive, with a parade of participants to determine the “Most Beautiful Baby” (crib rider) and best-dressed race team.

 

Contenders will then compete in heat races of two teams each. Four student runners will push each crib, with a fifth student riding inside. The 5-foot-high stainless steel beds, weighing approximately 175 pounds each, were donated for the race by Clarian Health Partners.

 

Day Nursery staffers retrofitted the cribs with larger rubber tires for better stability during the competition.

 

The race celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Day Nursery Association and caps off the National Week of the Young Child observance

 

“Seeing today’s university students race in baby cribs seemed a fun way to reflect on how far Day Nursery has come in its more than a century of offering quality child care in Indianapolis,” said Day Nursery Executive Director Carolyn Dederer. Indiana’s oldest child care provider, Day Nursery Association is one of the few non-profit child care agencies in the metropolitan area.

 

“The Crib Race also points to the long association between Day Nursery and Butler University’s College of Education. We both strongly champion the benefit of early childhood education, and COE has helped educate many of our graduates and our current teachers,” Dederer said.

 

KDP president Ruthie Leeth said teams will earn points toward championship trophies by collecting new and gently used children’s books for Day Nursery’s seven sites. Books will be counted prior to the race. Spectators can drop off children’s books in a public collection box on race day.

 

Jennifer Eakins, who attended Day Nursery as a preschooler and is now a 500 Festival Princess, will serve as one of the race judges, along with three Day Nursery Auxiliary volunteers.

 

For more information on the Butler Crib Race, call Cindy Smith, (317) 940-8464. to learn more about Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, call (317) 636-9197 or visit www.daynursery.org.

 

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