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Every wonder why the Day Nursery Auxiliary is so loyal in supporting Day Nursery’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)?  Next to requests for infant care (there’s a waiting list), tuition assistance is the fastest growing need from parents.

Perhaps comments from Day Nursery’s annual parent survey will make you feel as proud of our efforts as I felt when I read the results:

A State Government Center parent said: “The Day Nursery tuition assistance is a blessing for me and my daughter. She is highly intelligent and seeks challenges. But I am a full-time student and without the assistance wouldn’t be able to afford to put her in such a stimulating environment.”

From a Northwest Center parent: “There is no way we would be able to attend such an amazing daycare! We would be at a hole-in-the-wall daycare, and I would worry about my kids all day long. The tuition assistance is such a blessing, and I am so thankful for it.”

From a Ruth A. Lilly Center parent: “My 3-year old really loves Spanish which she began in the 2 year-old classroom. She can count to 15 in Spanish, knows most body parts in Spanish, and is almost writing her full first name with all letters in order! My one year old is talking more and doing sign language. She is also eating better since starting at Day Nursery.”

From an IU Health Center parent: “My son knows more nursery rhymes than I do and can sing them all the way through. I am taken when we talk at night to learn what he has been taught throughout his day. Often in the car he will surprise me with something (like counting to 20).”

From an Avon Center parent: “My two-year-old has developed excellent language skills, knows her colors, and recognizes letters. She’s been going to Day Nursery since she was 6 months old and has learned an amazing amount there vs. at home.”

Together—we can all stand a little taller knowing that we are helping to care for and educate some of the youngest children in our community.

—  Kathryn Wall, Past Auxiliary Co-president

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Thanks to the generosity of United Way of Central Indiana, we are able to have computer “tablets” in each of our classrooms.  They are another tool the teachers can use to bring educational opportunities into their young students. Here’s a picture from the infant room at Day Nursery Start Smart 4 Children at Ft. Harrison.  These children are exploring colors and shapes through an art program.

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In 2011, holders of IRAs who are at least 70½ years old can contribute up to $100,000 directly to a charity. Instead of withdrawing your minimum distribution from your IRA, you can have funds distributed directly to Day Nursery. This is a great way to make a generous gift to help the children and families of Day Nursery. This contribution will qualify as part or all of your IRA’s required minimum distribution. This kind of gift to Day Nursery has so many benefits including tax savings for you. Traditionally, distributions from an IRA are taxed as regular income. However, if you gift these funds directly to Day Nursery, you will not be required to pay income tax on the distribution. Please talk to your financial advisor right away to see if you qualify. If you have additional questions, please contact Beth Rodriguez, Director of Development, at (317)636-9197, ext. 240 or brodriguez@daynursery.org.

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