Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and Black History Month
Given how much February brings us, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, leaving us unable to focus on the importance of these holidays, or to remember their true purpose and the legacies that inspired them: St. Valentine, a Christian martyr and the legacy of love that he passed on, President’s Day – an opportunity to honor the leadership of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln through their February birthdays, and Black History Month, a time to raise and reinforce our collective consciousness and to acknowledge the contributions that African Americans have made to the world.
It is mindboggling that so much can be packed into the shortest month of the year, nonetheless, we hope that you were able to take some time and reflect on all that February brings.
The New Rochelle Day Nursery (NRDN) is a private not-for-profit day care center. The first nursery in the State of New York to be licensed (1905), NRDN is also the oldest social service agency still in existence in Westchester County.
The New Rochelle Day Nursery was founded in 1895.
NRDN has remained committed to providing quality day care at affordable rates that are well below those of similar programs in the region. It further provides access to families who would not otherwise be able to afford day care through subsidized tuition, available by applying to the Department of Social Services (information provided in For Parents page). In addition to the full tuition that many of our parents pay, government subsidies and fundraising enable us to create a learning environment for children that lays the foundation for becoming well-rounded adults.
The New Rochelle Day Nursery serves children aged 18 months through 5 years in eight spacious, well-equipped, air-conditioned classrooms. It is housed in a state of the art building that was designed specifically for early childhood education and that is dedicated to this purpose.
Each classroom is managed by a teacher and teacher assistant and contains books, software, teaching manipulatives and toys, as well as cots for naptime.
In addition to its large indoor space, the Nursery provides age appropriate equipment in a secure outdoor playground with covered porch that allows for outside play even in inclement weather.
A chef and chef assistant provide a healthy breakfast, hot lunch and afternoon snack in a professionally designed cafeteria where family style dining and social skills are modeled.
The hours of operation are weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 51 weeks a year. The Nursery is closed the last week of August.
The Board of Directors is composed of community members who are elected for specific terms and who serve uncompensated. The Board of Directors oversees all of NRDN's business and affairs.
The Executive Director oversees the educational program and the safety of the classroom environment, as well as oversees all fundraising activities. In addition, the ED supervises staff and works closely with the Board of Directors.
The Assistant Director is certified in early childhood education and assists the Executive Director in overseeing the teaching staff and classroom management.
Teachers certified in early childhood education and teacher assistants provide an enriching educational experience in a supportive environment.
The Administrative Assistant supports NRDN in the daily operation of the Nursery.
Chef and Chef Assistant prepare and serve a varied menu that includes breakfast, a hot lunch and a healthy snack that are all approved by a dietician according to New York State nutritional guidelines.
Parents are encouraged to join us in special events, volunteer, engage in on-site parent group meetings, or to just come by and say hello.