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Our mission is to provide affordable, high-quality childcare for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential.
Founded 125 years ago, by Miss Fannie Battle, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children is the oldest child care center in Middle Tennessee. Miss Battle was a woman of great vision and dedication who saw a need and, against substantial odds, met it. Miss Battle realized that unsupervised children were roaming the streets of Nashville while their parents worked and, as a result, rented a room and began caring for children. Her determination led to the creation of the Day Home.
We serve families facing economic and educational hardships. 90 percent of our children are from poverty level or low-income families; 31 percent live in public housing; 79 percent are from single-parent homes; 81 percent qualify for free/reduced meals; and 87 percent are minorities. Our program offers full-time, year-round, high-quality early childhood education, Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with Infant, Toddler, 2’s, Preschool, Pre-K, and School-Age Programs for 130 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income and families are required to be working or attending school.