Category: General

‘Tis the season to be jolly

‘Tis the season to be jolly

By melissa in General on November 18, 2020


Caroling for Kids has long been a vital part of our fundraising efforts. It is through our volunteer caroling groups, who raised over $32,000 in 2019, as well as individuals donors and corporate sponsors, that we are able to keep tuition rates low for working families. This even has been a treasured Nashville tradition since 1916 and we’re determined to keep the tradition rolling: 2020 has gone online.

There are 3 WAYS you can join in the fun and make a giant impact this holiday season:







For more information, visit


We’re back!

By melissa in General on June 10, 2020

On Monday, June 1st, we re-opened the center and had a total of 20 children arrive on the first day! As the week progressed, more children began to return. It is definitely different around here: parents drop off and pick up children outside at the front door, all temperatures are taken, hands are immediately washed, staff is equipped with masks, but we were all so excited to see our children and families and get back to learning and playing.

As more businesses open and numbers remain relatively low, we expect to see more friends re-join us.





A few center updates:

  • Our volunteer program has been temporarily suspended as we continue to minimize the potential exposures. We are working on creating virtual opportunities, as well as limited in-person experiences. If you’d like more info, please fill out our volunteer form.
  • We are temporarily not accepting in-person donations of used items. Should you wish to donate an item in-kind visit our Amazon Wishlist.

Stay healthy and safe!

A statement from all of us at Fannie Battle

A statement from all of us at Fannie Battle

By melissa in General on June 5, 2020


We understand that it’s a difficult and overwhelming time for children as they are trying to process what is happening and it can be difficult for adults to respond. We  would like to share with you some valuable resources that can hopefully help with these discussions.  


The 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.


At-Home Learning: PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Download this week’s schedule. George Floyd’s final words struck deep in Lonnae O’Neal’s mother’s heart.Floyd’s call out for his mother made the senior writer at …


A school counselor and a children’s book author offer advice for talking to children about racism and George Floyd. By Marie Tae McDermott By Marie Tae McDermott Credit…Christian Robinson, an …


Welcome Kristie P. Ryan, CFRE as our new Executive Director

Welcome Kristie P. Ryan, CFRE as our new Executive Director

By melissa in General on April 13, 2020

Fannie Battle Day Home’s board of directors announced that they have appointed Kristie P. Ryan, CFRE, as Executive Director. She will take helm of the model childcare organization dedicated to providing accessible and affordable high-quality early education.

“The board is very excited to welcome Kristie to our Fannie Battle family and feel that her experience, leadership, and passion are ideal to lead us into the next chapter of our organization,” Solvig Gentile, board president, said.

Ryan has served nearly 30 years in non-profit development and management, garnering a depth of knowledge across her profession. Her experience ranges from community-based social service agencies, local and national health-related organizations, and her sorority’s foundation. She follows the Day Home’s previous Executive Director, Melanie Shinbaum, who left the organization in November for a new professional challenge as Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Community House.

“I am so honored to have been selected as the Executive Director of Fannie Battle Day Home,” said Ryan. “Fannie Battle’s long and revered reputation in the Nashville community is a tribute to everyone who has played a role in its history to ensure that families have access to high-quality, affordable care.”

Ryan was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1999 and has continuously maintained the designation since. Additionally, she received a non-profit management certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she has served in various roles including Nashville Chapter President.  She greatly values her own involvement as a volunteer with various Nashville area organizations having previously served with Nurses for Newborns, Boy Scouts – Troop 86, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Hillcrest UMC, and Brentwood High School, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University.

FBDH Staff Happenings

FBDH Staff Happenings

By melissa in General on April 2, 2020

It has now been over two weeks since we saw you and your children; we want you to know that we miss you and look forward to your return. We thought we would share some updates on what everyone here at Fannie Battle has been up to while we have been away:

  • Staff: Although we were not able to have our staff in-service day on March 27th, our teachers have been busy completing training requirements through online training opportunities Ms. Tara and Ms. Stacie have been in constant communication with teachers to help with these training, as well as get their feedback.
  • Program & Business: Ms. Stacie has continued working through all of the day-to-day business matters that occur even through closure.
  • Development & Grants: Ms. Melissa has been working with the development committee to create and implement an altered fundraising plan to help generate additional income, as well as Ms. Katherine who is staying-up-to-date on newly released grant opportunities for us to request funds for lost income during this time.
  • Board Leadership: Our board of directors and committees continue to meet via Zoom to ensure smooth operation and plan for days ahead.

    Please feel free to reach out to Stacie at any time for questions, comments, concerns. Best wishes; stay safe and be healthy.

Resources for individuals affected by COVID-19

Resources for individuals affected by COVID-19

By melissa in General on March 30, 2020

Financial Aid – TN Dept of Human Services

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  Beginning 10 A.M. CST Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying, online, for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic.

Visit TN DEPARTMENT HUMAN SERVICES for the application and more info.


COVID-19 Response Fund (United Way of Greater Nashville)

COVID-19 continues to impact our entire region. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their jobs, seen reductions in hours or are experiencing loss of income due to closed establishments or canceled events. Here are SOME RESOURCES that are available right now.


( (Federal Coronavirus Aid Package, passed Friday, March 27, 2020)

* Direct payment of $1,200 to individuals, $2,400 for married couples, plus an additional $500 per child. Payments available to individuals with an income of up to $75,000 and $150,000 for married couples.
* Provides $250 billion for an extended unemployment insurance program and expands eligibility and offers workers and additional $600 per week for four months, on top of what state programs pay.
* All testing and potential vaccines for COVID-19 will be covered at no cost to patients.


COVID-19 Closure Update

COVID-19 Closure Update

By melissa in General on March 18, 2020

These are definitely concerning and overwhelming times for all of us, especially following the recent devastation left by the tornado.

Given recent recommendations by our Governor, the CDC, and Metro Health Department, and to ensure our staff and families’ health and well-being, our board has elected to close our center effective Wednesday, March 18th through Friday March 27th.

UPDATE 3/26/2020: In a continued effort to ensure everyone’s safety and health, we will remain closed until Friday, April 3rd. 

UPDATE 4/2/2020: We will remain closed until Friday, April 10th.

UPDATE 4/9/2020: We will remain closed until Friday, April 17th.

UPDATE 5/8/2020: We will remain closed until Friday, May 15th.

We will be carefully monitoring the ever-evolving situation to determine if continued closure is necessary. We will be in contact towards the end of the week with those updates. The health, well-being, and safety of our staff, children, and families is of the utmost importance and we thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Stacie, Program Director, at

Update on our 8th Annual Yum!East

Update on our 8th Annual Yum!East

By melissa in General on March 13, 2020

Hello, friends. Much has happened in our community and we wanted to give you an update on where we’re at with Yum!East 2020. After talking with a few of our participants, they felt it best for the community to have this party.

“East-siders are a tough little tribe and will remind everyone what ‘normal feels like.”
“Everyone is looking for ways to support the community…I think it would be a way to get together and have fun.”

We couldn’t agree more and are currently moving forward with making this year’s Yum! a celebration that

showcases “we are tougher than this!”


That said, we are also very well aware of the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. Many events and venues have been cancelled as to lessen the spread and burden on our medical community and resources. Our board will be making a determination of whether or not to cancel, based on CDC and the Metro Department of Health Services’s advice, on or before March 31st.

We here at Fannie Battle hope for the best, but ultimately the safety of our community is the most important matter. #eastnashvillestrong

Update on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19

By melissa in General on March 13, 2020


To our Fannie Battle families:

Our administration and board want to assure you that we have the health of our children, families, and staff is of the utmost importance in our policies and daily practices. Please refer to our family handbook, page 17, to review guidelines regarding children who have symptoms of illness. At our center, our guidelines regarding healthy safety extend to daily routines, such as meal service, diapering and toileting, and cleaning and sanitizing classroom furnishings and materials.

All indications from the Centers for Disease Control assure us that healthy children are less likely to be vulnerable to COVID-19. However, if circumstances warrant additional action, we will inform you immediately. We encourage you to help us ensure the health of our of children, families, and staff by following the steps provided by the CDC to prevent the spread. Should you you or any of your family members show symptoms of COVID-19, please immediately notify us.

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to our administration should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your assistance and understanding during this very unsettling time for us all.

Happy Holidays from our Interim Executive Director

By melissa in General on December 13, 2019

Greetings to the Fannie Battle Board of Directors, Families, Staff, and Community Supporters


An important Fannie Battle tradition, Caroling for Kids, happens during the month of December when there is an outpouring of community spirit and generosity. This event began over 100 years ago when Miss Fannie Battle struggled to generate adequate funding to keep the day home open. Caroling for Kids remains one of our most vital pieces to our fundraising efforts. As caroling groups are formed, going door-to-door throughout our city, a new awareness of Fannie Battle’s existence, mission, and services is created.

As a child with older siblings, I could hardly wait until I was old enough to join Christmas Eve caroling in our neighborhood. Each year the neighbors looked forward to the carolers and greeted us warmly. Afterward, we gathered for hot chocolate in the warmth of our church basement. I believe that Fannie Battle continues to provide that kind of warmth and security to our families. This experience of my formative years has had a lasting place in my heart and led me eventually to discover other ways to be involved with Fannie Battle.

After my retirement from an Early Childhood Education career of 30+ years, I became more actively invested with Fannie Battle as an advisor, volunteer, member of the Board of Directors, and currently serve as Interim Executive Director.  There are many challenges and benefits that come each day as we work to fulfill our mission of service. Watching the expressions of joy and anticipation on the faces of the children as they enter each day; observing staff as they work to nurture, comfort and motivate our children; and knowing that families leave their children with us each morning with confidence that they will be kept safe while away at work or school is one of the most rewarding parts of this new role.

It is heartwarming to observe the outpouring of love and generosity that comes from many businesses, individuals, and organizations in our community – including volunteers that show up to help in the day-to-day events of our program. I especially appreciate those who participate in Fannie Battle’s holiday festivities through helping our staff provide food, gifts, cheer, and volunteer assistance during our holiday events.

My wish for each of you is that you and your family will experience love, peace, joy, and good health throughout the holiday season.

Holiday blessings,

Evelyn Hale
Fannie Battle Interim Executive Director