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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

Christmas Fannie Pack

Christmas Fannie Pack

By melissa in General on December 4, 2019

From December 8th to December 14th Donut Distillery will be offering a special Christmas Fannie Pack of mini donuts and donating $5 back to Fannie Battle for every pack purchased. Packs retail for $20.

These packs will be filled with 5 different flavors: strawberry, powdered sugar, chocolate with snowflakes, chocolate with festive sprinkles, and vanilla with green sprinkles. These packs are great for gifts for clients, teachers, friends, family, and holiday parties.

Have a large catering order? Donut Distillery will be donating a portion of proceeds back to Fannie Battle, as well!

Visit Donut Distillery at 311 Gallatin Ave. Nashville, TN 37206. For hours and other questions, visit their website at 

Cheers to One Hundred and Three Years!

Cheers to One Hundred and Three Years!

By melissa in General on December 2, 2019

Come celebrate 103 years of Caroling for Kids at this family and pet-friendly event, benefiting Fannie Battle Day Home.

East Nashville Beer Works has an amazing menu with tasty appetizers, delicious pizza, and fresh salads. There are non-alcoholic drink options for the whole family. (And wine and cider for those non-beer drinkers).

Fannie Battle board member, and parent, Curtis will bring his guitar and hopes you will join him in a fun – and definitely hilarious – round of carols from 3p – 3:30p.

If you can’t make it during our gathering stop in the brewery any time as 15% of proceeds from the entire day will be generously donated to our center.

Caroling Open House

Caroling Open House

By melissa in General on November 14, 2019

I had a great time at our 3rd Caroling Open House last week catching up with many of our long-time volunteers, members, and past board members.

We are all really proud of how far Fannie Battle has come and it was a real honor being able to connect with such amazing and passionate people who really helped build many foundations (literally and figuratively) that we continue to stand on today.

The biggest hit, though, Mrs. Aubree’s Holiday Popcorn. I asked her if I could share the recipe and she was more than thrilled to do so (she did want me to add that it is pretty much the easiest thing to make so you shouldn’t have any troubles re-creating this masterpiece).


  • 3 bags of popcorn
  • 1 bag of white Ghiradelli melts (they also have many other colors so have fun with it)
  • Holiday-colored sprinkles
  • 1 bag of holiday M&Ms
  • 1 large bowl

Pop the popcorn and put in the large bowl, melt the bag of chocolate and drizzle on the popcorn, shower the popcorn with as many sprinkles as you’d like, and drop the bag of M&M’s into the bowl. Viola!


Feel free to share your pics making and devouring this delicious treat as I know Mrs. Aubree would be tickled red and green.

– Melissa

News Report: The Childcare Crisis – Why Affordable Childcare Is Out Of Reach For So Many People (Time Magazine Oct. 2019)

News Report: The Childcare Crisis – Why Affordable Childcare Is Out Of Reach For So Many People (Time Magazine Oct. 2019)

By melissa in General on October 29, 2019

“The burden of childcare beleaguers economic growth on two fronts, tamping down the productivity of citizens as well as pushing more of them onto taxpayer-sponsored programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC (benefits for low-income mothers) and TANF (welfare). Cruelly, it’s usually the more impoverished who find it most difficult to afford childcare and thus advance their careers and become more prosperous, further stymieing economic mobility. But perhaps the most damaging punch that unaffordable childcare is dealing to the U.S. economy is its diminishing of future generations. Young Americans are having fewer children—the 2018 birth rate was the lowest in 32 years—and according to a survey conducted by Morning Consult for the New York Times, the expense of childcare is the No. 1 reason.”

Read more about this in-depth coverage of The Childcare Crisis 

Holiday Giving at Fannie Battle

Holiday Giving at Fannie Battle

By melissa in General on October 28, 2019

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are a fun and joyous time here at our center. For many years, local businesses, churches, and individuals have enjoyed spreading holiday cheer by providing gifts and basic needs to our children and families.

As of now, all of our families have been ‘adopted’ out, however there are many other ways to show love and make a difference.

    • Gift Cards. A gift of a gift card for a family or our center is a great way to help during the holiday season. Kroger, Target, Walmart, Dollar General, Amazon, Uber/Lyft, etc.
    • Amazon Wish List. We have curated a robust list of needs for our center that range from arts & crafts supplies to classroom toys and games. Visit our donation page for more info.
    • Donate. A financial gift to Fannie Battle Day Home is a great way to make a significant impact on our families. While all families pay tuition, childcare fees and subsidies account for only 50% of our operating budget – our fundraising efforts allow us to fill the gap between those families receiving a scholarship, through our sliding scale, and those paying full-price. Monetary gifts to our organization are tax-deductible. 
    • Tuition Assistance. The holidays can be a financially difficult time and paying a week or two of tuition can put a strain on a family. Contact Melissa for more info.

If you’re interested in giving or have questions, please contact Melissa McWilliams at or 615.228.6745 x117.

Thank you for your kindness this holiday season.

We are seeking an Executive Director

We are seeking an Executive Director

By melissa in General on October 25, 2019

Fannie Battle is seeking a progressive, energetic, mission-focused individual to serve as its Executive Director. The Executive Director must possess the academic and business qualifications for the position, as well as a passion for Fannie Battle’s mission and early childhood development. Specifically, a minimum of ten years senior nonprofit experience and a college degree in a management, education, or related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Childcare center or early childhood education experience is a plus. Visionary leadership, strong oral and written communication skills, management expertise and the capacity to oversee financial operations are essential, as well as public relations and fundraising experience while working for or with a board of directors.

Our organization began in 1891 when Miss Fannie Battle, a teacher and social worker, saw a need in our community. Children were left alone to roam the streets while their parents went to work. She rented a room in Nashville and began caring for these children by clothing, feeding, educating, and even obtaining much-needed medical attention. Fannie Battle currently maintains a 3-star rating with the State of Tennessee, the highest possible.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants should
submit a letter of interest and a current resume to: Fannie Battle Search Committee
c/o Center for Nonprofit Management

Applicant screening begins October 30, 2019 and continues until the position is filled. Fannie Battle is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2019 Salute to Excellence Finalist

2019 Salute to Excellence Finalist

By melissa in General on October 1, 2019

We are proud to announce that Fannie Battle Day Home has been selected as a 2019 Salute to Excellence Finalist for The Memorial Foundation’s Leadership Award hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Management.

This award recognizes nonprofits that have risen above substantial fiscal problems through effective turnaround management; allowing the organization to better achieve their mission.

Salute to Excellence will be held Thursday, October 2019 at 5:30pm at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
Tickets and tables can be purchased here.

Volunteer With Us

Volunteer With Us

By bhadmin in General on August 12, 2019

Bag Stuffing. Come help put together caroling bags for our groups. We have a lot of bags that need stuffing with Caroling materials and to address appropriately to go out to caroling groups all over Nashville.

When: Monday, October 29, 2018
Where: Fannie Battle Day Home 108 Chapel Ave. | Nashville, TN 37206
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
# of volunteers needed: 10
For questions or to sign up, please contact Melissa McWilliams or 615.228.6745 x117

Gather a Caroling Group.   Create a new Holiday family tradition this year by volunteering to carol (or whatever creative musical endeavors you may choose) for Fannie Battle Day Home’s 102nd Caroling for Kids fundraiser. Caroling for Kids runs from December 1st through the 24th.

We are flexible and will work with your schedule with respect to date/location/and timing. We wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays and thank you for your generosity.

For questions or to sign up please contact us at or 615.228.6745

Angels Needed to Adopt a Fannie Battle Family. Be an angel and help one (or more) of our Fannie Battle families in need this holiday season. Many of our families are living on the edge financially and struggle to cover basic month to month costs.

We have asked our families in need for wish lists to help our Angels provide the family(ies) you chose with enough gifts to give a meaningful Christmas.
For questions or to adopt a family, please contact Melissa McWilliams at or 615.228.6745 x117