Here’s a breakdown of how your donation can help:
$15 - A week's worth of breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks/day for one child.
$20 - Purchases crayons, markers, and paper for one child/year.
$25 - Provides one child with a week's worth of diapers and wipes.
$75 - Provides training for a staff member in CPR and Pediatric First Aide.
$225 - Daycare for one child for a week.
$300 - Pays for detergent, softener, and all laundry fees for the center.
$375 - The above CPR training for 5 staff members.
$500 - Snow and Ice removal from our sidewalks and emergency exits.
$750 - Purchases two sand and water tables for the children
$1,250 - Pays for one month of heat and electricity in our building.
$1,500 - Purchases crayons, markers, and paper for all of our children
$2,500 - Gas and maintenance for our bus for one year.
$3,000 - Purchases the Creative Curriculum for early childhood education.
$11,000 - Provides daycare for one child for a full year.
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The SDN Family would like to extend our sincere thanks to Mike and Gail Hinckley and the employees of their transportation software company, busHive, for their generous personal and corporate donation, in support of our mission to provide quality childcare and pre-school education at an affordable price to the families that we serve. Thank you for your recent tour of the Nursery, for engaging our students, and for investing in our children's future.
The Schenectady Foundation is there for community agencies in good times and in bad, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health and, of course, through fires and floods.
For the Schenectady Day Nursery, the challenges of keeping children and staffers safe during the early months of the COVID pandemic without a vaccine in sight was daunting enough. But when Diane Fisher came to work on the first Monday in October, 2020 to see items floating in the hallway, it was devastating.
"A water supply hose to a toilet in the children's bathroom on the third floor broke away from the toilet," Fisher said. "Water poured out over the weekend, causing significant damage to the floors below."
The nursery, which typically serves 75 children from infants through pre-Kindergarten, had to close for repairs. The foundation stepped in to provide $70,000 toward repairs and the Day Nursery was able to leverage an additional $45,000 in donations.
A classroom at the 25 Lafayette St. above shows new lighting and flooring. The extent of the October 2020 damage is shown below, with repair work as well, and with Diane Fisher in late February 2022 at right below. The project also replaced outdated lights with more efficient LED lighting, upgraded a new security system, installed new flooring throughout the building and provided a face lift to the paint. A large hallway mural below, featuring Winnie the Pooh characters interacting with toddlers from the nursery, escaped any water damage.
The Schenectady Foundation was established in 1963 to benefit the people who live and work in Schenectady County, NY. To date they have invested more than $27.5 million into our communities, and plan to commit nearly $1.9 million in grants and scholarships in 2022.
We are grateful to once again receive support from
the Stewart's Shops Holiday Match program.
The 2021-2022 Holiday Match program raised over $2 million for local children’s organizations! From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated over $1 million to the program. Each individual donation is matched penny for penny by Stewart’s Shops. There are no administrative costs and 100% of the funds benefit local, non-profit children’s organizations.
We want to extend a tremendous and heartfelt thank you to The Schenectady Foundation.
After four painfully long months being closed in 2020 due to Covid-19, the nursery was able to reopen in July. However, in October our building flooded with damage to all three floors. The cost of the repair was over $200,000 and caused an additional closure of the nursery. A grant awarded in the amount of $70,000 from the Schenectady Foundation has given us the opportunity to continue to serve the children, families and community we have since 1902. We are grateful for their continued investment in our future here at the nursery.