Mission and Service

Created in 1891 by Miss Fannie Battle, the 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. Today, our mission is to continue the tradition established in 1891 by our founder, Miss Fannie Battle: to provide affordable, high-quality child care for at-risk children in a nurturing environment, while empowering families to reach their potential.

For 125 years, we have served families facing economic and educational hardships. 90% of our children are from poverty level or low-income families; 31% live in public housing; 79% are from single-parent homes; 94% qualify for free/reduced meals; and 86% are minorities. Families are required to be working and/or in school. Currently, 75% of our families are working; 4% are attending school; and 21% are working and in school.

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, Two’s, Preschool, Pre-K, and School-Age Programs for 126 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.

Fannie Battle was one of the first centers in Metro Nashville selected to serve as a Public Schools Pre-K Classroom Site and the center’s Preschool and Pre-K programs were recognized by United Way as a “Classroom of Excellence.”  We are licensed by State of TN with the highest 3-Star Rating, and have achieved this rating since inception of the 3-Star Program in 2001. We are part of Giving Matters and a 501c3 organization.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Fannie Battle is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal or local laws. Accordingly, Fannie Battle will hire, train, and promote individuals in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy; make decisions according to the principle of equal opportunity by imposing only bonafide occupational qualification requirements for employment opportunities; and administer all personnel practices and programs (including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, corrective action, and training) in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

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