A Little Bit of History
The year was 1921 and World War I had ended a few years earlier. Some civic-minded women formed the Orlando Day Nursery for the sake of working widows left with young children to support.
Since Orlando was booming from its land speculation and citrus grove industries, some of the mothers probably went to work in orange groves or packing houses. These worksites, certainly, were not the right environments for toddlers to spend their days, and something had to be done for the children.
Very likely, at least one woman founding the nursery was the wife of a gentlemen working to establish the Kiwanis Club of Orlando that same year. A natural association between the two organizations has existed all these years.
In late 2005, the Kiwanis Club of Orlando went beyond simple donations, or acting as a safety net, to purchase land and construct a state-of-the-art childcare facility, specifically for ODN's program.
What We Do for the Community
Situated within view of the Amway Arena's north entrance, most ODN families come from the Parramore and West Orlando neighborhoods. ODNís program for young children, serves a diverse client base of around 245 families with a total of 310 children per year.
ODN provides a developmentally appropriate childcare program and enriching preschool learning experience at reduced rates to families living in or near poverty in Central Florida to instill compassion, build strong characters and prepare children (ages 0-5 years) for school readiness, healthy living and sustainable livelihoods as adults in order to build a more flourishing community.
Orlando Day Nursery Associationís mission is to develop the whole child by providing high quality, affordable care and early childhood education services in the Orlando area
Licensed by the State of Florida - # C09OR158
Orlando Day Nursery Association, Inc.
626 Lake Dot Circle Orlando, FL 32801
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm