LONG BEACH DAY NURSERY

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 1548 Chestnut Ave Long Beach CA 90813 USA

Mission: Founded in 1912, Long Beach Day Nursery's mission is to provide quality early care and education to young children (6 weeks to 6 years old) of working parents. LBDN believes that a good start in the formative years of childhood provides children with a lasting foundation for success throughout their lives. LBDN serves approximately 325 children annually (250 at a time).
Target demographics: provide parents with peace of mind knowing their children are cared for in a loving and nurturing environment.
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 300 students, their parents and families.
Geographic areas served: Long Beach
Programs: Early Literacy “Ready to Read” Methods: The curriculum, starting with six-week old infants, consists of two hours of activities each day in the classroom that focus on language enhancement and development of large and small motor skills. The curriculum includes the following: Reading to help children in relating pictures to words. Reading to a child helps them develop language skills and makes them aware of the association between the written and spoken word and helps them to develop problem-solving skills. Each classroom is equipped with age-appropriate books, games and materials in both English and Spanish, and designated reading areas. Every year, each child receives at least one age-appropriate book as a holiday gift; Encouraging parents to read to their children and participate in literacy activities. Parents are encouraged to read to their children at least 20 minutes a day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Provides an amazing value to the community. I would reccomend the services they provide to any and all!

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Board member I am proud to contribute to this wonderful 101 year old organization. As a part of my architectural practice I have worked with and visited numerous child care facilities in Southern California. None approach the level of experience and professionalism of Long Beach Day Nursery. The attention and care given to the children is outstanding and the staff are exceptional.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

A difficult day for every new parent is leaving that new treasure of a person in someone else's care while returning to the working world. My wife and I did an extensive search for a early childhood education center that was exactly that, not merely "day care." We were beyond thankful to have found the Long Beach Day Nursery. Although it was still difficult leaving our child that first day, it was made easier by knowing that he was going to receive more socialization and a better pedagogic experience than we could provide.
Our family believes so strongly in the organization and its mission that when presented with the opportunity to join its board of directors I was happy to in a small way repay and help shape organization that has such a tremendous impact on the formative years of so many future leaders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to make it grow to offer its services to more families without losing its sight on its mission.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my second year on the Board and I am so proud of the Nursery's mission and the ways they carry out their goals in the community. It supports a wonderful and much needed cause for our growing youth in today's community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a working parent the Long Beach Day Nursery was a tremendous resource when I needed to find care for my 6 month old daughter, Genevieve. Their continuity of care, high quality infant care providers, and amazing facilities provided an unprecedented piece of mind and comfort for me as a parent. Not only did my daughter receive loving and quality child care, she also developed a very robust level of confidence, social skills, and a love for learning. The partnership between the providers (who really become like family) and the parents ensures that children have a very solid foundation that will serve them well as they grow and develop. I am now a board member for the Nursery and a passionate advocate for ensuring this type of resource is available for both children and working parents regardless of ability to pay. This is a foundation that I would hope all children could experience. As a board member I have now been introduced to the amazing community network that is also committed to this mission and it is a true testament to the work of the Nursery and the amazing staff and educators that give their all to children every day.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a past board member and past chairman of Long Beach Day Nursery having served nine years on the board of directors. Because of the great respect I have for this worthwhile organization I continue to support it financially and to spread the word of the excellent programs and mission of the nursery. I always enjoyed visiting the classrooms and seeing the children happy, engaged and well cared for by the teachers. The nursery has remained a viable institution for 100 years, and I anticipate its continued success for another 100 years!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the funding received so that even more children and families could be served!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member of Long Beach Day Nursery for 8 years and have been impressed with the commitment of our senior and teaching staffs to our mission of providing the highest quality early care and education to the young children of working parents. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2012, we look forward to another 100 years of serving the Long Beach community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my conversations with the parents of children currently enrolled, past board members and alumni of Long Beach Day Nursery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to win the lottery and ensure the nursery's sound financial future!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having now completed my first term (three years) as a board member, and with my grandson now graduated from Long Beach Day Nursery, the value gained through his near five years of experience from the care and early childhood education provided by Long Beach Day Nursery's caring and skilled teachers and support staff is marked by his smooth transition into kindergarten, with a solid foundation that is so important today. My granddaughter, (who initially enrolled at age six weeks in the infant care program) now age 3, continues at Long Beach Day Nursery in the preschool program at the East branch. On my many visits to both the West branch and East branch facilities, the happy children, classroom organization, programs, and well maintained playgrounds are so appreciated. Also noticeable and important are other services provided such as dental and vision screening. Founded in 1912, Long Beach Day Nursery recognized their 100th anniversary in 2012. I look forward to my continued work with this wonderful organization and I am grateful to the many "friends of Long Beach Day Nursery" who make it possible for Long Beach Day Nursery to continue "to provide quality early care and education for young children of working parents."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes to organization, but help our community understand this is more than a "day care" facility - The Long Beach Day Nursery is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Before I became a board member,My grandson was enrolled at Long Beach Day Nursery. Watching his development and growth from age six weeks to now, almost three years, has been the most wonderful experience. I sincerely believe the positive experience he has had at Long Beach Day Nursery has contributed to his development. My granddaughter was also enrolled since age six weeks, and she just turned one. She, too, is benefiting from her experience at the Nursery. I am proud to volunteer my time and effort on behalf of this wonderful organization. While my grandchildren are full pay, the fact that Long Beach Day Nursery can provide assistance for this quality care for children of working parents who could not otherwise afford it is extremely valuable and worthwhile. I hope they continue long into the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In knowing that my grandchildren and all of the children in the care of the Long Beach Day Nursery receive quality care and education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes to the organization - Just more recommendations to individuals to visit the Long Beach Day Nursery and consider contributing to the ongoing financial needs of this dedicated organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long Beach Day Nursery has been providing quality early care and education to the young children of working parents for over 100 years. The Nursery has provided the basis for future academic and social success for many children by providing high quality programs. LBDN is NAEYC Accredited and incorporates Early Child Education "best practices" in the the curriculum. Regular training helps staff develop age-appropriate activities that expose the children to early math and reading skills. It is a pleasure to visit the classrooms and meet the happy, self-confident children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Long Beach Day Nursery has been providing child care in Long Beach for 99 years. Its longevity in the community is due to its commitment to quality and providing quality child care to young children of working parent. As a Board Member, I can attest to the emphasis on quality. The staff is made up of well-trained child care professionals with an emphasis on early education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended Nursery events and observed the day-to-day operation at the facilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide more funds to supplement our programs that support low-income parents. These children are our future. Studies show that early childhood education has the greatest positive effect on children from lower socioeconomic status, including reduction of dropping out of school.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of two grown children who both attended the Long Beach Day Nursery when they were children, the start that they got in life was fantastic. They have fond memories of the nursery to this day and both are College Graduates with one being an Educator herself. For over 100 years, this organization has served the needs of the community....They are Fantastic and serve the needs of an underserved community My service as a board member is because I believe in the nursery and their mission.

Jonathan Gotz

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

For over one-hundred years, the Long Beach Day Nursery has provided high-quality day care and preschool learning in a safe, stimulating environment to the families of working parents. Its reputation in our community is exemplary and the quality of childcare and preschool education has developed alongside the best standards and practices of our time. The LBDN enjoys the support of numerous generous patrons, some of whom received their first formal education at the Nursery. The organization is, as its motto claims, before its time and behind every child!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop its endowment to assure that the Nursery is assured of ongoing service to the children of Long Beach and, in particular, is able to provide scholarship support to the children of the working poor who struggle to sustain their families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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