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741 S Pennsylvania Ave
Winter Park
Florida 32789

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Programs: Winter Park Day Nursery’s high-quality program includes childcare services for working families, preschool education program taught by college-educated teachers who help all WPDN children leave us ready to succeed in kindergarten, support program for families who attend school or work in lower paying jobs and voluntary pre-kindergarten classes. WPDN focuses on young children from lower income working families.

When parents have access to high-quality, reliable child care such as the Winter Park Day Nursery provides, they are more productive in the workplace and devote less time to personal issues, knowing their children are safe. Employers benefit from reduced turnover and absenteeism. This is an indirect, but important, impact of WPDN’s program.

WPDN’s curriculum, which closely follows the Florida School Readiness Performance Standards, is High/Scope because of its emphasis on teaching children how to think. High/Scope curriculum emphasizes problem-solving rather than unstructured play or teacher-directed drills. The children actively engage in planning, carrying out and reviewing what they are learning. Such high-quality education gives the children the intellectual tools to do better in school; they learn to be critical thinkers.  
For classroom management, all WPDN staff members practice inductive discipline and a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence program that empowers both teachers and children. The child is allowed to develop self-discipline through a program based on love, not on fear. The teacher leads the children in building their self-esteem, willpower and self-discipline while helping them to learn from their mistakes. As part of character development, WPDN embraces the basic principles of compassion, tolerance and consideration of others. This is especially important for our children because most come from families facing financial, personal and/or job stresses. The children feel those stresses but don’t understand them.

Mission Statement

Winter Park Day Nursery provides a secure, nurturing, educational environment that is affordable and supports family diversity.

Vision Statement

The Winter Park Day Nursery will build a stronger community by providing high-quality, affordable early childhood education that will prepare our children to succeed in school and life.


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With all the talk about budget cuts and welfare reform, we seem to forget about the children of the working poor - those who work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. WPDN is a safe place for their children to play and prepare to be successful when they enter school. Every child deserves a place ... more »
I have been a board member for 3 years and enjoy so much my involvement with this wonderful Nursery. The Operational Team there is so upbeat and positive even during times of stress when they are trying so hard to get the support they need to keep the nursery going. The children are a joy and well... more »
Prior to becomming a Board member 4 years ago, I had never heard of the Winter Park Day Nursery. At the time I was looking for a way to become involved in the community and WPDN seemed to be a good fit for me. I have two young children, one who is currently in full time day care and another who ... more »
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