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St. Michael's School and Nursery, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Preschools

Mission: St. Michael's School and Nursery is committed to the growth and support of children's development in mind, body, character and spirit. We provide an exemplary, affordable program of early education and childcare in a nurturing atmosphere. St. Michael's welcomes all children.

Programs: Provide early education with child care to children in the metropolitan wilmington, delaware area.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

St. Michael's School and Nursery is a wonderful place for children to discover their world. The staff shares their love of children every day. Our daughter attended preschool and summer camp at St. Michael's. She is older now, but still remembers her teachers. They have made a positive impact on her life...encouraging her to be her best self as well as to read and write. Thank you to the staff and administration for all that you do for our children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

St. Michael's Day and Nursery is the most wonderful school for children. The staff and administration create a nurturing and educational environment unlike any other. It is an international community with well trained staff and excellent facilities. Their new playground is beautiful. The children have a new garden and playground equipment. The newly renovated facilities are bright and cheery. They have not only an appreciate for foreign languages and academics, but also a strong music program unlike any within the Delaware region. I look forward to what will be accomplished for the children in the coming year. The staff, administration, and parents working together are making a difference for every child's future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children attended St. Michael's School years ago when they were 2 and 4 years old. Now, they are 33 and 35. The school was located near my job at that time and allowed me to commute to work with my them. This afforded me the luxury of knowing that I was not too far away, if they needed me. St. Michael's provided exceptional learning opportunities and care then and continues today. My granddaughter attends the school now. She came when she was 3months old. Today, she is 2years old.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of serving as the campaign consultant for St. Michael's very successful multi-million diollar capital campaign several years ago to more than double the size of the school. From the very inception of project planning, the school's Director, Director of Development and the entire Board of Directors planned and executed a near-perfect campaign. For St. Michael's leaders, this initiative was a major, major "step up" but in the face of a desperate need for additional space to serve additional deserving children, they executed with an infectious enthusiasm that earned the support of hundreds of major foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists in the Wilmington area. This 24 month project could be the text book model of how to conduct savvy project management. A top drawer non-profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter went to St. Michael's many years ago. Now she works at the school during her college breaks. Certainly, St. Michael's provided her with a foundation of learning for her lifetime. But more importantly, it's the VIRTUES instilled in her both then and now by teachers, staff, students and families that make me so proud of her. St. Michael's teaches every student kindness, empathy for others, understanding, tolerance, and more. That speaks volumes for St. Michael's and puts them head and shoulders above any other program around.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at St. Michael's for over 14 years and it holds a very special place in my heart. From its founding in 1890, it has been a place where every child is welcome regardless of their circumstances or their family’s financial situation. St. Michael’s overall philosophy is that the child comes first. This philosophy was introduced to me by the Executive Director, Helen Riley on the day I interviewed for a position at the school. There was such passion in her voice and it appealed to me very much because I had spent most of my life putting children first. My life had been dedicated to lovingly teaching children from my own two daughters to the thousands of students I had taught in dance classes over the years. So, the feeling that I had found a place to continue this devotion of mine was welcome. As the years have unfolded for me at St. Michael’s, I have come to see that Helen Riley’s passion is real and it is contagious. It permeates the entire school from the faculty, the staff, the families and every visitor that comes to find out what St. Michael’s is all about. Mrs. Riley’s lifelong dedication to improving the lives of little children has led a rally to bring equal opportunity to a quality education to thousands of children who might otherwise be left behind. No one benefits more than our children! I eagerly ask you to consider making St. Michael’s School one of your 2012 Great Nonprofits.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

St. Michael's School and Nursery provides quality childcare and early learning opportunities. Its visionary leaders combine compassion and concern for young children and families with a pursuit of excellence at all levels of services. St. Michael's has successfully worked with other organizations to raise statewide standards for childcare and early childhood education, principally through the Delaware Stars program. If I had a child or grandchild living in Delaware I would definitely enroll him or her at the school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my daughters attended St. Michael's from infancy. My wife and I were always very impressed with the manner in which our children were cared. Many of the teachers at St. Michael's were my daughter's favorite people at that time, and we believe that those teachers cared for and about our children as if they were their own. To this day, when I visit St. Michael's, many of those same teachers will always cheerfully ask how their girls are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

In my role as Director of Programs for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a national private foundaiton, I have been fortunate to work with Helen Riley in preparing grant proposals to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund overe the past 19 years. During that time, I have come to know St. Michael's as what our foundation considers THE model for state-of-the-art early child care and education . We have also come to know Helen Riley, the school's leader for some 27 years, as an extremely effective leader and policy advocate around excellence in early care and educaiton. In fact, over the past 27 years, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has awarded $928,890 in grants to St. Michael's School in response to their excellent proposals and exceptional work on behalf of children, children who are most often the most disadvantaged children in Wilmington, Delaware. I highly recommend your consideration of St. Michale's School & Nursery for your consideration as on of your 2012 Top-rated nonprofits. Sally Howard Douglass, Director of Programs

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I fell in love with St. Michael's from the very first day I went to do my tour. I loved the friendly atmosphere and just how much they truly cared. My son first attended at 14 months and he's now 4 years old and I couldn't of picked a better daycare. I love it and would recommend to anyone looking for a daycare for their children. Since then, I 've had another son and he loves it as well. Everyone works together and makes you feel comfortable with leaving your children in their care while you work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was 4 months old when he started attending St. Michael's. He will be 4 years old next month and I can't think of a better environment for him. The staff is wonderful and they are committed to providing an excellent education for our children. Many would agree that St. Michael's is the model for early education in our state.

Client Served

Rating: 4

St. Michael's School and Nursery was recommended to me by a co-worker(both of her children attend) i am a 1st time mother who was going back to work and very nervous about leaving my son. My son was 6 months old when he started attending. St. Michaels' staff has been very helpful, patient and understanding to a 1st time mother like me. They made myself, dad & son feel comfortable. Ms. Becky & Ms. Finley was so warm & helpful and answered all my questions when she gave me my tour of the facility. My sons development since attending has been remarkable!! My son learned how to walk & interact with other children from the teaching of his 1st teacher(Ms.Miallo) she is wonderful!! My son is now 18months and has progressed soooo much since attending St. Michael's he has been promoted to 2 new classrooms(with ms. Johnson & Ms. Brenda) and now currently with Ms. Davis & Ms. Brown who are wonderful. My son draws, knows his colors, eat with spoon, drinks from a cup & Etc. Our family is so pleased with St. Michael's School and Nursery. November 2012 my son will be here for 1yr! his education will continue here he loves his school & so do I... I would recommend St. Michael's School and Nursery to anyone... Why? "Because they are a school that cares!"

Advisor

Rating: 5

St. Michael's School provides a wonderful and much needed resource to our community. The children are nurtured by caring volunteers and staff, and the school is a beacon in a community that struggles with many issues.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to St. Michael's in the mid-1950's and both of my children attented in the early 80's. St. Michaels's offered a nutruring and educational program that served a wide variey of backgrounds and economic levels that made for a "best mix" for learning your ABC's and learing to mix with those from different enthicities, races, and cultures. As a professional, Day Care Licenseing was under my department. St. Michael's was an example of an agency that ahdered to the rules and was a leader helping to shape new rules and policies. This is a top notch program with a long (over 110 years) and illustrious history.

Donor

Rating: 5

St. Michael's School and Nursery serves its community well. It encourages participation from fathers and mothers of all children as well as grandparents and community members. The children arrive with smiles, looking forward to a day of learning that might include study of a foreign language, computers, art with a local artist, and many other opportunities for learning. The new playground and the children's garden add to the wonderful day ahead. As a donor, I am proud of te scholarship program which allows many children (most of the 200 + enrolled) to take advantage of this wonderful school and nursery. St. Michael's is relentless in its fundraising and uses the money received very well. It is a joy to be part of this wonderful program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This school reaches out to the community and includes both the "haves" and the "have nots" with the same level of care and love. My granddaughter attended the pre-school and is now in the third grade, but she still remembers her positive experience at St. Michael's.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for St. Michael's, and been a member of its Board of Directors, for several years. St. Michael's is a model program for early childhood education in Delaware. Its staff are highly qualified, well-trained individuals who care very deeply about the school, and most especially about its students and their families. Nearly 80% of St. Michael's students receive tuition support, demonstrating the extent to which the school serves the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest son attended St. Michael's from the time he was 6 months old until he entered kindergarten. I was also a parent liason to the board for a time. Our experience at St. Michael's was all good. The staff was consistently kind and attentive (especially Mr. Hendrix, who was wonderful!!!). The facility went through some improvements during our time and after, and it's top rate. Among my favourite qualities, though, is that St. Michael's serves a wide range of children from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Some pay full freight, some have vouchers, but ALL get the same excellent care and educational opportunities. I am proud to say that my son is an alumni!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer and board member at St. Michael's since 1995. St. Michael's is a model program for early education in Delaware and our region. St. Michael's is a real school. All our teachers have college degrees. We have a campus that includes a beautiful library, a stage for performances, a state of the art playground, a cafeteria that provides healthful meals and snacks, a computer lab, and an indoor play area. Our executive director, Helen Riley, is an inspired and creative educator. We have a bi-lingual curriculum that starts in the baby rooms and goes through second grade. Most importantly, our teachers and staff provide a loving and caring place for our children to learn and grow. St. Michael's welcomes all children regardless of ability to pay. There is no better place for your charity dollars than St. Michael's scholarship fund.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a parent at St. Michael's for the past 3 years and I must say I am proud to say that my child attends St. Michael's. They are his family away from home. The teachers at the school are very caring and nurturing to the students and the staff members are very knowledgeable in the information pertaining to the school and activities in the community. When I drop my child off to school I know that I am dropping him off to a safe environment and an environment that I know my child will learn and grow. And picking him up is the best moment because he has a lot to talk about his day. They take the children on trips and they have activities to incorporate families together. This school is not just about getting their money, they are about their children learning and trying to help build families and also having fundraisers to reduce tuition. If it was anything that I would need to say to St. Michael’s is thank you for everything that you have done for my son and I.

Donor

Rating: 5

St. Michael's has been serving Wilmington's working families since the 1890's: it is the state's oldest child care facility. Today the school serves about 150 children, 80% of whom receive tuition assistance so that they can afford to attend. It is a pleasure for me to support St. Michael's with my donations because the school is very well managed, the faculty and staff are caring and accomplished people, and the kids there receive a great start in life.