A Dynamic History

  • SINCE 1921

    Orlando Day Nursery has served families for almost one hundred years.
    Founded by World War I widows, the priority for the Nursery during its 99 year existence has been to support working families by providing quality, nurturing care for their children.

  • IN THE EARLY 1920’s

    The husband of one of our founders was a member of the new Kiwanis Club of Orlando. He told the club about these women’s efforts and they decided to throw their support behind the fledgling organization. A house was donated to the Kiwanis Club of Orlando for the first Orlando Day Nursery building.


    Many local groups have supported Orlando Day Nursery throughout our history.
    The Junior League of Greater Orlando was started as the Junior Auxiliary of the Orlando Day Nursery in 1928. In 1940, Orlando Day received its first donation from Community Chest, now Heart of Florida United Way. The T.G. Lee Dairy supplied the milk for the children at the nursery through the kindness of Mr. Lee, and the T.G. Lee Foundation is still a supporter of our mission.

  • IN 1960

    Orlando Day moved to a new building on Anderson Street. This building had a large kitchen, spacious outdoor play area and room to serve many more children. The Kiwanis Club continued to support Orlando Day by holding an annual garage sale and many local businesses pitched in. In 2005, due to the new I-4/408 connector, the Kiwanis Club built a new facility on Lake Dot Circle. The children have a wonderful playground and organic garden installed in 2011 through the generous donations of KaBOOM!, Disney, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, and the Chesley Magruder Foundation. In 2014, Snapple provided shade for the playground.


    Orlando Day Nursery has provided early childhood care and education for families in Central Florida for over 90 years. Started as an all-volunteer organization, it is fitting that a group of Orlando Day volunteers was honored as the “909th Point of Light” by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Orlando Day Nursery has received the “Keeping the Promise Award” from Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance. And in 2013, Orlando Day’s contributions to children and families were read into the record of the United States House of Representatives.

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