Kiwanis Clubof Paducah KY

Paducah Day Nursery is located on the grounds of Paducah Housing Authority, a federally subsidized low-income housing complex. Most of the residents are families with school age children, many of which attend or have attended the day care. Ninety percent of the children served by the Nursery are at or below poverty.

It has been evidenced that children living in poverty may be deprived of the benefits of safe and creative playtime and consequences of play deficiency may be considerable, because play is vital to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood (KR Ginsburg - Pediatrics, 2007). Children that are able to experience play see the benefits of enhanced physical health by building active, healthy bodies. Physical activity beginning in early childhood has shown to prevent obesity (KJ Campbell, KD Hesketh - Obesity reviews, 2007). Additionally, play is a natural means that children use to build their resilience. The development of resilience is about learning to overcome social challenges and adversity as well as navigating peer relationships on the playground.

The Paducah Day Nursery has limited and outdated playground equipment. Updating and expanding the playground equipment will allow the staff at Paducah Day Nursery to address those very important early childhood developments. As a result, the children at the nursery will have a better opportunity to grow into active, healthy, and successful community members. The long-lasting impacts of the newer playground equipment are generationally far reaching for families, but our community as a whole.

Additional Information

What organizations will support this playground project?: Kiwanis Club of Paducah KY, Computer Services, Inc., Paducah Bank, Eckstein Foundation, United Way of Paducah, Rotary Club of Paducah, and Charity League of Paducah
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: The Kiwanis Club of Paducah KY’s Board of Directors as well as the Paducah Day Nursery staff and Board of Directors will work diligently to ensure all updated and expanded playground equipment is bought in adequate timing so as to have delivery made in time for installation by October 31, 2021. Given the current unexpected pandemic, delivers have been delayed and start times have had to be adjusted. However if unforeseen natural circumstances arise, the Kiwanis Club of Paducah KY’s Board President will be in contact with Kiwanis International to keep them updated on all delays in equipment delivery and timeframe setbacks. Kiwanis Club of Paducah KY’s Board of Directors will work with Paducah Day Nursery staff and Board of Directors to prepare a detailed timeframe for purchasing, delivery, and installation. The timeframe preparation will begin once notification of contest award and will include fundraising efforts to secure any additional needed funds and/or contracting labor for installation. Kiwanis Club of Paducah KY’s Board of Directors will monitor the progress throughout and once it is time for the installation stage, the Board will seek club volunteers to help with any installation of equipment as appropriate.
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: As Paducah's oldest daycare facility, the non-profit corporation was established in 1911, and incorporated in 1916. Originally started for working mothers to have a safe place for their children, Paducah Day Nursery continues its journey to provide quality care for children of parents with limited resources. They strive to produce a safe, comfortable, supportive environment in which each child is inspired to reason, explore, communicate, create and cultivate a positive self-image. Paducah Day Nursery strives to invest in the lives of children and their families. The early childhood care professionals at the Nursey use evidence-based practices to promote social skills in young children. As evidenced above, a new playground will allow them to further extend those practices and help to ensure the children that walk through their doors have every opportunity as their peers to not only grow healthy, but to also thrive.

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