Fannie Battle Day Home for Children is the oldest child care center in US. Our goal is to continue the tradition set up in 1891 by our founder, Miss Fannie Battle: to supply affordable high-quality child care, for at-risk kids in a nurturing environment while empowering families to gain their potential.


Contact Details

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  City Nashville, TN
  Zip Code 37206
  Address 911 Shelby Ave
  Phone Number (615) 228-6745

From Our Website

At Fannie Battle, we are paving the way for a bright future for our children and families by offering developmentally appropriate programming that will give them the foundation they need to be successful in school and life. Your support can help us make a big difference.


We welcomed Kristie to Fannie Battle as executive director in April 2020. Having served nearly 30 years in non-profit development and management, Kristie has a garnered a depth of knowledge across her profession while working in a variety of non-profit organizations. Her experience ranges from community based social service agencies, local and national health related organizations, and her sorority's foundation. Kristie was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1999 and has continuously maintained the designation since.


Volunteers are essential to the success of Fannie Battle. Whether time is invested through direct engagement, service days, donation drives, or other creative ventures - the impact on the lives of children and families served is equally important and meaningful to our organization. UPDATE: Our volunteer program, consisting of individual, group, and corporate opportunities, has been temporarily suspended during this time. We are in the process of creating virtual or limited on-site opportunities for the summer and will provide updates.


Our story began in 1891 when Miss Fannie Battle saw a need in the community. She had joined a crowd gathered on the side of the street in north Nashville. Lying on the ground was a severely undernourished boy, who had been hit by a wagon, crying in pain. Miss Battle picked up the four-year-old, took him to the hospital, and went to find his parents. She learned that the boy's father had deserted his six other siblings and his mother, who was forced to work in a cotton factory, leaving the children on their own each day.