Winter Park Day Nursery, Inc.

Excellence in Early Education

Winter Park, FL   |


Winter Park Day Nursery provides a secure, nurturing, educational environment that is affordable and supports family diversity. The Winter Park Day Nursery envisions that we 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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Executive Director

Ms. Alessandra DeMaria

Main address

741 S Pennsylvania Ave

Winter Park, FL 32789 USA

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NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Child Day Care (P33)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Early Childhood Education

Winter Park Day Nursery (WPDN) offers a high-quality childcare and preschool program for working families serving children 6 weeks to 5-years old. Classes are taught by teachers trained in ‘best practices’ for early education and child development so they can help all WPDN children leave us ready to succeed in kindergarten. WPDN focuses its efforts on young children from lower- and middle- income working families. When parents have access to high-quality, affordable, full-day, reliable child care such as the Winter Park Day Nursery’s, 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 follows the Florida standards for school readiness, emphasizes teaching children how to think, how to problem-solve, and how to work together. 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. WPDN maintains a reputable accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) through the association of Early Learning Leaders to assure we are exceeding guidelines for quality care and early education.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Winter Park Day Nursery has an inclusive family services program
led by our Director of Family Services who has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work
as well as Child Development Certifications and experience teaching children
from birth through five years old. Thanks to these skills and experience our
Family Services program offers screenings and early intervention support for
all students demonstrating a need for such support. The Director of Family
Services also offers outside resources (that can be brought to WPDN as often as
possible) to assure that our students have the best possible chance of success. As part of our Family Services program, WPDN regularly offers parent education classes. Parenting classes teach parents about many different areas of interest, including best financial practices, community resources and positive discipline, among others. These classes not only teach parents how to help their child be successful, but how to help themselves be more successful, productive citizens as an example to their children. In addition to teaching skills or providing information, these classes also offer a support network for parents to share with other parents some of their struggles and triumphs. Providing a sense of community provides otherwise isolated, hard-working parents with a network of support.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2009

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2012

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2015


Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 1998

United Way Member Agency 1989

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Winter Park Day Nursery believes every child deserves equal access and opportunity for educational readiness so they do not fall behind before starting elementary school. Income disparities often prevent low income working parents’ access to affordable, quality education-based preschool. There is compelling evidence that the lives of children ages 6 weeks to 5-years-old are positively impacted when immersed in a quality early learning environment influencing both their future educational and life success. The Winter Park Day Nursery is dedicated to providing a loving and nurturing early learning environment that is affordable to low income working families who are equally committed to improving their child’s future life through educational readiness. WPDN’s expected impact is that children who graduate from the school will be better prepared for success in elementary school and beyond. These children will be able to better understand and manage their own emotions, problem solve on their own and with their peers, be aware of their own actions and the effect of these on others, not to mention having a working knowledge of academic principles necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond. As parents today face increasing difficulties finding affordable childcare, schools such as WPDN’s that provide sizable tuition scholarship assistance for high-quality care are experiencing large waiting lists. This is a challenging time for the day nursery as the leadership determines how the organizations can best grow to meet the needs of our community’s and impact the educational success of more children. (Several options for renovation or expansion of facilities and services are being considered as we stretch the limits of an aging building and are in the process of laying the groundwork for expansion through a capital campaign).

In order to serve more children and take the day nursery to the ‘next level’ of educational excellence, and accomplish long-term goals, Winter Park Day Nursery plans to build organizational capacity in some key areas, including facilities, staffing and board development. One of the near-term strategies the board and key staff has identified and is putting in place and assigning responsibilities for strengthening donor relations and individual gift giving to pave the way for the launch of a capital campaign. This strategy will require both a staff and board involvement to build a development program. The board development will focus on relationship building, in order to expand fund-raising capacities. Likewise, capacity-building will focus on staff development and expansion -- since staff educational and credential levels are the most common indicator of a quality preschool education. Contributing factors to workforce development include preparation programs, mentoring, teacher compensation and providing vital staff support services. Strategies in this focus area include addressing staff turnover and salary (increasing staff salary and determining appropriate amount increase (based on credentials) and over what period of time, workforce/workdays scheduling/hours, and benefits package. WPDN is also exploring staff education (what credentials are required for specific positions and required services, recruitment strategies (such as through internships) and staff appreciation and development (incentives, external and internal trainings and team building activities). Increasing the level of staff credentials to further enhance program quality, and staff coaching and support to improve efficiency, will not only positively impact outcomes but will also result in a smoother transition as Winter Park Day Nursery expands our physical facilities to meet the preschool needs of more of our community’s at-risk children. It is imperative WPDN maintains a strong, skilled and credentialed staff to impact long-term, successful outcomes. Board development will also be a major area of focus in the near-term, including recruitment (identifying what experience is needed on the board, how to best empower/encourage board members to bring qualified board candidates for consideration, and defining minimum standards and the process for new member selection). WPDN’s approach to board development will also focus on strengthening orientation and board training in such areas as duties and responsibilities, setting individual board member participation/scorecard goals (including in the critical areas of duties and responsibilities, the onboarding process, board organization (committees/structure/processes) and continuing education – especially in fundraising, donor relations.) WPDN plans on revisiting its Board Succession Plan (reviewing by-laws for terms and assigning responsibility for managing and tracking of terms and related matter) to the Governance Committee, with a Nominating Committee assigned to work on a long-term plan for board appointments). Working together, the strategies identified here will provide a blueprint for its continued development and positioning as a community leader in promoting educational excellence.

The Winter Park Day Nursery has built a high-quality, well-respected preschool education program reputation viewed as a demonstration site for best practices in early learning. This effort includes the addition of a strong structure of services to support preschoolers’ emotional and social/behavioral development, an alumni/extended support services which track our alumni to analyze the factors contributing to their success and has strengthened its curriculum in the areas of early literacy, mathematics and STEM learning. WPDN has worked hard to build its level of parent engagement in the center and over the past several years has seen steady increases in participation. Winter Park Day Nursery’s vision is to use our knowledge in many aspects of operation to raise the level of preschool education for all of our community’s children. The organization’s core assets include both internal and external resources. There is a board of directors with many dedicated individuals with expertise in a variety of areas, including strategic thinking. The staff is led by an executive director with a master’s degree in mental health counseling along with a certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy. She holds an Advanced Level Florida Childcare and Education Program Director credential. Under her leadership as executive director since 2011, Winter Park Day Nursery has strengthened its enrollment, re-branded and built its profile within the community. The school has also been a steady voice advocating for the importance of early childhood education in the community and has worked to bring about systems-level change and impact the community-wide quality of early childhood education. Winter Park Day Nursery emphasizes training and supports teachers’ professional development, with 50% of the staff holding an associates or bachelor’s degree and 25% working toward obtaining a degree or a higher degree than has already been obtained. Since Winter Park Day Nursery values the accountability that accreditation requirements bring to an institution, the center has been accredited since 2000. First by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and for the last 10 years by NAC (the National Accreditation Commission). Less than 25% of child care centers nationwide are accredited. The process of accreditation offers WPDN a comprehensive, on-going quality improvement measurement tool to demonstrate and document quality performance utilizing research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. Through collaboration, partnership-building and systems-level networking, WPDN brings resources into its program to broaden its community impact. Winter Park Day Nursery’s community collaborations and partnerships are numerous and bring many external resources to the center. As indicated, local area institutions of higher learning such as Seminole State College and Orange Technical College use WPDN as a demonstration site for ‘best practices’ in early childhood learning and a placement site for interns. Additionally, WPDN enjoys a strong working partnership with the Rollins College Child Development Center. As a laboratory for the Rollins Department of Psychology, the center is a leader in identifying and implementing developmentally appropriate practice for all children, scaffolded and individualized learning opportunities and research-based assessment/screening tools. Winter Park Day Nursery partners with the Orlando Day Nursery and Welbourne Avenue Nursery (located in Winter Park) two other schools providing discounted tuition on a sliding scale, by collaborating on staff training and joint grants. These three schools work with the understanding they are not in competition with each other but are working toward the same purpose and goals – even though the services of each vary in some instances – to fill a community need.

Current Accomplishments: With the help of grant funding from the Central Florida Foundation, the WPDN’s board and staff worked with a consultant from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College to explore the school’s options for growth, creating a business plan which will become part of a larger strategic plan outlining the key growth initiatives for 2017-2020. This strategic plan sets forth near-term objectives to propel WPDN toward reaching the ultimate intended goals. The organization is well underway in building the development program as outlined in the strategic plan 2017 - 2020. Thanks to a generous grant from the Dr. P. Phillips foundation, paving the way for WPDN to implement a more aggressive and strategic fundraising and development effort that will ultimately set our organization up for future success. 
The launching of alumni/extended support services, and tracking of alumni academic progress through grade three, a three-year project (“Successful Transitions” - 2014-2016) was accomplished with funding from the Heart of Florida United Way through its “Investing in Results” initiative. This initiative, by enabling WPDN to track students' success as they transitioned into elementary school provided outcome data that has contributed to the knowledge of what is most effective in fostering early childhood learning on both a short-term and long-term basis.

How we listen

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Winter Park Day Nursery, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Emily Lemieux

ReMax 2000

Term: 2022 - 2024

Charles Kulmann

Kulmann Lane & Associates

Alessandra DeMaria

Winter Park Day Nursery

Nicole Finegan

HMS Certified Public Accountants, PA

Emily Lemieux

ReMax 200

Fred Szydlik


Alan Leeds

Retired - Journalism

Peg Cornwell

Rollins College

Janelle Barfield

Growing Together Pediatrics

Maggie Bilby

David Vaughan Investments

Annette Dennig


Andrew Neal

Advent Health

JP Salazar

United Community Bank

Savannah Stewart

Lowndes Law Firm

Matt Williamson

LRA Insurance

Taylor Womack

The Mayflower Winter Park

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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