History and Timeline
On November 4, 1912, the Long Beach Day Nursery was established and began caring for children of working mothers in a small cottage at 738 American Avenue.
During those early years the women on the board worked hard to finance the operation of the Day Nursery. Borrowing various cars from friends as well as using their own, board members organized day trips for tourists to the famous Southern California orange groves. They sponsored benefit programs, approached local businesses for contributions and services, gave food from their gardens and pantries and enlisted the support of many individuals and organizations in the city. Through their efforts the entire community became aware of the Day Nursery and its valuable program.
The success of the Long Beach Day Nursery over the years is due to the continuing support of the people of Long Beach. Their generosity has enabled the nursery not only to grow and expand but to maintain its dedication to quality child care. Today the Long Beach Day Nursery has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously licensed private social welfare agency in California and serves close to 250 children in two branch locations.