Day Nursery of Abilene plans opening of new location, with help of HSU and Hendrick

June 24, 2019 Ashlyn Schulle, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, June 19, the Day Nursery of Abilene announced its partnership with Hardin-Simmons and Hendrick Health Systems to open a new location of the daycare center in the area. The building of College Heights Elementary School, which closed its doors in 2012, will be reopened as the fourth location of Day Nursery of Abilene later this year.

President Eric Bruntmyer with two HSU employees who advocated for nearby childcare

Hendrick and HSU agreed that they both wanted childcare closer to their campuses, and this building was just the opportunity to make that happen. The new location of Day Nursery will not only benefit the employees of HSU and Hendrick, but the surrounding community as well.

At the event, HSU president Eric Bruntmyer recognized HSU employees Shannon Maynard and Mary Burke, who were adamant about the need for childcare service near the university. According to Bruntmyer, the two employees approached him with “grace and tenacity” when they told him of the need for this.

The plan is to remodel the existing building located at the intersection of N. 18 and Orange Street. The center will provide care for newborns to children up to the age of 10.

Day Nursery of Abilene has provided the Abilene community with affordable childcare since its opening in 1972. The center cares for around 500 children total, and still has a lengthy waitlist with additional children who could use their services.

This new location will allow Day Nursery of Abilene to help even more families around Abilene, especially those nearby from HSU and Hendrick.