Celebrating 100 years!

McNeilly Center for Children was founded in 1916, and throughout our 100 year history we have provided affordable, high quality early care and education for thousands of children in need.  Today, McNeilly is one of the largest providers of care for low-income children in Middle Tennessee, serving almost 400 children in 3 East Nashville locations.  We offer infant/toddler, preschool and pre-k programs for children whose parents are working, in job training and/or in school, and further provide parenting education and social services for the families of enrolled children.  

We are so grateful for the 100 years of support from donors, volunteers, board members, staff, and friends, who have helped shape McNeilly into the exceptional organization it is today.    Together, we continue to give children in need a stronger start, and are truly making a difference in the lives of families in need right here in our community.   We look forward to celebrating this Centennial year with you and thank you for your steadfast commitment to the mission of McNeilly!


Nelda Fulghum named Interim Executive Director

The McNeilly Board of Directors approved a recommendation from the McNeilly Executive Board to name Nelda Fulghum, Interim Executive Director. Nelda was the program manager at the McNeilly Early Head Start Infant & Toddler location on Stockell Street and has been with McNeilly since June 2005. Nelda has over 30 years experience directing high quality childcare programs. Nelda is a professional development specialist working with the CDA council to assess skills of caregivers working on their Child Development Associate credential. Nelda is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is highly involved with the local and state affiliates. Nelda is also the Vice-President of the non-profit Caring Health Foundation working with developmental therapists and the ECE community to enhance the development of children in our agencies. Nelda says, “I believe children deserve the best we have to give and I am honored to serve McNeilly children, families and staff. I look forward to working with our staff, board of directors and community partners to enhance the mission of McNeilly Center”. 

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Save the Date for two exciting upcoming events.  On Friday, April 10th from 4:30 - 6:30 PM we will celebrate the extraordinary career of retiring long-time McNeilly Executive Director, Melba Marcrum.  The reception will be held at McNeilly Center for Children's Meridian St. location - 100 Meridian St. - Nashville, TN 37207.  All are invited to join us to congratulate Melba and share memories from her many years of giving back to the children of our community.  

On Tuesday, May 5th we hope you will join us for this year's Melodies for McNeilly.  The event will be held at Belle Meade Country Club beginning at 6:00 PM.  The evening will feature food, music and fun.  Donations are encouraged at the door and all proceeds will benefit McNeilly Center for Children.  On May 5th, The Big Payback will be happening across Middle Tennessee and donations made at the Melodies for McNeilly event will help McNeilly compete for prizes and incentives that are a part of the Big Payback day.  Seating is limited so you are encouraged to RSVP by emailing rsvp@mcneillycenter.org or calling (615) 255-2549.