History

Grace M. Eaton Childcare Center was founded by two women (Lizzie Kelly and Grace M. Eaton) in 1926. They recognized the need among black, lower income, inner city families for a child care center in Nashville. Ms. Kelly introduced the idea of the day home to the Fireside School (a religious organization). Ms. Eaton, a former teacher at Fireside School, supported the idea and provided most of the financial support. Ms. Eaton purchased the first building for the non-profit home and it was named in her honor.