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.