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Early Embrace

Early Embrace works towards the holistic wellbeing of young children, their families, and their communities by offering a healing and restorative early learning program.

We advance equity in education by increasing low-income families’ access to high-quality early learning. Our network of programs includes family empowerment programs as well as supports for home-based childcare providers. We target the communities in Davidson County with the highest child poverty rates, working to help communities heal from systemic racism and structural harm.

Addressing racial inequities in early childhood education is at the center of our work. We empower Black early educators, foster culturally sustaining pedagogy, and actively work to eliminate opportunity gaps for Black children.


For More Information, Please Contact Ericka Ward at or 615-240-8786



Healing Circle

Taking care of a young child brings both happiness and stress. Early Embrace's Healing Circle is a space for parents and caregivers to talk openly about personal and family stress while learning more about health and wellness. Parents/caregivers will learn with and from each other as they explore topics such as stress management, mindfulness, nutrition, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), healing from racial trauma, building support systems, and more.

Family Playgroup

The Family Playgroup invites parents/caregivers to play and learn alongside their young child while also building community with other parents in their neighborhood. Parents learn from each other and from the Playgroup Facilitator, who partners with parents design culturally sustaining and open-ended learning experiences for children that they can continue at home. Parents/caregivers are empowered to bring learning activities from their home to share with the playgroup and to lead playgroup sessions alongside the Playgroup Facilitator.

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Home-Based Childcare Support Group

Do you currently provide childcare in your home or have you dreamed of one day becoming an early childhood educator? Do you live in an MDHA affordable housing community?

If so, Early Embrace wants to support you! Whether you are taking care of your nieces/nephews, grandchildren and/or neighbors and whether you are getting paid or not, we want to make sure you are getting the support you deserve.

The Home-based Childcare Support Group is an opportunity for childcare providers (licensed or unlicensed) to access the resources, learning materials, and training they need in order to thrive in their important work as educators.

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