Child Care Services


The Nest Child Care Center Earns Highest Quality Rating

Lexington, Kentucky— The Nest – Center for Women, Children and Families Child Care Center has earned a 5 STAR rating, the highest rating obtainable, under the new Kentucky ALL STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. Receiving the highest rating requires meeting standards of excellence in: classroom and instructional quality, family and community engagement, staff qualifications, leadership practice and professional learning.

The Nest Childcare Program provides free long-term, temporary, and emergency child care for children ages birth through 5 years old for parents who are financially unable to secure child care or have no other support system for emergency care. “Reaching this highest STAR rating is a great accomplishment and endorses the high-quality child care that we provide for the community” said Jenny Norman, Director of The Nest Child Care Center.  This reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff and their efforts to continually improve the quality of early childhood education provided by The Nest Child Care Program,” said Jenny.

Kentucky ALL STARS is Kentucky’s expanded Five Star quality rating system serving all child care centers, Heads Start and public preschool that receive public funding. ALL STARS recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement.

“This is an awesome way to start our new fiscal year, and to continue to celebrate our 40th Anniversary at The Nest,” said Jeffrey White, Executive Director. “Both our employees and the community benefit from the Child Care Center’s quality efforts.”

About The Nest

The Nest – Center for Women, Children and Families is a local, nonprofit organization that was formed in 1977 to provide a safe place for education, counselling and support to women, children and families in crisis.  The Nest is located at 530 N. Limestone Street Lexington, KY in Duncan Park. Last year, The Nest staff and volunteers helped over 4,000 individuals by providing intimate partner violence services and advocacy to women in over 10 counties, full-time and respite child care, parent education and support, and basic human needs for families facing crisis.  The purpose of The Nest is to give children a chance, victims a voice and families a future!

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The Nest Child Care Center is a 5-star state-rated center that provides a safe and nurturing environment while attending to the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of children. We provide both long-term, contracted child care and temporary respite child care for parents who are financially unable to secure child care or have no other support system for emergency care. Our curriculum based program ensures the children are prepared for kindergarten.


The Nest Provides:

  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Milk and juice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Educational activities
  • Socialization
  • Degreed teachers

You Supply:

  • Lunch
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Bottles and formula
  • Extra clothing
  • Medical and emergency information

Our goal is for every child to be SAFE, HEALTHY & READY TO LEARN!

Respite care is provided free of charge.

Contracted full-time care is provided on a sliding fee scale in order to meet the needs of the families the center serves.  Please call ahead for availability.

Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
For respite child care, call (859) 259-1974 ext. 228 before 10 a.m.

Jenny Norman, Child Care Director
(859) 259-1974 ext. 228

Everyone needs a little help when it comes to caring for children.  Thank you to United Way for supporting our Respite Childcare Program.

McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC