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Schenectady Day nursery began in early 20th century

Institution grew from rented flat; former children now bring their own kids

Diane Fisher, director of the Schenectady Day Nursery, handles one of her younger clients at the Lafayette Street facility earlier this month. The nursery is 111 years old, and the group is celebrating the building’s 100th anniversary.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Diane Fisher, director of the Schenectady Day Nursery, handles one of her younger clients at the Lafayette Street facility earlier this month. The nursery is 111 years old, and the group is celebrating the building’s 100th anniversary.
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You might think day care is a relatively recent part of American culture — something that sprang to life during the second wave of feminism in the 1960s. Diane Fisher, however, and her staff at the Schenectady Day Nursery in downtown Schenectady will tell you it goes back much further. “It was a group of church women back in 1902 that got us started,” said Fisher, director of the Schenectady Day Nursery, which is celebrating ...


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