Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center

  "What we play is life." - Louis Armstrong

"What we play is life." - Louis Armstrong

At a Glance

  • Serves grade Pre-K
  • Whites Creek cluster
  • Open enrollment
  • Does not offer bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare

Welcome From Our Principal

  Jessica Hardin  Principal

Jessica Hardin

Hello! I am a Nashville native and a graduate of MNPS schools. I completed my bachelor’s degree at APSU and received a Master’s degree in administrative leadership from Lipscomb University along with adding my EL endorsement. I have participated in the Principal’s Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt, SAIL (a MNPS aspiring leaders program) and served as an Ayers mentor for future leaders with Lipscomb University.  

I have spent the majority of my 15 years in the education field working in early childhood education as a kindergarten teacher where I developed a passion for student-centered, developmentally appropriate instruction. Before becoming principal at Davis ELC, I served Lakeview Design Center as an assistant principal and worked closely with the pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade teams on increasing rigor and gathering and evaluating meaningful data.

My goal is to develop a positive culture that centers around the education and development of the whole child while providing a professional development plan to grow teachers through differentiation.  My goal is that all students leave Davis ELC with the knowledge and skills that will make them successful in kindergarten.


Contact Information

1910 South Hamilton Road
Nashville, TN 37218 (map)


Principal: Mrs. Jessica Hardin
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Bernita Moore
Secretary/Clerk: Misty Stevenson
Assistant Principal (Part Time): Carolyn Wood
Family Resource Center Director: Joshua Jacob
School Counselor: MacKenzie Grant
School Counselor: Dellanita Fuqua
Site Manager - Extended Learning Programs: Lakesha Vaughn
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry



School Description

Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center is a child- and family-centered public preschool. Our program educates the whole child while focusing on important skills and development such as literacy, early math and social and emotional learning.

The year prior to kindergarten is an important first step in a child’s experience with peers, making friends and interacting with adults other than immediate family members. At the Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center, children’s growth and development are supported through the studies of the Creative Curriculum, and families are encouraged to support their children by participating in classroom and school experiences throughout the year.

Our hope is to learn about each child and family enrolled in our school and offer the best first step as each child begins the transition into kindergarten. Please feel free to visit and play with us often. Early learning lasts a lifetime!


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Morning Meeting
  • Large Group (concept and conversation)
  • Free Choice (child-centered inquiry linked to studies)
  • Small group and individualized learning
  • Enrichment experiences (Plant the Seed, Global, Outdoor classroom)
  • Lunch
  • Rest time
  • Round Up Large/Small group

School Details & Links


Children will need to wear a solid, collared shirt, close-toed shoes and pants, skirts or shorts that are blue, black or khaki.

If you are in need of a full uniform to get started for the school year, please call the school at 615-291-6355 and ask to speak to Joshua Jacob.


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
  • Before and aftercare
    21st Century; Site Leader LaKesha Vaughn, 615-512-6695
  • Family Resource Center
  • GED Classes
  • Food Bank
  • Tutoring
  • Clothing Closet
  • Parent training classes
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Adult job readiness skills
  • Family learning center, home visiting and exceptional education support

  • Yearbook

  • Plant the Seed 
  • Vanderbilt University Peabody School of Education 
  • Global Education 
  • Pencil Foundation 
  • Cumberland River Compact
  • The Davis Family
  • New Seasons Church
  • The Clever Factory
  • Cathedral of Praise
  • The Links, INC.
  • Society of St. Andrews