Thank You for Your Supportgiving

As a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, High Hopes Development Center relies solely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. High Hopes is proud that out of every dollar given, 82 cents goes directly to our children through programs and services.

On behalf of over 600 families who benefited during our 2015-2016 fiscal year from High Hopes, thank you for your desire to partner with us and for believing in our amazing children.

Over $1,057,450 was raised  for our capital campaign and operating expenses to assist our neighbors, friends, and coworkers’ children with and without special needs living in our community.
544 children and  youth benefited from 18,830 visits for physical, occupational, speech, and/or feeding therapy
 128 children ages six weeks to six years received 126,360 instructional hours in our inclusive preschool
 621 volunteers donated over 7,643 hours as baby rockers, singers and story-tellers, board members, photographers, special event hands, landscapers, and smile-givers
 Over 600 families in our COMMUNITY are a part of the HIGH HOPES FAMILY being provided encouragement, training, education, and loving support for their unique challenges.

What is the mission of High Hopes?

The mission of High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic is to equip children, youth, and their families with skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.

The heart of our mission aims to give all young individuals the tools to lead fulfilling lives from childhood through adulthood. For children with special needs, especially, life can present extra obstacles, whether physically, mentally, or socially. High Hopes offers many resources, through our Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic, to help children conquer obstacles and develop a strong foundation for their future.

In addition to the core services we provide, High Hopes is a place of respite for the hard-working families of children with special needs.  We provide a unique environment where families can entrust the care of their children to individuals with expert knowledge and abounding love for them.

What is High Hopes?

The two collaborative parts of High Hopes Development Center are The Thompson Preschool, which teaches and nurtures typically-developing children and children with special needs, side-by-side in the same classroom and The Hoover Therapy Clinic, which offers multiple high-quality therapeutic services that help to enhance developmental skills and minimize potential developmental delays.

With both branches located on the same site, children with special needs are able to receive beneficial socialization at school and attend therapy sessions, with ease.  The direct interface between teachers and therapists allows a constant flow of knowledge and support that improves the education of all children.

The inclusive environment of High Hopes Development Center is truly unique.  With regular interaction of children with special needs and typically-developing children, ALL children learn character-building traits including acceptance of others, equality no matter the ability level, teamwork, diversity, and true friendship. Children learn at an early age that we are all different....and that is okay.

Why do the children of High Hopes need your help?

Tamaki-on-PlaygroundOur families’ needs are our number one priority. We strive to offer the highest quality of education and therapy services at the lowest cost possible, as many of these young families are already financially stressed from the cost of providing for a child with special needs. One of our patrons calculated that their family spent an extra $30,000 per year, after insurance, to provide for the special needs of their child. It is for these families, whom we care for so greatly, that we keep our prices so low, despite the high cost of providing quality services.  View some of our Personal Stories to hear, directly from our families, how High Hopes has impacted their lives.


Would you like more information about giving to High Hopes?

Cheryl Dean, Director of Development & Marketing, is happy to speak with individuals and groups to share the stories of High Hopes. If you, your business or school would like to learn more about giving opportunities at High Hopes, contact Cheryl at 615.550.1437 or We are always delighted to share the stories of our amazing children who daily defy statistics.

High Hopes, Inc. is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization, IRS Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) and 509(a)(1) for both federal and state tax purposes.
Our federal tax identification number is 62-1210720.

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Testimonial

    "Teachers & therapists love the work they do"

    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...

    Learning to "eat like a boss!" ~ Anaya

    Anaya came home from Arkansas at 15 months old.  She had the most vibrant personality and we were smitten with her immediately!  At 15 months, she had never eaten food orally, nor even knew what that required.  She had a feeding tube as her main source of nutrition.

    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...

    Miracles Delivered through High Hopes ~ Caleb

    Caleb was born a perfectly healthy little boy July 11, 2012.  Two weeks later our world was turned upside down when he developed bacterial meningitis.  This  journey resulted in a month-long stay at Vanderbilt and life-long effects for Caleb of significant frontal lobe brain damage and risk of seizures.

    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...

    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

    Our journey with High Hopes began in January 2006.  After relocating to Nashville, we were looking for a place for daycare and therapy for our then eight-month old daughter, Caroline, who was born with Down syndrome.  What we found in High Hopes was so much more.

    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...

    From a tragic beginning to a hopeful future: Meet Grayson

    Grayson was born with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  His withdrawals were so severe, he was in the hospital for three and a half months and was considered one of the worst cases of withdrawals that the nurses at Vanderbilt had ever seen.   As a result of his birth circumstances, Grayson often experienced respiratory distress and was diagnosed as significantly developmentally delayed.

    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...

    Meet Hatcher

    Hatcher, Stories of HopeHigh Hopes changes lives. My son, Hatcher, came to High Hopes at age one with Down syndrome and leukemia, unable to walk or talk. As a divorced mom with the responsibility of two older children and a baby that required multiple treatments and medical appointments, I could not work outside our home and applied for food stamps just to feed my children.

    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...

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