When exploring the different childcare/ preschool options, my husband, Matt, and I looked no further once we found High Hopes! Like many first-time parents, I was somewhat paranoid (and probably overly cautious) about the safety of my child. I wanted him in a place where I knew he would receive the best care possible! But, unlike many parents that come to High Hopes, my husband and I were not seeking a school for children with special needs. We were aware of the developmental programs offered by High Hopes. However, we just really loved the warm and friendly staff and teachers, the care and attention that each child receives (small class size), and the security. For our son RJ (now 5 years old) and our daughter Maggie-Jo (2 years old), High Hopes has been the only preschool they have...

April 23, 2018

Continuing our round robin of High Hopes’s esteemed directors, the spotlight now shines on the last of these fearless leaders: Melanie Anderson, our Director of Educational Services. This very day, as we publish this spotlight, Melanie celebrates six years of employment with High Hopes, having served the vast majority of that time in her current role. Melanie has remained the Director of Educational Services longer than any other who held the position in the last 15 years. During her time as Director, Melanie has implemented many new programs and protocols to enhance the preschool, fostered a supportive and fun-filled working environment, and completed a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management at Lipscomb University without ever missing a day. Learn how she came to High Hopes and w...

April 19, 2018

Kids are weird. Aren't we all? However, when it comes to differences caused by damage to the brain, it seems we still operate more from fear or a lack of understanding, and many times, understanding only comes through a personal experience. Being the mother of a child with special needs has opened my eyes to ignorance and discrimination, but coincidentally it has also opened up a special pocket of the world that celebrates and shouts inclusion. The Dobsons' family story encompasses struggle and uncertainty, but also joy and community, and discusses the true meaning and impact of the word "inclusion..."

How fast does your heart beat?  I can’t begin to explain how enormous that question is to me.  The words “heart” and “beat” put together are so powerfully magnificent.  Heartbeat- passion, vitality, warmth, health.  I have been listening to heartbeats for the last six years religiously.  The first time I really heard one that I paid attention to was during my first pregnancy with our now six-year-old boy. I imagined motherhood to be this lovely journey full of monograms and Pottery Barn nursery decorations.  I envisioned an altered vaccination schedule and never ever needing to pay for education.  I imagined I would drive a beautiful enormous SUV and retain my rocking Pilates body for the long haul.  And with one heartbeat everything changed. Read about Colleen's motherhood journ...

February 22, 2018

Charlie’s first day of school just so happened to be the day I gave birth to his brother and sister. This was not planned. Nothing about any of my pregnancies or deliveries or mom-life really was. But ever since he turned two, High Hopes was part of the plan. It’s important as a parent of a child with special needs (or any human really) to build your tribe. You need your people. The ones you can rely on to help without question, to offer an ear without judgment, and who “get” your family and how it works. For us, outside of family, it’s High Hopes.

January 15, 2018

We’d like to take a minute to get to know our Executive Director here at High Hopes, Gail Powell!  We sat down with Gail to pick her brain about herself, her job, and her involvement with High Hopes.

Gail has been with High Hopes for several years.  She lives in Franklin with her husband Ben, and together they have three children: two sons Cary and Cayce, and one daughter Kimberly.  With 9 grandchildren to boot, they have a large family.  Gail loves it, she says.  “It’s a lot of fun.”

Gail and Ben are active in their church, where Gail served on the preschool board for about ten years, and both have really grown roots in the Franklin community.

Gail is originally from Amarillo, Texas.  She studied near her hometown, and lived and worked there for many years.  Then one day...

January 8, 2018

Every day at 7 AM, the High Hopes preschool opens its doors to fill eight classrooms with students, both typically developing and with special needs. Each classroom has two to three teachers overseeing our students’ needs throughout the school day, and the bonds formed between these kiddos and their teachers are very strong.

Those of you with children in the preschool have undoubtedly heard your little one talk about their teachers, about their day, what they learned.

But you might wonder what it feels like from the teacher’s perspective, arriving every day to face the joys and the challenges of preschool and inclusion.

One teacher has shared her thoughts on the subject, and she starts it out with these words:


I have the best job.

If I’ve thought it once, I’ve thought it a million...

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