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St. Mary Villa…

  • Caring for children for over 150 years, starting as an orphanage in the mid 1800’s.
  • Successfully providing quality child care services as an early learning center for over 30 years.
  • Beneficiary of the United Way, awarded on measurable and documented results.


St. Mary Villa…

  • Is a licensed child care center with a capacity of 99 children.
  • Participates in the State of Tennessee Star Quality rating system.
  • Has consistently earned the highest “Three Star Rating” for organization and performance in staffing, training, family involvement and services, the highest awarded to a child care center. 
  • Is an incorporated Tennessee non-profit agency recognized by the US Treasury and IRS
  • Governed by a Board of Trust, appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville.

Motivated by the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church

  • Supporting families by providing a safe, healthy, nurturing and multi-cultural environment.
  • Promoting intellectual, physical, social and moral development of young children.
  • Responding to all children and families with love and care.  
  • We offer:
    • Affordable, quality day care
    • After school care and educational programs
    • The history of St. Mary Villa begins in the mid-nineteenth century in response to family and social disruption following the American Civil War.
St. Mary Villa tailors its programs according to each child's needs based on evaluation and strategic planning activities


St. Mary Villa Board of Trust Term - Expiration
President 2019-2020
Melissa Dunn 2021
Vice President 2019-2020
Frank Caruso 2021
Treasurer 2019-2020
Frank Caruso 2021
Secretary 2019-2020
Amelia Gesch 2023
Hannah Cassidy 2025
Beth Ciaramitaro 2020
Traci Marcrum 2025
Amy Smith 2022
Ann Waddey 2020
Catholic Charities Representative
Shandy Husmann 2018
The Management Team of St. Mary Villa is composed of:

Executive Director – Alyssa Garnett has over 12 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. She has a passion for helping families and creating an environment where all children learn!


Alyssa Garnett

Phone: 629-203-8703  

Email: agarnett@stmaryvilla.org                                                                            

Administrative Assistant – Laurie Hopwood welcomes new families, maintains waiting lists, manages documentation, and assists the school throughout the day.                                                                                      


Laurie Hopwood

Phone: 629-203-8700 

Email: lhopwood@stmaryvilla.org

Instructional Coach-  Nancy McClellan has been an instructional coach for SMV for many years.  She loves working with the children and teachers to create a culture of learning emotionally and academically.


Nancy McClellan

Email: nmcclellan@stmaryvilla.org 

After School Coordinator – Lori Flemming manages our after school program with a wealth of experience and care!


Lori Flemming 

Phone: 615-277-9656

Email: lbeanflemming@gmail.com

Family Coach-  Samatha DiPeri provides assistant for our families through the Family Empowerment Program in conjunction with Catholic Charities and United Way.  She also coordinates our women's group and some of family activities.


Samantha DiPeri

Phone: 615-917-1437

email: sdiperi@cctenn.org

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  • St. Mary Villa provides services on a sliding scale according to the family’s household income.
  • Our ability to offer reduced fees is dependent on donations from individuals and organizations.
  • St. Mary Villa is a recognized non-profit, ALLOWING ALL DONATIONS  TO BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

"How Can I Help?"


1. Financial Support


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Donate by Mail



Donations may be sent via Postal Mail to:

St. Mary Villa Child Development Center
at St. Vincent de Paul
1704 Heiman Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37208




2. Donated Items


Wish List

  • We always welcome donations of new or well-handled children’s books and toys. 
  • Feel free to drop them by our school during business hours M-F 6:00 M – 6:00 PM. 


3. Time and Talent


  • We appreciate students, parents and friends who are willing to volunteer their time to read to children, contribute to classroom activities and support administration.
  • Participate in play-yard maintenance and improvement events throughout the year.
  • Please contact us! We will connect your talents with our program.



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Saint Mary Villa
Child Development Center

1704 Heiman Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Phone: 629.203.8700
Email: info@stmaryvilla.org

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