Local icon, Hattie Baines, to be honored as 2017 Woman of Inspiration
Where do children go when their parents have to work, but can’t afford childcare costs? For years, this was an issue that plagued Williamson County. So, in 1971, the Church Women of Franklin opened the doors to Community Child Care to offer affordable, safe and nurturing childcare for children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
When Hattie Baines, a young educator with an education degree from Tennessee State University and a passion for nurturing children, learned of the new facility, she was quickly hired on.
And for the next 45 years, she devoted herself to providing children in Williamson County’s underserved populations with strong educational foundations in an environment where they could grow and thrive.
On Dec. 30, 2016, Hattie officially retired as Executive Director of Community Child Care, but the effects of her leadership will remain felt for a long time. Hattie has inspired countless numbers of people — teaching young parents that temporary situations did not have to become permanent, and inspiring all she meets to really see the needs of the community and cast their nets wider to address those needs.
So, it’s only fitting that this year’s Patricia Hart Society Woman of Inspiration is Hattie Baines.
On February 10, we’ll gather again for our annual HeART to Heart Luncheon, this year to honor Hattie for her decades of work caring for our community’s children and services to our community.
We hope you’ll consider joining us — the event, which will be held at Embassy Suites at Cool Springs, will also feature a fabulous silent auction that begins at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:10 p.m.
Funds raised by the event go directly to support community programs that work to remove barriers to learning, reduce burdens of financial need and support the community’s most vulnerable.
For more information about the event, visit uwwc.org/heart-to-heart-luncheon/