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"Invest in the human soul. Who knows,
it may be a diamond in the rough."

Mary McLeod Bethune      
                 1875 - 1955
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Mary Bethune Academy, formerly Bethune Nursery School, is a United Way of Central Virginia Partner Agency. We are located at 2249 Halifax Street, one block from the campus of Virginia University of Lynchburg, Children from Lynchburg and neighboring counties utilize the services offered by the center. Located in a former elementary school building, the facility lends itself to the ages of the children served. The classrooms are large and bright and the atmosphere welcoming and child friendly.

MBA is incorporated and governed by a Board of Directors. Since 1936, MBA has provided child care for children between two and five years of age. While children from all socio-economic backgrounds have attended MBA, emphasis is placed on the needs of inner city and at-risk families. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of these families to help them improve their lifestyles.

As a non-profit agency serving primarily low income families, MBA has faced financial challenges over the years. The building MBA occupies is owned by the City of Lynchburg and is virtually rent free to the program. However, costs of maintenance and upkeep are MBA’s responsibility.

We rely heavily on our fees as the major source of income. In addition, MBA receives Federal Food reimbursement as well as a United Way allocation on a monthly basis.

MBA operates between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:30 PM and uses a school bus to transport many of our children to and from school.

MBA has a long and proud history of overcoming challenges to provide quality services to children and families in the Lynchburg community. The "MBA family" recognizes that we must face changes positively in order to continue to grow and improve our program.


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Renovations to MBA have begun with funds from the CDBG.
Below is the entrance before renovations to the entrance. Ill-fitting storm doors without the ability to lock, or protect from the elements.

Below, is part of the new look coming to MBA. Commercial glass doors extending to the top of the entrance. Secure and weatherproof to the elements.

About Our Name

Bethune Nursery School, Inc. has  implemented a name change.
This web site was launched under the new name that was approved by
the Board of Directors. Bethune Nursery School, Inc. has filed
the appropriate papers with all authorities.
Mary Bethune Academy


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Bethune Nursery School, Inc.
T/A Mary Bethune Academy
2249 Halifax Street
Phone 434-847-4221   Fax 434-847-0441
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

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