We believe that too many of the children in our urban neighborhoods are locked out of some basic opportunities made available to others in our society. We further believe it is our collective responsibility to come to the assistance of these valuable “little ones” by offering them the keys to unlock their potential. To that end, Cottage Cove teaches children how to break free of their circumstances and aids them in pursuit of excellence.
Many children learn how to “survive.” If our life goal is survival, we become “takers.” Our aim is to teach children how to succeed. Success transfers focus from immediate needs to planning the future, so that life needs are not life threatening. In pursuit of this, Cottage Cove’s primary activity is an after-school program with an expanded program during the summer and many school breaks. This program is offered free of charge, by full scholarship, to children living in our “at-risk” neighborhoods of Nashville.
All children receive help with their homework and general educational instruction, plus opportunities to develop life skills and acquire a passion for music and the arts. Bible lessons are provided, in which children are taught good character traits and valuable life lessons so they may develop a life of integrity and honor. Most importantly, the children are taught that love is not based upon performance but rather as a result of who they are — God’s children.
Keys to Success & Growth
Homework Help • Tutoring • Reading • Music • Bible Study • Cooking • Art • Photography • Gymnastics • Jewelry Making • Crafts • Structured & Supervised Recreation • Science • Memorization • Woodworking • Computers • Sewing • Public Speaking • Guitar • Piano • Voice • Singing • Gardening • Percussion • Playground • Field Trips • Reward Store • Discipline Structure
Cottage Cove Program Rules
Physical force (i.e. hitting) is not to be used at Cottage Cove, even in play.
Cursing and/or rude gestures will not be tolerated on Cottage Cove property.
Respect for adult authority is to be shown at all times.
Children under five years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children may not use the name of the Lord in vain or use unkind words or phrases, such as "Shut Up," at Cottage Cove.
Children will respect the rights of others at Cottage Cove at all times, showing respect and love to each peer, regardless of personal feelings toward that individual.
We believe it is important for the children to learn that there are consequences for violations of rules and authority systems. For this reason we utilize a three tier discipline system...
Loss of free time (for relatively minor infractions)
Loss of reward store (for more serious infractions)
Loss of a day, or days, at Cottage Cove (for major infractions including open rebellion, lying to an adult, or hitting or physically harming anyone)
Bible Verse Memorization
Believing that children will rise to a challenge, our program encourages children (using rewards) to memorize Scriptures in their free time. This is not just "memorizing to have heard" but rather it is memorizing to remember. To have the twelfth verse heard on a sheet the child must be able to recite in any order the eleven verses before it. A majority of the children in our program memorize multiple verses, with many reaching dozens! Our first four memory verse sheets are linked below for easy access at home…