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Downstream Learning Center

Overview

The Downstream Learning Center is a childcare center that is open only to the employees of the Downstream Casino staff.  DLC accommodates ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Please call the DLC to determine the cost for your child to attend.

The Downstream Learning Center (DLC) provides a developmentally appropriate learning environment that meets the health, safety, and emotional needs of children.  Currently licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (OKDHS). The staff has also reached a Two Star status by OKDHS. The OKDHS Star's program is a Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care facilities. Three Stars being the highest is achieved by becoming accredited, which is a future goal of the DLC.

The DLC accepts subsidies from Tribal ChildCare Development Fund (CCDF) Programs. The CCDF Program assists low income Native American families with the cost of paying for child care while at work, school or training.

DLC offers breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and evening snack. Cots are provided for children to sleep in the evenings while parent(s) are working. Services at Downstream Learning Center have been provided since 2011.

Monthly Update:
In December 2018, Downstream Learning Center enrolled 10 new children during the month. Welcome to our newest DLC families!

Progress and Accomplishments:

All of our teachers, who came due in December have completed their annual 20 hours of training and will start working towards training for next year. Most of our staff are complete, or near complete who come due in December.

December events were busy for each classroom.  The four- and five-year-old class donated several boxes of toys to a  local outreach program. The three-year-old class did several winter and Christmas themed art projects. The two-year-old class dressed up as Santa's elves. The one-year-olds made stocking and handprint coasters for their parents. School-age children explored a milk jug igloo and did several winter-themed activities.  Santa came to visit the center, and children took photos with him. Each class had a Christmas party, and Santa visited each class.

Happenings & Events:
We are preparing for the new year in all of our classes. School age children took a field trip to the skating rink for some fun before they return to school.  Classes will be working on new year crafts and learning writing skills using nursery rhymes and various activities using interactive children's songs.

Our teachers have worked very hard to create a fun and exciting curriculum that will gear learning toward a preschool setting. The new curriculum focuses on kindergarten preparedness and social awareness. Each month has its own theme and sub-themes to keep children interested. Children are enjoying writing their names and numbers, counting in Spanish, learning sign language, having cutting practice, and doing line practice.



Looking Ahead:
We are looking forward to a fun new year. New Year's themes for classroom curricula. School-age children will return to school after spending Christmas break with us makes us sad, but we look forward to them returning for summer break.  New teachers have exciting classroom plans, so the next few months should be exciting.






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DSLC
Contact
Rachale Brown, Director

Email

Ph: (918) 919-6500
Fax: (918) 919-6403

Hours
Sunday - Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm


ENROLLMENT FACTS:

During December, DLC enrolled…

 1  in Infants

 2  in Ones

 0  in Twos

 4  in Threes

 1 in Fours-Fives

 2 in Six & Up

As of December 31, 2018 we had…
203 children enrolled at DLC.  Several children were placed on leaves of absence.

 TRIBAL SUBSIDY…

As of December 31, 2018, we had the following subsidies:

25 children - Quapaw Tribe

4 children - Eastern Shawnee Tribe

17 children - Peoria Tribe

2 children - Shawnee Tribe

1 children - Miami Tribe

4 children - Wyandotte Nation

12 children - Ottawa Tribe

2 children - State of Kansas

11 children - State of Missouri

 …with a total of 65 children utilizing the CCDF programs and 13 children utilizing state subsidy programs. We have given out 4 additional program packets this month.