Free Child Care Now Offered

The Sunbeam Family Services Center (1100 NW Fourth St.) is now enrolling 100 babies and toddlers in its free early education centers and other sites throughout Oklahoma City.

Infants to age 3 are eligible for the program, which is open to income eligible families with child care subsidy.

“Your children deserve the best,” said Paula Gates, chief program officer at Sunbeam. 

“Sunbeam is a leader in early childhood education,” she continued.

“As an early Head Start provider for central Oklahoma, we offer a low teacher-child ratio, with which children are able to receive more personalized attention from highly-educated staff,” she explained.

“Our centers are open and are here to serve your family.”

The non-profit agency’s early education centers provide full-day, full-year services at 15 early education centers, including Educare Oklahoma City, Pierce Early Education Center and Millwood Early Education Center.

“Sunbeam is committed to helping children develop strong social skills, including self-confidence and emerge better prepared for kindergarten,” the program director pointed out.

“ In addition to high quality early education services, children enjoy free, healthy and tasty snacks and meals. “Children also receive free physical and dental examinations, immunizations, health screenings and any necessary follow-up services.”

The agency is also enrolling children in its early childhood Home Visitation Program, the program director noted.

“This program provides weekly home visits with educational experiences for children and parents in the home. Parents and children participate in group socialization twice a month that provide children developmental activities, where parents engage in learning with their children and with one another,” she pointed out.

“This program also provides comprehensive services to parents and children in the areas of education, health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities and social services.”

To participate in the Home Visitation Program, a family does not need to qualify for child care subsidy, the program director noted.

Sunbeam’s early education centers,  work with  sites and Home Visitation Program support children from infant to age 3.

The programs are open to children who qualify for state Department of Human Services subsidy; children who are from families who receive public assistance (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income); children from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines; children raised by their grandparents; children from families experiencing homelessness; and pregnant women.

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