High-Quality Early Care and Education for your Child
Sunbeam is a leader in early childhood education and care. We are enrolling children ages birth to 3 in our early education programs and partner sites in Oklahoma City. This FREE program is open to income-eligible families with child care subsidy. Sunbeam offers:
- Each room has 2 teachers engaging with 8 children instead of 1 teacher watching 8 children.
- Access to FREE physical and dental examinations, immunizations, health screenings, and any necessary follow-up services.
- FREE healthy, tasty snacks and meals.
- Support for children with disabilities.
- FREE support for your family outside of school.
- Centers are clean, safe, and fun.
Who can apply?
- children who qualify for DHS subsidy
- children from families who receive public assistance, such as TANF or SSI
- children with disabilities children in foster care, regardless of income
- children from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines
- children being raised by their grandparents
- children from families experiencing homelessness
- pregnant women
How do I learn more information about enrolling my child?
Call 405.609.3308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Begins Long Before a Child Starts Kindergarten
Scientific research shows relationships with adult caregivers build a strong foundation of neural connections in the brain by age 3 Access to high-quality early childhood education is essential to the future success of babies, toddlers, and their families. Children who are not prepared to start school at age five are at risk of never catching up, leaving an achievement gap that can persist throughout their entire lives. This gap can be linked to social and economic problems later in life, including illiteracy, teen pregnancy, and high dropout rates.
Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers Prepare Children for Success
With support from donors and community partners, Sunbeam’s early education centers prepare young children from prenatal to five to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to be ready for school – and beyond.
Thanks to support from donors and community partners, Sunbeam’s early education centers provided children from under-resourced neighborhoods with high-quality Early Head Start education through Home Visitation services and full-day, full-year center-based services at more than 20 locations across Oklahoma City.
Sunbeam’s goals align with Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines and Creative Curriculum/Teaching Strategies (TS) GOLD curricula and assessment tools. The five major goal areas are: Social-Emotional, Language and Literacy, Approaches to Learning, Cognition and General Knowledge and Physical Well-Being.
Sunbeam Empower Families
Sunbeam creates a foundation for continued achievement and readiness for school by building community support among schools, teachers, and families. Families are involved in every aspect of their child’s learning and development, as well as their own personal and professional development.
- Family Advocates help families problem-solve, locate resources within the community, and to set and achieve goals.
- Through the monthly Parent Committee Meetings, families have the opportunity to meet and network with other families to share ideas and engage in discussion about their children’s learning and experiences.
- Families involved in the Policy Council participate in program planning and decision making, including topics such as: program goals and objectives, policies and procedures, program monitoring, and program funding proposals.
- The Health Services Advisory Committee and Education Committee provide families with opportunities to assist with the guidance of health-related services and classroom curriculum activities.
- Families are invited to volunteer in their child’s classroom, apply for employment opportunities, join in Parent-Child Interaction activities, and participate in monthly Parent Education Workshops.
- Male/Father Engagement activities are offered monthly to encourage father figures and male family members to be actively involved in their child life, learning, and child rearing.
As Sunbeam’s flagship early education center, Educare Oklahoma City is part of the Educare Learning Newtork (ELN). This network of schools is widely respected as one of the nation’s most effective early childhood models and uses an approach that extends beyond the classroom to help children, families, and neighborhoods thrive. As its incubator of best practices from around the country, Sunbeam leverages the expertise at Educare OKC by sharing it with all of its early education centers across Oklahoma City.
Independent evaluations of children enrolled at Educare OKC were provided by Anselm Learning. Educare OKC teachers gather data at progress checkpoints quarterly and children receive quarterly mental health assessments, evaluations, and referrals, as needed, for additional services.
Educare OKC partners with a variety of organizations to provide services
These partners include: Inasmuch Foundation, Hearts for Hearing, OK DHS, OU HSC, OKC Community College, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, Tony Reyes Bilingual Child Development Center, OKC Public Schools, Friends of Sunbeam, Chesapeake Energy, the Junior League of OKC, and Community Action Agency.
Pierce Early Education Center – Now Open
Pierce Early Education Center, which was repurposed as part of OKCPS’ Pathway to Greatness Plan, prepares 96 toddlers and babies from birth to three for school readiness.
Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers and partner sites include: Childcare Network, Educare Oklahoma City, Emerson’s Little Wonders, Harbison Early Education Center, Hope at ReMerge, Linwood Early Learning Center, Little Gators – Gatewood Early Learning Center, Little Hearts Child Development Center, Millwood Early Education Center (opening in 2020), Pierce Early Education Center, Positive Tomorrows, South West Child Development Center, Tony Reyes Bilingual Child Development Center, U.S. Grant’s Little Generals and WovenLife. With the addition of Millwood Early Education Center, Millwood Public Schools is working to serve children from birth through college on its campus.