Donation expedites reopening of child care center

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Little Wyatt Reed

YUKON, OK – Connecticut-based “Save the Children” has graciously donated more than $5,000 in age-appropriate toys and books so that Canadian Valley Technology Center’s child care center could re-open on Monday.

Deborah White, Canadian Valley’s Early Care and Education instructor, said the toys were a requirement of the state Department of Human Services that oversees the center.

Canadian Valley’s child care center sustained heavy damage in the May 31st tornado that swept through parts of Canadian County. National Weather Service reports indicate that the storm was at its strongest just west of Canadian Valley’s El Reno Campus, reaching wind speeds of 295 mph and covering a U.S. record 2.6-mile path.

“We found out about this organization through our DHS licensing agent,” said Bambi Slimp, Child Care Lab Manager. “She made a phone call, and we were put in touch with Chloe Chambers, whom Save the Children had deployed to Moore to work on the tornado recovery there.”

White said the organization also promised to pay for fencing for a preschool area of the playground, which was another licensing requirement.

“This church has been so good to open their arms and their campus to us,” she said. “Whatever we have needed in terms of facilities, they have provided.”

The child care center is a working laboratory for Canadian Valley’s Early Care students during the school year. The facility has earned a top-tier, three-star rating by its accrediting agency.

Save the Children is not to be confused with Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children, which has also helped Canadian Valley by providing workers with gloves, flashlights and other supplies, as well as water and sports drinks.