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Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

The Wichita STAR Academy, located at 510 E. Mississippi, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, is almost complete. This is our third child-care facility for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. The first facility, the Wichita Child Development Center, provides services for children up to four years old. The second, Wichita School Readiness Program, provides services for children who are ages four to seven, and finally, the Wichita STAR Academy will provide services for ages seven through twelve.

The acronym S.T.A.R. in Wichita STAR Academy stands for STEM, Tutoring, Academics, and Readiness. The completion date for the Wichita STAR Academy is scheduled for late November 2020. Funding for this project is made possible by the Child Care & Development Fund (CCDF). The CCDF grant increase has provided the program the opportunity to build this facility.

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The Wichita STAR Academy will be a fee-based program, and the hours will be from 2:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on school days and 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. when public schools are closed for non-weather-related breaks. All of the programs are open to the community.

The first floor will be the Wichita STAR Academy. The CCDF Administration offices will be on the second floor, with a conference area, a small kitchen for staff training, and monthly parent training/meetings. A teacher resource room will be available for all of our staff needs. The facility will have several areas for creativity, learning, and exercise. There will be a volley wall indoor court - which is also a half-court basketball court, and a cultural, pottery, and crafting area to focus on the arts.

We will have two safe rooms, as well as dedicated areas for science, computers, homework, reading, and more. There will be games projected onto the floor to encourage gross motor development. There will also be a portable kitchen for nutrition and “science” cooking. The Wichita STAR Academy staff will teach STEM activities every day and will focus on helping students achieve results toward grade improvement and graduation, based on The State of Oklahoma educational requirements.

“Our goal is to meet and surpass the state benchmarks, which previously had been a challenge. This will be accomplished by providing an exciting and beautiful new space, and teachers that encourage the children to embrace a love for continuous learning,” says Kathy Hopen, Child Care Services Administrator for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

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