Offices CLOSED Due To Increased COVID-19 Cases

ATTENTION: Delaware Nation offices will be CLOSED January 12th, 13th & 14th, due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Please stay tuned for an official announcement that will be made upon the decision to reopen or not on Monday, January 17, 2022.Below is a list of phone numbers in case of emergencies:Social Services – 405-247-2448 ext.1151Housing – 405-480-2220Voc Rehab OKC – 405-632-3749Voc Rehab Anadarko – 405-247-5873CHR – 405-247-2448 ext.1118

Our Children’s Garden Learning Center Update

There have been exciting things happening here at Our Children’s Garden, LLC. In October, the children and staff dressed up to celebrate Halloween. During November, we participated in a decorating contest for National Native American Reorganization Month. Our program placed second in the decorating contest thanks to all the hard work from the teachers.

There have been more teachers hired and their autobiographies are listed below. Our Children’s Garden LLC is a two-star facility licensed through DHS. We are licensed to care for 45 children. We currently have 28 children enrolled and 5 children that will start after the Christmas holiday. That will make a total of 33 enrolled children. We are currently accepting applications for 2 and 3-year-olds. The infant and 1-year-old classrooms are full at this time so your child would be placed on a waiting list for these classrooms.

Jennifer Adams is the Assistant Director/Education Coordinator at “Our Children’s Garden” child care center. Ms. Jennifer has had a career in child care since 2010, more than 11 years working with all ages including newborns up to 13 years of age. She currently holds her certifications which include CDA in preschool and also the director’s credential. She has 4 children of her own. She looks forward to growing and learning in the new center with the Delaware Nation.

Charlize Brave Heart is a Hatchlings (Infants) Co-Teacher. She is 22 years old with two kids of her own that attend “Our Children’s Garden.” She started working on October 25th, 2021. Having kids of her own has taught her a lot of patience and self-discipline. She has also been very fond of younger children even before having her own. That is why she picked this field, to be able to watch them experience things for the first time is very unique. She has the desire to learn more about young children. Charlize plans to become a Master Teacher and further her education in Child Care.

Kimberly Estrella is a Co-Teacher in the 1-year old classroom at Our Children’s Garden. She started working for the Delaware Tribe on October 25, 2021. She has worked with children & adults with disabilities off and on since she was a Junior in high school (20 years). She has training in ETL I, ETL II, her First Aid Certificate & CPR Certificate. She has 2 daughters that are 20 & 2 that live with her at home. She looks forward to working for the Delaware Nation Tribe for a long time and furthering her education.

Shani Brown is an LPN/Classroom Assistant and started on 11/3/21. She has previously worked in Long Term Care, so she enjoys the change of pace and tasks that Our Children’s Garden provides. She looks forward to coming in every day and watching the kids learn and develop. Shani’s long-term goal is to continue her education in nursing and one day work as a labor and delivery nurse.

Clara Cisco is a Co-teacher for the 1-year old classroom at Our Children’s Garden daycare center. This year is Clara’s first time working in a child care center. She’s had experience working with youth in various camp programs with the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma as a volunteer. Clara is an aspiring Speech-Language Pathologist hoping to help children in the future. She spent two years at the University of Kansas, where she studied Biochemistry. Clara recently attended the University of New Mexico, where she majored in Speech & Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Clara is excited to join Our Children’s Garden and hopes to gain experience to help her grow in her future endeavors.

See staff photos at:
https://dneclc.com/contact/

Monday, June 21st, Is Child Tax Credit Awareness Day!

Posted by the Office of Child Care Administration for Children and Families on 6/21/2021

Help Us Spread the Word About the Largest Child Tax Credit Ever and Learn More at ChildTaxCredit.gov.

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration celebrates Child Tax Credit Awareness Day. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act included historic investments to support low- and middle-income parents who have long faced increasing financial strain, worsened by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Child Tax Credit Awareness Day is meant to ensure that parents know about the ARP Act’s historic expansion of the child tax credit (CTC) and how it will benefit their families.

The CTC Provides Major Tax Relief for Nearly All Working Families

  • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called head of household).
  • The CTC has been expanded to $3,000 per child ages 6–17 years and $3,600 per child younger than age 6.
  • Roughly 39 million households—covering 65 million children (nearly 90 percent of children in the United States)—will automatically receive the new CTC.
  • Starting on July 15th and continuing through the rest of the calendar year, payments of $250 per child between ages 6–17 or $300 per child younger than age 6 will be made monthly (via direct deposit for 80 percent of families and through the mail for the others).
  • The Internal Revenue Service has launched a simplified online tool that will allow families not automatically enrolled in the program to receive the CTC. For more information, visit ChildTaxCredit.gov.

President Biden’s American Families Plan Calls for Extending the CTC for Years and Years

The new CTC enacted in the ARP Act is only available for 2021. President Biden strongly believes that we should extend the new CTC for years to come, and he proposes to do that in his American Families Plan.

Easy Signup for Low-Income Families To Cut Child Poverty in Half

Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief, including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes. If a couple makes less than $24,800, a head of household makes less than $18,650, or a single filer makes less than $12,400, and they have not filed their taxes, a simple, easy tool is available to sign up for the CTC. Learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov.

Help Us Spread the Word

Use June 21st as the occasion to host events, make calls, post on social media to elevate the CTC, or announce future efforts to promote awareness and signups for the CTC. Here are some ways to engage on that day and in the following weeks and months:

  • Host or join events or Zoom calls in your district at family centers, houses of worship, community centers, and other places that families visit and pitch the events or calls to local media.
  • Write and/or place an op-ed about the importance of the CTC in your regional or local media outlet.
  • Participate in a webinar with faith and community leaders to tell them about the CTC and the ways that they can ensure access to the CTC for members of their congregations and communities.
  • Partner with school districts, education leaders, and child care centers to share information with parents.
  • Raise awareness via social media (e.g., write a post, compose a tweet, partner with an advocacy organization for an Instagram Live event).
  • Join local and national broadcasts to discuss the impacts of the CTC.
  • Partner with local sports teams to raise awareness of the CTC through their social media channels, events, and other engagements.

“Our Children’s Garden” Me-Mun-See Hah-Kee Hah-Kun Is Proudly A Two Star Program

The request for certification as a Two Star program became effective on Friday, May 21, 2021, and was determined by meeting the criteria requirements. The Two Star program will never expire as long as the Star criteria are met.

Towards the end of the first year of the Two-Star program, evaluation steps such as the following must be completed: an equipment inventory, survey of parents and personnel, and establish program goals based on the information gathered from the completed health and safety checklist, parent and personnel surveys, CCS approved assessment tool and developed a written plan for meeting these goals.

By applying and meeting Stars criteria, “Our Children’s Garden”, LLC has committed to improving the quality of care within the program. Early childhood research has identified 5 essential practices linked to best outcomes for children. Both minimum Licensing requirements
and Star criteria embrace these 5 essential practices which are:
• basic health and safety
• developmental needs of children
• caregivers relate positively to children
• caregivers are trained, experienced, and have little turnover
• family involvement and communication is encouraged

At “Our Children’s Garden,” LLC, your children will receive the best quality care under the steps of this program and as it provides the highest standards towards child development.

GRAND OPENING May 17, 2021

Welcome!

We are honored that you have chosen “Our Children’s Garden” Me-Mun-See Hah-Kee Hah-Kun Early Childhood Center to care for your child. Our grand opening is May 17, 2021 and we are gladly accepting applications! This is an important time in your child’s life, and we hope to make your child-care experience rewarding for you and your family.

The ELC is a drug and smoke-free facility licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). The Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines (OELG) for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos along with OELG Birth to Five years will be used. We take a great deal of pride in the care our staff provides for our children; we consider both children and parents a part of our ELC family. No question is too small when it comes to the safety and development of your child.

Me-Mun-See Hah-Kee-Hah-Kun “Our Children’s Garden” is located at 810 Delaware Drive in Anadarko, Oklahoma, right off Hardees West, directly South of The Sonic.