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July 2, 2011

Muskogee Day Nursery provides encouragement for children to grow

Muskogee Day Nursery was founded in 1904 as a mission of the Interdenominational Mission Study Group. In 1933, the name was changed to Muskogee Welfare Association, which remains the organization’s legal name today. Possibly the oldest child care center in Oklahoma, Muskogee Day Nursery has the mission to provide an environment where teachers and caregivers, working together with families, can offer programs which encourage children (age 1 year to 11 years) to develop socially emotionally, physically, cognitively, and creatively.

Muskogee Day Nursery provides day care, early childhood after-school programs and day camp programs for school-age children during Christmas and spring breaks and throughout the summer. Child care is provided at reduced fees to families who don’t qualify for child care subsidies but are still unable to afford child care. There are no enrollment fees and no charges for vacation or sick days.  

The preschool program features age-appropriate lessons and activities that help children learn colors, numbers and letters. Afternoons are filled with art, music and outdoor play. Snacks, lunch and naps also are important parts of each day. The after-school program serves students attending the Muskogee Public Schools Early Childhood Center. The school provides bus transportation from the center to Muskogee Day Nursery. Enrollment for the 2011-2012 after school program begins in late July.

The summer camp program for students age 6 to 11 runs from June 1 through Aug. 5. The theme for this year’s program is gardening using the Cherokee Nation gardening program. Art, music and dance are a big part of the summer camp program as well. Other activities include nutrition programs presented by OSU Extension and the Oklahoma Health Department and American Red Cross programs on stranger danger and disaster preparedness.

All programs at Muskogee Day Nursery provide children with ample opportunities for outdoor play during good weather with large playground areas including soccer and basketball goals as well as playground equipment. Additionally, literacy is a primary focus for all three programs as the organization works with both the Muskogee Public Library literacy program and Volunteers of America’s book program to provide reading instruction and books to the children.  

The 14 staff at Muskogee Day Nursery are dedicated to providing quality education and recreational activities for the children. Several hold degrees in early childhood education, and several more are currently working toward their early childhood degrees. Additionally, all staff are required to take 20 hours of continuing education each year in health, safety, CPR and first aid. The quality of the programs at Muskogee Day Nursery is evident in the fact that children who age out of the programs at age 12 return as volunteers with the Youth Volunteer Corps, and some even return as adults to work at Muskogee Day Nursery. In addition, there are families have been bringing their children to Muskogee Day Nursery for three generations.  

For more information about Muskogee Day Nursery, contact Linda Call at 682-8871 or muskogee_day@yahoo.com.

To recommend an organization or program for an upcoming column, contact Rebecca Walkup at 683-4600 or rwalkup@thenonprofitresourcecenter.org.

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