OKCPS Celebrates Grand Opening of Little Generals Daycare
On Thursday, August 16, OKCPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel and other district leaders gathered at U.S. Grant High School for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the school's brand new childcare facility for teen parents, called "Little Generals Daycare."
"At U.S. Grant we believe in being a community school. That means removing as many barriers to a students' education as we can," said Principal Greg Frederick. "For some students that might mean helping their family with food resources or providing them with a school uniform or a bus pass for transportation. For our teen parents, however, the barriers are great. For most, the option to continue their education usually meant online school, or at best, alternative school. Through our new partnership with Sunbeam Family Services, our pregnant and parenting teens now have the options to continue their education and graduate from their home school - the neighborhood school in which they started their high school careers and with the teachers and staff they have come to know and trust. Those relationships are vital to our students' success. With the addition of U.S. Grant's Little Generals childcare center, we can remove a big obstacle that might otherwise stop a student from completing high school. Not only are these student-parents provided childcare services for their child, but they are also scheduled to spend one period during the school day inside the daycare to work with the teachers, learning how to care for their babies and nurture their educational development. Students also have the option to enroll into a career-tech class here at U.S. Grant that, by completion, will certify them with a license to work in early child care, giving them a job skill that they can graduate with and be work-ready."