The center was opened in 1995 and has been accredited by the National Children's Alliance for nine years.
The accreditation membership requires a center to meet 10 standards, which include
The Oklahoman's calls to the National Children's Alliance were not returned.
Morris said reviewers from the alliance visited the center in August, and notified her in October they weren't going to renew the Unzner Centre's accreditation.
Morris said she didn't know the outcome of the review until October, because the reviewers didn't have a traditional exit meeting with her or her staff about their findings. Some of the findings in their report simply aren't true, she said.
An appeal on behalf of the Unzner Centre was sent Monday to the National Children's Alliance. Regardless of the results, it will not help them regain their funding from DHS.
Morris said the state's 2011 money was allocated in October, and no more exists for the
Smothermon said they are looking at other funding alternatives to keep its doors open,
Morris said if no funding is obtained, it may be possible close the center during the day and open it on an as-needed
"At least we could do that until we run out of money to pay the electricity bill," she said.