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Oklahoma City, Tulsa to get $10 million child care centers

Arizona-based company plans to open Children's Learning Adventure centers early next year.
BY HILLARY MCLAIN Published: July 13, 2013

An Arizona-based day care company will begin construction on two $10 million day care facilities — one in Oklahoma City and another in Tulsa — within the next three months.

The Children's Learning Adventure centers will each be about 25,000 square feet. They are set to open in early 2014.

Rates for the facilities have not yet been calculated, but should be competitive with other local day cares, said Connie Johnson, education vice president for Children's Learning Adventure. The centers will accept children from six weeks old to 12 or 13 years old.

The company is accepting applications for employment, CEO Rick Sodja said. Hiring will begin at the end of December or early January.

Parents can sign up to attend the grand opening on the center's website, Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and facilities typically fill quickly, Sodja said. The centers usually remain at 80 to 100 percent full.

The centers offer education for all levels, as well as after-school and summer programs, Johnson said. The teaching is aimed at supporting brain development, helping build attention systems, and developing language and communication.

Johnson said the center has specialty classrooms children rotate between in small groups. These include a science room, indoor gym, cooking room, play rooms and several outdoor recreational facilities.

Children are also taught Spanish and sign language, Johnson said.

The Oklahoma City location, just north of Quail Springs Mall, will have a capacity of about 400 children.