of Ponca City... Quality Early Education and Child Care

Early Education

Opportunities for social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth are provided 

​Health & Safety

FREE annual vision, dental, hearing Social/Emotional/Developmental screenings as needed.



We believe that every child is unique and will grow at his or her own pace. Our teachers spend time nurturing children’s strengths and encouraging them to reach new heights.

All clients must meet income and family size eligibility requirements. 

Ages 6 weeks to 5 years (no school age)

Our nature play-scapes encourage children's imagination and creativity.


One CHILD at a time


The CDC opened its doors on January 15, 1967 in the rent free activity center of First Christain Church. The center was licensed under the Department of Child Welfare, now Department of Human Services, Childcare division. During its faithful support of the CDC, Church Women United provided many types of fund raisers until its desolve in 1999. Many of the womens church groups still play an important support roll for the center.  

During its first few years, the CDC operated on volunteer services and took into consideration the families ability to pay tuition. Today, the center has a full time staff of 24 individuals who meet Oklahoma's vigorous requirements for child care teachers. The center cares for child care assisted families, tribal assisted families and families who private pay tuition rates are based on total family income and size. (sliding scale rates). The Kaye Motz scholarship fund allows for limited "approved" assistance to families who have needs that are out of their control. 

Before settling in the present location at 702 E. Grand Avenue, the center was housed in two additional locations, the old Attucks school library and the old Jefferson School building. 

In 2011, a community capital campaign began to relocated the CDC to ensure a safe environment for young children of the community. We are blessed to have had a great support system in Ponca City where young children are important and valued!

The CDC has a volunteer board who donate their time and energies toward making a great environment for young children. Two major fund drives; "Flamingo Flocking" and the "Flight of the Flamingos" Golf Classic are the boards efforts to increase operational funds.