The funding for the day care program comes from the Department of Social Services and the Head Start program is federally funded. The agency continues to explore all funding opportunities with plans of opening another child care center in 2004.
The in owns and operates the Happy Days child care center. Broken Bow is located in the southwestern region of the state at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. The population is 4,239 and the median household income was $18,068 in 2000. Families typically work in factory jobs with the two largest industries in plywood and a poultry processing plant.
The Happy Days child care center provides care for children ages six weeks to five years old. The center is licensed for 80 children at a time. Currently four children attend the center full time and 105 children attend the center part time, some in the morning, some in the afternoon. The agencies Head Start program utilizes some of the space during hours when children are in regular school. The center hours are 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
One of Little Dixie Community Action Agencies goals was to provide access to affordable innovative client focused child care to low-income families seeking greater economic self-sufficiency.
In 1986 the Little Dixie Community Action Agency along with the Kiamichi Development purchased the child care business with CSA funds. The Kiamichi Development (for profit agency) operates the child care center and is under the umbrella of Little Dixie Community Action Agency and guided under the same executive director.
The child care center is completely self-sufficient and continues to show a profit. The center does receive Title 20 funding for the school lunch program. Per Diem rates are charged to the parents. On days their child is not at the center they are not expected to
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