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Downstream Learning Center


The Downstream Learning Center is a child care center that is open only to the employees of the Downstream Casino staff.  DLC accommodates ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Please call the DLC to determine the cost for your child to attend.

The Downstream Learning Center (DLC) provides a developmentally appropriate learning environment that meets the health, safety, and emotional needs of children.  Currently licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (OKDHS). The staff has also reached a Two Star status by OKDHS. The OKDHS Star's program is a Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care facilities. Three Stars being the highest is achieved by becoming accredited, which is a future goal of the DLC.

The DLC accepts subsidies from Tribal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Programs. The CCDF Program assists low income Native American families with the cost of paying for child care while at work, school or training.

DLC offers breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and evening snack. Cots are provided for children to sleep in the evenings while parent(s) are working. The facility opened April 1, 2011 providing the best quality services.

Monthly Update:
Downstream Learning Center enrolled 20 children during the month of July. Welcome to our newest DLC families!

Progress and Accomplishments:
In July, we began a project to improve the ambiance at the DLC by having a local artist come and paint murals on our hallway walls. The children, families & staff love the artwork! We have murals of princesses, big trucks, comic book characters, and more. We are expecting the project to be finished in August.

Happenings & Events:
In July, our children from ages 4 to 12 have been enjoying some fun and educational activities. Our older children took field trips to some exciting locations. Some of the kids were able to attend special screenings of family friendly films in Joplin, such as Night at the Museum, Muppets Most Wanted, and The Lego Movie. Also, in July, the children were able to attend a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The children learned about different types of art from abstract to pastoral, how some artwork is made & inspired, and proper museum etiquette. They had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed our outdoor picnic afterward. Our staff had a wonderful time with the children visiting for the Annual Quapaw Tribal meeting. The children enjoyed the games and activities we had prepared, and we enjoyed their company very much. We look forward to seeing our new friends again next year!

Looking Ahead:
In the month ahead, we are preparing for our school age children to return to their classes. We are going to miss them very much, and look forward to seeing them again on breaks! Also, we have another fun and exciting field trip planned for early August for our school age children before they leave us. We are looking ahead to activities for the coming fall months and the new year as well.



Ph: (918) 919-6500
Fx: (918) 919-6403

Sunday - Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm


During July, DLC enrolled…

 3  in Infants

 2  in Ones

 4  in Twos

 3  in Threes

 5 in Fours-Fives

 3 in Six & Up

 As of July 31st, we had…
160 children enrolled at DLC.


As of July 31st, we had the following subsidies:

19 children—Quapaw Tribe

3 children—Eastern Shawnee Tribe

10 children—Peoria Tribe

6 children—Seneca-Cayuga

5 children—Shawnee Tribe

1 child – Miami Tribe

 for a total of 44 children utilizing the CCDF programs. We have given out 6 additional CCDF program packets this month.

 DCR Subsidy…

As of July 31st, we had a total of 14 children utilizing the Downstream Casino & Resort’s subsidy program.