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Kahne learning academy 160x100Officials from the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma recently opened the Kah-Ne Learning Academy. NEO has partnered with the Peoria Tribe to open a daycare center located on campus. This facility is open to the public with priority going to NEO students, Peoria members, and members of other tribes.

“The Peoria Tribe Early Childhood Program is excited for this new opportunity and the future growth of our partnership,” said Jolynn Kaiser, Early Childhood Director for the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

The academy will provide child care and early learning for 15-20 children who are three to five years old. The application for the program is open now. You do not have to be a member of any tribe to be eligible for this program. You can apply for the academy by going to  Peoria Tribe Application.

“I am thrilled NEO A&M is going to be able to assist students on campus with quality child care options,” said Ashlee Jackson, Early Childhood Education Instructor. “Finding childcare while trying to attend school is one of the largest hurdles our students with children face. Anything we can do to support them is amazing.”

With the addition of the Kah-Ne Learning Academy, NEO received a CCAMPIS grant. This grant will offset childcare fees for low-income NEO students, and hire a part-time wrap-around services coordinator between the Kah-Ne Learning Academy and NEO. Students can apply for this assistance by contacting Sheri Shyers, NEO CAMPISS Grant Coordinator at sheri.shyers@neo.edu or 918-540-6242.

Patrons can also receive assistance from the state or any of the nine tribes in the area. The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has people who can assist with filling out the applications for state or tribal subsidies to help offset childcare costs.

For more information please contact Jolynn Kaiser, Director of Early Childhood for the Peoria Tribe, at earlychildhood@peoriatribe.com or 918-544-6389.

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