Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children



Owasso Campus Dedicates Child Development Center

Carol and Robert Woods cutting the ribbon with Tony Kennedy, OBHC President
A resident at New Life Cottage shares her testimony
Young mother sharing with the group, holding her baby - Lois Schara encouraging her
An alumni and her daughter shared a personal testimony
Two residents and an alumna shared how the program has been a blessing and benefited them and their children.  Also pictured is Lois Schara, Director of Maternity Services.

On Sunday, July 20th, 2008, the Owasso campus dedicated the newly renovated Child Development Center during a special ceremony at the Administration Center.  The renovation was made possible by a gift provided by Robert and Carol Woods in memory of Carol’s parents Carlton and Myrtle Updike.  Over fifty family members, staff and current residents of the campus maternity programs were in attendance.  The gift not only provided for the renovation of the existing facility but also provides for operational expenses for the care and nurturing of the babies and infants for years to come.
The Updike and Woods families

The Child Development Center started in 2002 to provide for infant and toddler care services on the campus for the Adolescent Mother and Child (AMC) program. AMC mothers needed to return to their educational opportunities as quickly as possible and often could not because of the lack of adequate and immediately available infant care services.  Our young mothers often had to wait several weeks before their infant could be accepted into an established community day care facility or faced challenges when their infant could not attend because of illness or other unusual circumstances.

The Child Development Center provides a host of services for the AMC program residents.

  • First, we are able to integrate services to the mother with the needs of the infant.  We can more quickly recognize problems and issues with bonding, appropriate interaction and nurturing of their infants.
  • Second, we can develop interventions, therapies and guidance for each mother as needed to help her develop a healthy relationship with her child, learn appropriate parenting skills, continue with vocational training, independent living skills and common-sense guidance.
  • Third, we can monitor the infant for foundational developmental milestones and provide special interventions, therapeutic milieus and appropriate services when required and coordinate activities and therapies with the mother.
  • Fourth, our staff are very invested in both the infant and mother’s life and well being – far beyond the typical day care personnel.
Robert and Carol Woods

The campus wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to Robert and Carol Woods for their love and concern for children.  We are so grateful for the opportunities that the Carlton and Myrtle Updike Child Development Center will provide for the infants and toddlers of the Baptist Children’s Home, where we are striving “to help children to become capable, caring Christian adults . . . by providing hope and homes.”

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