Welcome to Ave Maria Child Development Center managed by Bright Horizons

Meet the Center Director

Ashley Cox

M-F: 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 918-494-1501

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Our Educational Programs

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Infants

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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Toddler/Twos

An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Preschool

Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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School-Aged

Where children become engaged learners who take pride in academic achievement

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Meet Our Teaching Team

Tonya D.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: I love how each child takes something different from the discoveries we embark on.

Teaching since: 1985

Alica A.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love seeing the children's curiosity and watching as they learn and discover new things.

Teaching since: 2000

Cathryn C.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: Watching the children learn makes me very happy.

Teaching since: 1990

Debra S.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I get to see the kids discover something new every day.

Teaching since: 2007

Karrie M.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: children are our future and I want to be a positive role model and do my best to make a difference.

Teaching since: 1995

Ashley L.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I get to help them learn and grow into their own person.

Teaching since: 2011

Jayne S.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: My Great Aunt Elsie was a teacher and always read to me as i was growing up. I believe she instilled in me a love of teaching young children.

Teaching since: 1978

Molly J.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: children are fun to be around.

Teaching since: 2007

Jordan A.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to watch them grow and learn new things.

Teaching since: 2011

Laura C.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I love children and seeing their sense of wonder in learning new things and experiences.

Teaching since: 1980

Azalea W.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: i get a chance to care for children and to teach them how to care in return.

Teaching since: 1999

Lucy Y.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching the children smile and helping them learn and grow. I also enjoy working with the families.

Teaching since: 1997

Carla B.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to watch the babies in my care accomplish many milestones. I get to share that wonderful feeling and excitement with the families.

Teaching since: 1998

Maria G.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I love watching the children grow and learn new things ever day.

Teaching since: 2015

Melissa D.

Twos Classroom

I love teaching because: I want to know i made an impact on a child's life when they were in my class.

Teaching since: 2012

Sheree S.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to interact with the kids and watch them grow. Just to know i have made a difference in a child's life brings joy to my heart.

Teaching since: 2002

Katelyn D.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: i love to watch them learn and grow.

Teaching since: 2016

Brandi B.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: Seeing children accomplish physical and educational milestones is very rewarding and I am honored to be a part of their success.

Teaching since: 2016

Tiffany B.

Preschool Classroom

I love teaching because: Children inspire me to be a kid and make learning fun.

Teaching since: 2011

Ciara A.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I get inspired by encouraging children to do their best.

Teaching since: 2010

Shelby W.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I love to be around kids and see them grow.

Teaching since: 2017

Ashley K.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I enjoy watching a child learn new things and encouraging them to try.

Teaching since: 2015

Isabella G.

Infant Classroom

I love teaching because: I get to see the joy and excitement the children get when they learn something new or figure something out they couldn't before.

Teaching since: 2017

Kristen K.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: The children are percist and willing to take risks.

Teaching since: 2017

Elizabeth B.

Toddler Classroom

I love teaching because: I want to make a positive impact for these kids. I want them to know they can do anything if they believe.

Teaching since: 2013

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The World at Their Fingertips

Our own World at Their Fingertips® curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts. Designed by our education team, it’s created to support these important early years, to inspire children to be bold explorers today and joyful, confident learners for life.

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Literacy, language, and love of books cultivated through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Science Rocks

Spurring a sense of wonder through observations and experiments in which we ask questions and form, record, and describe conclusions.

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Art Smart

Fostering an interest and appreciation of art, music, theater and dance, while encouraging individual talents and artistic expression.

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Math Counts

Early math concepts experienced through counting, sorting, patterning, one-on-one correspondence, and problem solving.

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Well Aware

Healthy living developed through physical activity, good nutrition, and healthful habits incorporated into every day routines.

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Towards a Better World

Experiences and activities designed to help children learn to respect our world, its diverse people, and the environment we live in.

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Caring Matters

Support for important social skills including compromise, self-regulation, negotiating with peers, and forming positive relationships.

“My appreciation for the teachers at Bright Horizons goes beyond the words that I can express. They extend themselves daily to our children's learning. Both of my sons were more than prepared to move forward in Kindergarten, thanks to Bright Horizons.”

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Jessica F. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Thank you so much for taking care of our baby girl. She always smiles when she sees you at drop off and we can tell she is happy. We appreciate that more than we can put into words. ”

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Christine H. -Bright Horizons Parent

“Bright Horizons has created a wonderful environment for our children to grow and thrive. I am grateful knowing that my son is developing in a safe, healthy, and happy place surrounded by an outstanding staff. Your positive attitude and ability to connect with the kids makes every day better.”

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Allison Q. -Bright Horizons Parent

“It brings so much peace of mind knowing our daughter loves going to school. Bright Horizons welcomed her into their Toddler classroom with open arms, and ever since, she has flourished mentally and physically.”

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Ashley G. -Bright Horizons Parent

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Healthy Food for Growing Children

Healthy food is part of children’s development. Our menus align with our wellness commitment to Partnership for Healthier America. By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.

Early Education Awards & Partnerships

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