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Choctaw Nation Opens New Child Development Center

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DURANT, OK -- The Choctaw Nation held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for a new Child Development Center in Durant.  The new multi-million dollar facility has been years in the making.  KTEN's Chris Severy reports.

Take a good look.  The future of our community inside these classrooms at the new Choctaw Nation Child Development Center.  Choctaw Chief GRegory Pyle said, "This is really for the whole community here not just Choctaw.  It's for the whole area here.  Anything we can do for the Bryan County area today is great.  We go to other counties and help the same way.  We really feel that everybody pulling together makes it better for southeast Oklahoma."  The multi-million dollar facility was 5-years in the making.  Money came from the federal and state levels.  The bulk though came from Choctaw Nation businesses.  And even though more than 100 children will learn and grow inside these walls, far too many other children and their parents will still struggle to find reliable and affordable daycare.  That's what has daycare Director Karen Schmitz so concerned.  "We can just base that on how important our children are.  That's where it's at with me.  It's the part of providing a wonderful place for them.  This is going to do that and we're going to work very hard making sure that happens," Schmitz said.  And that's a pledge that Chief Pyle vows to stand behind.  "Children, they are, what you teach them today is what they'll be in the future.  Teach them to be really responsible as children and they'll be responsible adults and take care of their families.  So that's always our love first and foremost," Pyle said.

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