Following the potential Oklahoma school shutdowns on April 2, the after-school program Gabriel’s House Academy will extend hours to 7 a.m. — 6 p.m. for first- through third-grade students.
According to the Duncan Banner, Gabriel’s House provides a safe environment after school and will charge $10 a day for currently enrolled students in the program and open enrollment for children with working or full-time student parents for $25 a day.
“Gabriel’s House is all about impacting our children, and we all have kids in school, so we kind of thought ‘What are they going to so?” Gabriel’s House assistant director Dallas Cowen said. “As a working parent myself, I thought ‘What am I going to do?’ The daycares are full and can’t take walk-ins, so basically, the board and Dee (Gabriel’s House director) decided to help relieve stress from the parents and teachers right now, and this is just a way we can serve our community.”
Pre-enrollment forms are available in Gabriel’s House and elementary school offices beginning Monday, April 2. The offer is extended to both Duncan and Empire locations.
“We just got approval to get all this done yesterday, and it’s spreading like wildfire already,” Cowen said. “We’re going to do what we can to serve our kiddos.”
While enrollment is limited, this will ensure the safety of staff and students to properly care for the children, and activities will be planned for the time. Details are still in the works according to Gabriel’s House staff.
Call 580-262-4782 for more information or visit Gabriel’s House website here.
Read the Duncan Banner article here.