Daycare facility opens through help Mvskoke Loan Fund
HENRYETTA, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Sammijo Gryder has always wanted to be a teacher.
“I actually wanted to be a high school history teacher,” she said. “I worked in a Head Start and I fell in love with the youth and how quick they learn.”
From 2007, she said she has worked off an on at different Head Starts and child care facilities.
“I would also volunteer at the schools,” Gryder said.
Gryder and her husband, after his retirement from being a pipeliner, wanted to follow her dreams of opening up a daycare facility.
“That is how Shining Stars Child Care LLC came to be,” Gryder said.
SSCC is a two-star facility through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It is also licensed for 22 children.
She is hoping to make it a three-star facility within the next couple of years.
“The rating or the level of quality determines your star rating,” Gryder said. “Most facilities in Oklahoma are only two-star ratings, which is the highest in being recognized by the state. To be a three-star, the facilities have to be nationally recognized.”
Gryder said she enjoys helping children learn at a young age.
She said they are not currently officially licensed to care for children with disabilities but could help children that have autism or attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
“Depending on the degree of disability,” Gryder said. “We are more than happy and willing to work with parents and try to give them aid in taking care of their children.”
Gryder said she appreciates the Mvskoke Loan Fund for helping her get the facility started.
“I took their classes to help with my business plan,” she said.
She said they also helped her through a loan.
MLF Compliance and Lending Officer Robby Deere said they are happy to see someone’s dream come true through their help.
“It feels pretty awesome to help our citizens,” he said. “I came in late so I was around towards the end of the process for their facility, but seeing this develop to what it is now is pretty amazing.”
Gryder said the Oklahoma Department of Human Services has a teacher-to-student ratio requirement.
She said she is making sure that her classes will exceed the requirement.
“That way the children will get more one-on-one,” she said. “We do not want it overwhelming for the kids and the teachers.”
For more information on what SSCC has to offer, call Gryder at: 918-652-0494 or 918-652-1274.
The facility is located at 102 E. Bollinger St. in Henryetta.