FEBRUARY BUSINESS: Camelot Child Development

Camelot Owners, Management and Long-term StaffThe founders of Camelot Child Development didn’t just like the name Camelot, they created an environment where everyone matters and a management style that values every idea.

Camelot Child Development has created its own version of a ‘round table.’ ”We listen to everybody. We respect everybody,” explained Debbie Barnes, who co-owns Camelot with Dr. Irvin H. Heller and his wife Frankie. “It’s a respectful, kind, welcoming environment.”

Camelot administration follows a simple set of standards by putting children first, then parents, then staff and management.

Now in its 10th year, Camelot employs kind, gentle instructors who are given everything they need to teach—starting with supplies and a provided curriculum. Administration and teachers work together on the curriculum so that teachers, once in the classroom, can make the interaction with students their top priority. A provided curriculum also ensures consistency across Camelot’s three locations and increases program quality.

Barnes describes Camelot Child Development as a full-circle and full-service facility, offering all meals, bus transportation to Edmond Public Schools and Deer Creek Schools, and reasonable rates with no extra supply fees. Camelot has large playgrounds and climbing units that are great for physical development. Camelot also provides a summer school age program complete with character building activities and field trips.

Camelot offers an age appropriate curriculum that emphasizes mathematics, phonics, science and art, while challenging children to use their imaginations to create without a predetermined end result.

Camelot’s Pre-K program prepares children for the public school system mentally, socially and academically.

The Deer Creek and Edmond Santa Fe locations cater to about 200 students ages six weeks through 12 years, while Quail Pointe serves 100 students ages six weeks through five years of age.

“You know your director and they know your families,” Barnes said. Most teachers in the building know all the kids, not just some.”

Camelot Child Development locations: 24 NW 146th Street in Edmond, 13925 Quail Pointe Drive (Memorial and May), and 19000 N. May serving Deer Creek. Hours 6:30am-6pm, M-F. Call 254-5220 for more information.

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