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Oklahoma City Educare names director

Staff Report

The board members of Oklahoma City Educare have named  as the new director of the year-round early childhood school for low-income children from birth to 5 years old, said Oklahoma City Educare chair Bob Ross.

Means has served as interim director of early childhood programs for Sunbeam Family Services and Educare since October.

Sunbeam Family Services provides counseling, foster care, senior services and early childhood education programs, including serving as managing partner of Oklahoma City Educare. Means has been employed by Sunbeam Family Services since 2005.

Throughout her career, Means has shown a dedication to young people as an Adolescent Family Life Project advocate and research assistant with Emerson Alternative School and as a substitute teacher for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

“I especially enjoy providing our young students with the tools to learn, not just for the years they are with us at Educare, but for the rest of their lives,” Means said.

Means has an Oklahoma state teaching certificate and is a certified trainer for the Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC) program. She is involved in the Oklahoma Infant/Toddler Advisory Group, Leadership Oklahoma City, LOYAL Class II and a contributing member of the Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines.

About Oklahoma City Educare

Oklahoma City Educare serves 212 at-risk children from birth to 5 years old with year-round, high-quality early childhood education and specialized care. It opened in July 2009. Visit

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