Slimp Tabbed as Outstanding Child Development Center Director

Bambi Slimp has worked 16 years in CV Tech’s child care facility, which maintains a quality rating of three stars (the maximum in Oklahoma).

May 26, 2017

EL RENO – Bambi Slimp sits in the hub of activity. One of her office windows faces a drop-off point and the other a playground. She literally sits in the middle of it all at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s child development center.

Slimp, 34, of El Reno is the chief communicator with parents as they drop off and pick up their children each day at the school’s top-rated facility.

“I think it’s important for parents to feel comfortable, so I strive to be available,” Slimp said.

She also keeps in constant contact with child care center teachers and spends lots of time with each group of children in the center each day as well as the high school students enrolled in Early Care and Education. Students interact with children in the child development center as part of their curriculum.

The goal? Learning and growth, of course.

“I have a passion to help children develop in appropriate ways,” she said.

Slimp, who has been employed at CV Tech for 16 years, has been recognized with the 2017 Outstanding Center Director award. The statewide honor given is given annually by the Child Development Center and Lab School through Oklahoma City Community College.

She was nominated for the award by Karen Huett, Redlands Community College scholars for excellence coordinator.

Slimp is charged with satisfying stringent national accreditation standards and licensing standards imposed by the state Department of Human Services.  

The child development center re-opened at its El Reno location in January after being located more than three years at Church of Christ South Yukon.

A May 2013 tornado destroyed the El Reno Campus, along with the former child development center facility. Church staff welcomed the center as its mission and outreach project in new space that was designed as a preschool.

Canadian Valley’s new space more than meets the great expectations so many had, Slimp said.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “Every client who sees the facility is in awe. It is really a state-of-the-art facility. 

“Your main priority as a parent is that you want your child to be safe. We have secure access and a storm safe room that is only accessible to those enrolled in the center.”