Handbags (Not Diamonds) are a Girl’s Best Friend

And that Love for Handbags Gives Back to Tulsa’s Children

In September 2018, Crosstown Learning Center marked 49 years of educating children ages six weeks through pre-Kindergarten. Crosstown, which is a 3-star early care center licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), has been continuously accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2000—the first early childhood education center accredited in north Tulsa.

All learning at Crosstown is done through play and reading—children have zero screen time as part of their educational experience at Crosstown. All students enjoy an extension of their classroom on age-appropriate outdoor play space located right outside their doors, and Crosstown’s multi-seat strollers are a familiar and happy sight in the neighborhood.

In November 2011, Crosstown participated in a national research study on autism, which launched the Early Foundations Program at Crosstown. Children at risk for placement on the autism spectrum are taught three half-days per week in a one-on-one setting; they spend the balance of their week at Crosstown in a typical classroom, with their peers.

Crosstown serves children and families at all points on the socioeconomic spectrum, and all families at Crosstown have one or more parents working, or going to school—or both. A number of families receive financial aid through DHS or tribal subsidy, and the budget dollars raised through tuition are supplemented by support from various charitable foundations and donations.

Monday Morning Mimosas

Crosstown’s major fundraiser each year is Monday Morning Mimosas, set for Monday, November 12, 2018, at Southern Hills Country Club. New and gently used handbags are available for silent auction; five retail partners, including Bruce G Weber Precious Jewels, Ida Red General Store, Athleta Utica Square, Luxury Garage Sale, and Dillard’s Promenade Mall will have handbags, accessories, and specialty items available for purchase, and up to 20% of sales at these partners will come back to Crosstown. 

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