November 2015

Dear Friends, 

One of our essential functions here at Rainbow Fleet is to help child care providers grow professionally through various training opportunities.
While these classes help child care professionals access the mandatory training needed to maintain their certifications, they are designed to do much more than simply allow a provider to check off a box. Our staff works diligently to identify and develop training sessions that child care professionals can use on a daily basis. From health and safety to creative play, our trainings are planned with the child care professional mind. We strive to present classes that are informative and fun at the same time.
Through these classes, child care professionals can learn the latest in educational methods, stay up to date on the latest state and federal requirements, learn exciting ways to engage kids in exercise and promote healthy eating. We cover it all!
Visit our website for a complete list of upcoming training opportunities, costs and enrollment information.
Do you have an idea for a class? Are there issues that you think should be addressed through a particular training? Please let us know.
As always, we're here to help.
With the holidays just around the corner, please keep our agency in mind as you shop for gifts and treats. Just shop on AmazonSmile and designate your purchase to help Rainbow Fleet. The company will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to our agency.
With the end of 2015 drawing near, we also ask all of our providers to make sure we have their most current contact information on file. If you've moved, changed telephone numbers or email addresses please let us know.

Thank you for reading, 
Carrie Williams 
Executive Director 

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Mark Mann, Stephen Cortes and Bill Hickman, hosts of the annual Oklahoma City Charity Scotch Tasting, for selecting Rainbow Fleet as this year's beneficiary. We appreciate their support!

Building Brain Activities for Infants and Toddlers
November 9  7:00-9:00pm

Light Up the  Holidays
November 17 7:00-9:00pm

First-Aid and CPR  
November 21 9:00am-5:00pm

November at a Glance 

Don't miss out on the upcoming events Rainbow Fleet has to offer this month!


Caring Van: ( 405) 316-7216  
Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD): 1801 North Moore Avenue, Moore, OK 73160 ( 405) 799-6383
CECPD offers various programs for individuals in the childcare field, some programs offered are R.E.W.A.R.D. Oklahoma, CDA/CCP Advisement, Environmental Rating Scale, ELCCT training, The Leadership Academy, Literacy Programs, Video Lending Library and Oklahoma Registry.
Scholars for Excellence in Child Care
Program Scholars Coordinators:
Oklahoma City Community College,
(South OKC) Bonita Spinner ( 405) 682-1611
Oklahoma State University OKC, (North OKC) Jeff Rosson (4 05) 945-9168 / 1-800-560-4099        
Redlands Community College, (El Reno) Karen Hewitt ( 405) 422-1286
Rose State College, (Midwest City) Jennifer Bachhofer ( 405) 733-7449
The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program will ensure that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director's Certificate of Completion and/or an associate degree in child development or early childhood education.

Reaching for the STARS (DHS): Central Oklahoma-Jennifer Towell ( 405)  522-0256  
STARS is a program held by the State of Oklahoma, that has been implemented to improve the quality of child care for children.


Warmline offers free telephone consultation to child care providers and families on numerous topics of concern. Consultants refer providers to appropriate services and resources within their communities.


Check out these awesome stackable building blocks. Teach kids about colors, sizes and shapes - what great fun! This and many more amazing toys and games are available in our Resource Center. Come and take a look.
Florencia les envía esta nota:
Florencia Briglie 
Resource & Referral Specialist

Estimadas Proveedoras:
Comenzamos un mes nuevo: Noviembre, y estamos muy cerca de fin de año, fines del 2015.
Un proyecto nuevo que tengo para el 2016:
Comenzar a reunirnos con las proveedoras Hispanas en diferentes de las casas que usan para el cuidado infantil.
La idea es juntarnos una vez por mes o mes por medio. Recorrer el lugar, compartir ideas, más o menos 90 minutos como máximo en total conversando de un tema elegido por ustedes.
El objetivo de estos encuentros es el crecimiento como proveedora, el manejo del estrés, el profesionalismo, intercambio de ideas, aprender o recordar nuevos temas.
Les envié a las proveedoras de cuidado infantil en los hogares un mail invitándolas a la reunión.
La primera reunión se realizará en Rainbow Fleet  el martes 10 de noviembre de 2015 a las 7 pm hasta las 8:15 pm más o menos para hablar de los temas que trataremos cuando nos juntemos y cuál será la primera casa que visitaremos. 
Por favor participen si les es posible aunque sea un ratito.
Más adelante si gusta,n podemos hacer algo parecido con las Hispanic Child Care Providers, eso es decisión de ustedes también y quiero trabajar con un grupo a la vez.  
Por supuesto que esto es gratis y voluntario. Esto es un proyecto que tiene que ser de las proveedoras en el futuro. La idea es que con el tiempo ustedes sean totalmente las que manejen estos grupos y que mi misión sea solamente apoyarlas cuando sea necesario.
Si gustan comuníquense conmigo al: 405-525-8783. 
Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si puedo ayudarlas con algo:
¡Muchas Gracias por su atención!
Notes from a Nurse
Kristen Millican, RN, BSN
Cleveland County Health Department
This month's Notes from a Nurse is excerpted from

Parents who choose to delay vaccines, or design their own vaccination schedule, do so because they believe it will be safer for their baby. Unfortunately, the opposite can be true.

Deviating from the well-tested and recommended schedule can actually put a child at greater risk of disease, without ever reducing their risk of adverse events. 

How can it be safe for such a small child to receive so many vaccines at a single visit?
Some parents worry that too many vaccines administered at such a young age may overwhelm a baby's immune system. Some might even believe that this could lead to injury or developmental delay. It's understandable that parents have these fears, but a good hard look at the science indicates that there is simply no evidence to support those fears.

Every day a baby's immune system is bombarded with trillions of new threats in the air they breathe, on the hard surfaces they touch, and in everything they put in their mouths.

While children today receive more immunizations than their parents did, today's vaccines are safer and contain fewer antigens.

Antigens are the elements of the vaccine that contain the weakened or killed versions of the germs that cause the disease. They are the critical part of the vaccine that stimulate the immune response. A child who receives all the recommended vaccines based on the  2014 childhood immunization schedule may be exposed to up to 315 antigens through vaccination by the age of 2However, in 1980, that figure was as high as 3,041 antigens. 

So the argument that today's schedule is more dangerous simply because there are more vaccines is simply not supported.

If we consider the number of antigens in four or five vaccines administered at one time, it pales in comparison to the extensive number of threats that a baby's immune system encounters in their environment every day. Therefore, if life outside the womb isn't enough to overwhelm their immune system, how is it that a few vaccines are too much to handle?

If you're a parent that is willing to vaccinate your child, why wait?

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