August 2015
Carrie Williams Executive Director
August  Training Schedule 


Child Care Emergency Preparedness

August 5  7-9pm


First-Aid and CPR 

August 8  9:00am-5pm



August 11 7-9pm


Understanding Young Children with Special Developmental Challenges

August 18  7-9pm


For class description, location and cost information visit our website.


Back to School 

Hello friends,


It's August in Oklahoma and that means the temperature is on the rise. It also means it's time to gear up for back to school.


You may not think of Rainbow Fleet for back-to-school materials, but you certainly should. Our incredible Resource Center is a great way to save money on educational and developmental toys, games and books. 


For those who don't know, our Resource Center works much like a library. Members can borrow items, use them for a period of time and then return them to us. We have items that cover topics including math, science, art, literacy, sensory play, gross motor development and much more. 


Membership is only $40 per year. That's often less than the cost of a single new toy! 


Many child care providers already use our Resource Center, but a membership is also great for:


Teachers - Educators can access toys and other items to help enhance the educational experience for students. 


Parents -  Reinforce classroom concepts at home with educational toys and games.


Homeschool - A Resource Center membership also includes the use of a laminator, die-cut and book-binding machines as well as professional training books and videos. 


Membership in our Resource Center is a cost-effective way to regularly introduce new and fun toys, games and books into the learning environment without the expense of purchasing new items. 


Please come by for a tour of our facility and to see all that Rainbow Fleet's Resource Center has to offer. Your children will love the variety and you'll appreciate the savings.


Thanks for reading. 



Carrie Williams



We've added two awesome new coworkers to our already-amazing Rainbow Fleet team. Heather Carlton has joined our staff as a child care consultant. In this role, Heather works with child care providers to improve the quality of their programs. Anthony Coby is our new program assistant. His primary role is to coordinate our Health Bodies, Healthy Minds initiative. Welcome Heather and Anthony!


Resource Center Item of the Month
Your kids will enjoy learning their numbers and practicing counting with these number activity mats. What a great way to make learning fun! Find this and lots of other great  toys  and games in our Resource Center.
  Florencia les envía esta nota:


Florencia Briglie

Estimadas Proveedoras:


¡El calor está terminando y una nueva temporada otoñal está por comenzar aunque, todavía tenemos altas temperaturas! 


A raíz de esto, por favor ¡mucho cuidado todavía con las altas temperaturas!


Es muy importante que, aunque los niños estén expuestos al aire libre aunque sea solo por 15 minutos, tengan protector solar y el cuerpo cubierto. 


Por favor, ¡no nos olvidemos de esta medida de seguridad tan importante!  


Recuerden también los beneficios del salón de recursos  en Rainbow Fleet para su centro de cuidado infantil o casa, ya que hemos adquirido más materiales bilingües o solamente en español. 


También hemos adquirido materiales para trabajar con niños especiales.


Siendo miembros del centro de recursos por solo $40 por año por centro u hogar de cuidado infantil, disfrutan de todos estos beneficios:

  • Elegir hasta 10 juguetes (rompecabezas, cd con rimas y canciones, bolsas temáticas, libros, juguetes multiculturales, juegos de mesa, mochilas con libros para ofrecer la Hora del Cuento)  y compartirlos con sus niños hasta por 1 mes en su centro u hogar de cuidado infantil.
  • Laminadora
  • Troqueladora

Si gustan comuníquense conmigo al: 405-525-8783 y visitan el centro de recursos sin ningún compromiso.   


También, el 29 de Agosto de 9 am a 12 pm, tendremos el entrenamiento en español de Déficit de la Atención (ADD) en el niño. 

Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si puedo ayudarlas con algo:


¡Muchas Gracias por su atención! 


Notes from a Nurse


By Kristen Millican, RN, BSN, Immunization Nurse at the Cleveland County Health Department 

Kristen Millican

Recently, Oklahoma has seen a rise in Shigella cases, especially in the child care setting. Shigella is a diarrheal illness caused by the Shigella bacteria. Symptoms include mild to severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and sometimes blood or mucous in the stool. Shigella can be spread by direct or indirect fecal-oral contact. People who have shigellosis and do not wash their hands after they use the bathroom can contaminate objects (toys, food, water, etc.) which others then put into their mouths. 

Shigellosis can move quickly through groups of diapered children for three reasons:

  • Shigella is VERY infectious. It can take as few as ten bacteria to cause illness.
  • It can be passed in stools for as long as four weeks after the beginning of symptoms. Even if a person does not feel sick anymore, they can still pass Shigella to others if handwashing habits are poor.
  • Children have poor hand hygiene.

The average time between exposure and symptoms is one to three days and symptoms usually resolve in five to seven days. Most people with shigellosis recover with rest and drinking plenty of fluids, however, some people require hospitalization for treatment of dehydration and supportive care. 


What can be done to prevent shigellosis?

  • The most important way to prevent the spread of Shigella is thorough hand washing with warm water and soap. People should be especially careful to wash their hands after diapering a child, going to the bathroom and before eating, or preparing food.
  • Day care providers should supervise hand washing of all children that are wearing diapers or are not completely toilet-trained.
  • Do not allow children to attend day care with diarrhea or allow staff to work if they have diarrhea. 

Shigella is a reportable disease so the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is typically notified quickly by the child's doctor or lab that a patient is positive. From there, the county health departments will take action to investigate the case and see if anyone else in the center was exposed. If your child care center has experienced a case of Shigella, your county health department will contact you for information and with further instructions for the staff and families of the children exposed. 


For more information, go to: or


Kristen Millican, RN, BSN

Cleveland County Health Department


Helpful Contacts



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 (405) 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)



STARS is a program held by the State of Oklahoma, that has been implemented to improve the quality of child care for children.


Warmline: 1-888-574-5437


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.

Rainbow Fleet 
3024 Paseo 
Oklahoma City, OK 73103