February 2015
Carrie Bullard Executive Director
February Training Schedule 


DHS Inquiry

Feb. 3 7-9pm

First-Aid & CPR

Feb. 17 7-9pm



Feb. 12 7-9pm


Accident & Disease Prevention

Feb. 17 79pm


Building Relationships

Feb. 19 7-9pm


Brain Development

Feb. 24 7-9pm


Brain Development

Feb. 28 7-9pm


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

CATCH a Great Training at 
Rainbow Fleet

Happy February,


We have some exciting news to announce this month, so let's get right to it.


Rainbow Fleet is partnering with the Oklahoma City/County Health Department to bring the CATCH Kids Club program to our child care providers. This innovative program has three components, physical activity, healthy habits and nutrition and family involvement, and comes with activities, sample plans, lessons, scripts, tip sheets and more. It's based on the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program and designed to be fun for kids and providers.


Trainings for the program will begin soon, so keep an eye on the schedule. You're going to love this program.


As, I'm sure you know, our state's legislature convened its annual session this month. In order to keep our lawmakers informed on issues impacting child care and child care providers, we're asking for providers' help in gathering private-pay enrollment information. Please fill out the attached form and return by email, fax or mail. We can also help you complete the form over the phone or in person.


We realize you're busy, so as a thank you to all who participate, we'll be giving away some great prizes. Every provider who completes the information form will be entered into a drawing to win a Resource Center membership, a free training or a basket of learning materials.


One of the great things about Rainbow Fleet is working alongside a wonderful group of volunteers and supporters who serve on our board of directors. The board recently elected the officer group that will lead our agency in 2015.


Mike Gibson, a partner at McGladrey, LLP, has been elected board president. Becky Roten, a community leader, will serve as president-elect. Matilda Clements, community leader, has been elected secretary. Shelley Deck, vice-president of taxation and finance at American Fidelity Corporation, is will serve as treasurer.


We're fortunate to have an outstanding group of volunteers who serve on our board and are excited to have such a dynamic leadership team.


That's all for this month. Thanks for reading and for supporting Rainbow Fleet.





Carrie Bullard




Did you see a Rainbow Fleet story on TV or in print? We had a blast showing our Resource Center to KWTV and Telemundo. Our agency was also featured in the January issue of Linked Magazine. These stories have generated lots of interest in our agency and the services we provide. If you know of a parent or provider who is unfamiliar with Rainbow Fleet, please pass this email along and let them know that we're here to help.

Resource Center Item of the Month


Resource Center Item of the Month: Paddington Birthday Party Floor Puzzle


Everybody loves a birthday party! With 36 pieces, your kids will enjoy this fun Paddington puzzle. This and hundreds of other toys, games, books and puzzles are available in our Resource Center. Stop by for a tour!

 Florencia les env�a esta nota:

Estimada Proveedoras:


Espero que hayan comenzado el a�o con energ�a y

entusiasmo, que est�n trabajando en las nuevas metas y que parte de ellas sean desarrollarnos m�s como profesionales.


Como les hab�a contado la vez anterior (uno de mis proyectos para el 2015 es estar m�s cerca de ustedes) ya he comenzado a trabajar en esto.


Hemos tenido en Rainbow Fleet un excelente

entrenamiento para proveedoras en el mes de enero todo en espa�ol: "Early Birds". Los comentarios h

an sido muy buenos y lo mejor es que las proveedoras me han dicho que han aprendido mucho.

Ojal� que en el futuro cercano podamos tener m�s de estos entrenamientos ya que s� que son muy necesarios en nuestra comunidad; si tienen alg�n tema que les gustar�a que tengamos entrenamiento por favor no duden en enviarme un mensaje de correo electr�nico.


A la brevedad voy a estar contact�ndolas telef�nicamente para poner al d�a su informaci�n y la de su centro o casa, en nuestra base de datos.


Esto es fundamental para Rainbow Fleet y para ustedes como proveedoras; ya que de esta manera podemos enviarle m�s clientes y saber exactamente qu� tipos de servicios ustedes ofrecen.


Nuestro trabajo es
UNO DE LOS TRABAJOS MAS IMPORTANTES ya que la relaci�n que mantenemos con el ni�o que est� bajo nuestro cuidado diario, lo marcar� por el resto 


Gracias por su atenci�n, espero que les haya servido la




Notes from a Nurse

Preventing the spread of germs on surfaces 

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


Studies show that the most effective way to reduce the spread of germs is through frequent hand washing, but how does that translate into a child care setting? Young children love to wash their hands, but mainly to enjoy the bubbles and water play! Getting them to do it properly can sometimes take some effort. The trick to washing hands is lathering well and making sure to scrub for a full 20 seconds. For kids, it can b

e fun to sing Twinkle Twinkle all the way through twice while they scrub! And remember, if soap and water

are not available, use an alcohol-based wipe or hand gel. 

In addition to hand washing, surfaces must be disinfected too.  

Did you know?

  • Cold viruses can live on a surface for up to 7 days
  • Influenza viruses can live on surfaces 24 hours
  • RSV can survive on countertops for up to 6 hours
  • Salmonella and campylobacter can live for 1-4 hours on surfaces and fabrics
  • In one study, C difficile was shown to survive for five months on surfaces
  • MRSA can survive for days to weeks on a surface

From: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/how-long-do-bacteria-and-viruses-live-outside-the-body.aspx

Cleaning and/or disinfecting surfaces


Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. Cleaning removes germs from surfaces - whereas disinfecting actually
destroys them. While surfaces may
look clean, many infectious germs may be lurking around. Disinfectants are specifically registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contain ingredients that actually


bacteria and other germs. Check the product label to make sure it says "Disinfectant" and has an EPA registration number. Disinfect those areas where there can be large numbers of germs that can spread to others. If an EPA-registered disinfectant is not available, use a fresh chlorine bleach solution.


To make and use the solution:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water. For a larger supply of disinfectant, add � cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
  • Apply the solution to the surface with a cloth.
  • Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the surface with clean water.
  • Discard this bleach solution after 24 hours!
Helpful Contacts



Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD): 1801 North Moore Avenue, Moore, OK 73160 (405) 799-6383 www.cecpd.org


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) 522-0256 www.okdhs.org


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