July 2015
Carrie Williams Executive Director
July  Training Schedule 


Outside Summer Activities for Infants & Toddlers

July 21 7-9pm 


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


Food Program Update


Happy July friends, 


One of our favorite things at Rainbow Fleet is adding talented new coworkers to our outstanding team of child care services professionals. That's why we're excited to introduce Jamie England as the new coordinator for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at Rainbow Fleet. 


An Oklahoma native, Jamie lives in Edmond with her husband Chris, and their two children, Emma and Easton. Jamie has a passion for people. Prior to coming to work at Rainbow Fleet, she worked for seven years as a patient advocate at Weightwise Bariatric Center, working closely with dieticians and assisting patients in leading healthy lifestyles. When Jamie is not working, she loves to spend time snow skiing with her family.


Welcome to the team, Jamie!


While we're on the topic, what do you know about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program? 


As a sponsor organization, Rainbow Fleet reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks that meet federal requirements. Reimbursement amounts range from $2.47 for a lunch/dinner to $.20 for a snack. 


All licensed family child care providers are eligible, and the program is free.


We can assist providers with the application process as well as help with program requirements, like creating a menu and the claims submission process. Give Jamie a call at (405) 521-1426 to learn more.


Thanks for reading.


Carrie Williams 



We are teaming with the Child Study Center at the OU Health Science Center to offer a developmental and autism screening day on July 29 at Rainbow Fleet. These screenings are designed to provide a general idea of how a child is developing in the areas language/cognitive, gross/fine motor and personal/social skills. Parents can talk with the development specialists about any questions or concerns, as well as learn about available resources. Call (405) 521-1426 to schedule an appointment. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child during the screening process.

Resource Center Item of the Month

We've added several new items, like this awesome Animal Hopscotch game, to our Resource Center in the last few weeks. Come by to see all the new toys.

  Florencia les envía esta nota:


Florencia Briglie

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Me gusta mucho contactarme con ustedes a través de estas cartas.


Ojalá que el verano sea no muy desagradable para todas y que hayan aprovechado alguna actividad al aire libre donde los niños hayan aprendido cosas nuevas experimentando con la naturaleza. Para ellos el simple hecho de estar al aire libre es una experiencia de aprendizaje y felicidad. Hablemos con ellos de lo que sentimos cuando el sol nos toca el cuerpo, de la importancia de ponernos protector solar, beber mucha agua y mantenernos activos a las horas convenientes para nuestro organismo. 


Comenzamos a ofrecen en Rainbow Fleet evaluaciones gratuitas para niños que sospechamos que puedan tener algún nivel de AUTISMO. La primera será el 29 de JULIO en conjunción con Child Guidance y son totalmente GRATIS. Las familias tienen que hacer una cita llamando a Rainbow Fleet para ese día.


La conferencia de  SECA  en Tulsa, será del  11 al 13 de Febrero del 2016,  donde tendremos la posibilidad de seguir perfeccionándonos ya que se presentarán sesiones en español. El tema de la conferencia es: "The Whole Child in Harmony" ("La armonía completa del niño").


Lo bueno de esta conferencia es que es cerca de OKC y pueden elegir estar los 3 días o uno o dos y volver e ir en el día en auto.


Traten de planificar e ir acuérdense lo importante que es crecer como profesionales, lo importante que es para nosotras y principalmente para los niños que están bajo nuestro cuidado.


El entrenamiento en español de Déficit de la Atención (ADD) en Rainbow Fleet será el 29 de Agosto de 9 am a 12 pm. 


NO se olviden por favor que todos los MIÉRCOLES  durante el mes de JULIO y AGOSTO, la entrada al Zoológico es $1.- por persona. Pueden organizar varias visitas, recorrerlo por sectores, picnic grupal y cuentos sobre los animales que vimos durante la visita.


Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si necesitan algo fbriglie@rainbowfleet.org.


¡Muchas Gracias por su atención!  


Notes from a Nurse


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

Kristen Millican

Back to school season is just around the corner! Very soon, the kids in your center will be getting updated shot records and bringing them in. For child care centers, this is a great time to review all the shot records on file to determine what each child is missing and/or ask for an updated copy from the parents. Remind them to bring in updated records each time they get shots! Summer is the ideal time to take children to be vaccinated. By August, most doctors' offices are booked solid and health department wait times climb! Urge parents to avoid the long lines, the inability to get an appointment and overall stress of waiting until the last minute to get shots by going now!


Remember, if children are on an alternative shot schedule, centers must have more than a doctor's note on file. Each child who is delaying or unable to get certain shots must have an official exemption form in their file. Child care centers should distribute these to the parents if needed, and they must be approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health after being completed. These forms and instructions can be obtained through Immunization Services at 271-4073. 


As always, if you need assistance reading or training staff to read shot records, please call me at 579-2234 and I'd be happy to help!  

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