Good News from CSC
March 2017
Investing in People Across the Lifespan

Ann Domin
Larry Wofford
Vice President
Michael P. Evanson
Steven Nell
Past President
Governing Members
Beau Brock
Barbara Bucholtz
Teresa Burkett
Lanny Endicott
Walter J. Evans
Chris Graber
Robert Ireton
Charlie Jackson
Kerry Lewis
Rick Kelly
April Merrill
Rebecca Nightingale
Denise Reid
John Richer
Matt Rodgers
Paula Shannon
Deborah Shallcross
Stephen Wolff
Resource Members
James Chavez
Karen Davis
Ruth Ann Fate
Sentell Fox
Carole Huff Hicks
Nancy McDonald
Tina Pena
Jill Willey 
Presidential Appointees
Dana Birkes
Peggy Gaskill
Erv Janssen
Gary Percefull 
Senior Staff

Kevin Burr 
Jim Lyall 
Associate Director
Jan Figart 
Associate Director
John Gonsalves
Heather Hope-Hernandez

Chief of External Affairs 

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Bon Voyage

March brought the retirement of Ginny Utter, an ultimate professional and a kind friend.  Ginny's suitcase is always at the ready and she has grand plans for it to accompany her around the country and around the world.  We can't wait to read her post cards.   
Staff News

Welcome to two new, dynamic staff members:

Joni Frank brings to her Executive Assistant role a career in executive management with great skills in problem solving, resource allocation and office administration.  She most recently worked for RSVP in Tulsa.

Sarah Bryson recently earned her Masters in Library and Information  Studies from the University of Oklahoma and is joining the CSC Data Center as an Information and Research Specialist. She previously worked for the CSC COURTs Program.  
Westcott Making an Impact
Tammy Westcott joined three other faculty members from Justice for Vets in St. Augustine earlier this month.  The team facilitated a training for the Veterans Treatment Court team in that jurisdiction.  The three-day training includes lectures and breakout sessions which assist the team in developing their own Veterans Treatment Court from start to finish.  The Florida team was fully engaged and are excited to have the tools to reach veterans in their criminal justice system.  The training will insure that they put into place the best practices and have an effective program for those who have served our country.  Tammy has trained teams all over the nation in the last 4 years and thoroughly enjoys sharing the knowledge gained from the Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court with others.
Super Saturday
On March 4th a Super Saturday Training was offered through The child Care Resource Center that provided an all-day free training and three hours of follow up technical assistance for the 22 child care teachers that attended the training. The fun-filled day of training includes the following two-hour formal trainings:

STEM: It's All Child's Play

This training is the first of three trainings presented by CCRC at our Super Saturday Event! STEM: It's All Child Play will discuss what STEM is and how teachers can use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to enhance their classrooms. Teachers will participate in activities designed to promote "thinking outside of the box" and teaching through play.

Making A Fun Classroom; Interest Centers

This training is the second of three trainings presented by CCRC at our Super Saturday Event! Come learn about making a fun classroom for your students. The training will discuss setting up a positive learning environment while promoting strong interest centers, building relationships, and creative activities.

Sand & Water Play

This is the third of three trainings presented by CCRC at our Super Saturday Event! Enjoy playing with sand & water! Participants will design curriculum themed sand & water play and activities. The training will discuss what children learn while engaging in sand & water play and the importance of this sensory center.
211 Oklahoma Launches Mobile Website Search for 77 Counties

Technology is changing the way people access information.  Using a smart phone to make an actual phone call now ranks 6th in the list of most frequent uses. Community Service Council's 211 is enhancing services to respond to these trends. On March 3rd, 211 was pleased to announce the official launch of, a new mobile website designed to work on any device, and built around a powerful new search engine that makes it easier than ever for users to find what they need.  
The new site is location-aware and uses the location from your computer or mobile device (if enabled) to show results for all locations offering the searched service. Results are statewide and can be narrowed to show services near the user.     
The mobile search is just one of the ways that 211 is responding to the changes in the way people access information. Help is now available by text by sending the message 211OK to 898-211 or for Spanish text a ZIP code + Ayuda to 898-211.  Please help us connect people to help. Post the on social media and websites.  211 Oklahoma posters and cards are available by emailing or sending us a message on the feedback form.    
Preparing to Protect Our Children

February 20th and 21st, The Child Care Resource Center through the Child Care Aware Emergency Preparedness Grant held one four-hour training with 24 participants and one two-hour training with 12 participants from child care centers and family child care homes to learn about the following. Emergency Preparedness, the likelihood of disasters in their area and to, Identify hazards and risks that affect the child care program, Learn leading practices for protecting children in your care and become familiar with state and other regulatory emergency standards.

The goals for the training: Create a written emergency plan that addresses the needs of your program: Create action plan for communicating, practicing and updating the plan. This was a free training to child care programs in our Four county area made available by the Child Care Aware Grant. Items given away were file boxes pre made for simple insertion of important documents required for a child care center or home to have, a crank flashlight radio and a sample disaster kit were shown.
Our Vision  
A community empowered to ignite opportunities and eliminate disparities for all people across the lifespan.

Our Mission
To be a leader in confronting challenges to health, social, education and economic opportunities, and strategically advancing effective community-based solutions. We do this through research, planning, networking, and mobilizing resources.

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