December 2014
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Carrie Bullard Executive Director
December Training Schedule 


Reflective Consultation Building a Supportive Environment for Staff & Families 

Dec. 13  9am-12pm 


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


Happy Holidays


Happy December friends,


Thanksgiving has passed, and now the mad rush to 2015 is on! I know how hectic this time of year can be and wish you all the best as you navigate the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.


If you're planning to avoid the crowds by shopping online this year, please consider purchasing your holiday gifts through Amazon Smile. Our agency is part of this charity program in which Amazon donates 0.5 percent of your eligible purchases to Rainbow Fleet, all at no cost to you. Just shop at and select Rainbow Fleet as your charity of choice.


December also marks the end of the school semester, which means we're saying good-bye to our awesome intern, Macy Butler. A family and child development major at the University of Central Oklahoma, Macy worked with us all semester and did a wonderful job. We'll miss you Macy!


We also need to pass along an update from DHS regarding special needs reimbursement rates.


If you care for a child with disabilities you may qualify for a higher special needs reimbursement rate from DHS. To meet the DHS definition of a child with disabilities, the child must participate in one of the following programs: SoonerStart (IFSP required), Special Education Services (IEP required), or Supplemental Security Income (Health Professional's statement required if the child doesn't participate in SoonerStart or Special Education services). 


Providers should also be aware that the approval process has recently changed. Child care providers can now initiate the process by accessing the revised form 

08AD006E Certification for Special Needs Rate for Licensed Child Care Homes and Centers on the Provider WebParents or guardians will no longer need to contact their DHS workers to begin the process. This should make it easier for more qualified children to be approved for the special needs rate and more providers to receive the higher reimbursement. Contact DHS Child Care Subsidy staff at (405) 521-3931 if you have any questions.


In closing, I want to take the opportunity to thank the many volunteers and patrons who have supported our agency this year. Your generosity makes our services possible.


Happy Holidays,



Carrie Bullard


Resource Center Item of the Month


Excellerations Plush Doctor Kit - Going to the doctor was never more fun! With 10 pieces, including bandages and a stethoscope, this doctor kit contains everything your young MD needs. 

 Florencia les env�a esta nota:

Estimadas Proveedoras:

Quiero compartir con ustedes una de las mejores experiencias en mi carrera profesional:

Tuve la oportunidad de ir a la conferencia "Naeyc" en Dallas la semana pasada por 3 d�as enteros y aprender cosas maravillosas para ayudar a que los ni�os biling�es sean exitosos.

Voy a sintetizar y contarles algunos de los puntos que pueden aplicar como proveedoras para apoyar a los ni�os a que sean biling�es:

  • Planear conversaciones, cuentos y actividades en espa�ol.
  • Si hay un ni�o en el grupo que no habla espa�ol no act�en como un robot que traduce para que el otro ni�o comprenda.
  • Ayuden a que en el ni�o se enfoque en UN idioma a la vez.
  • NO hagan actividades que no est�n relacionadas con el tema que presentamos o que no permitan que el ni�o practique el nuevo vocabulario. Si no relacionan el curr�culo har�n que para el ni�o sea m�s dif�cil aprender las nuevas palabras.
  • �En una misma oraci�n NO mezclen los dos idiomas! Formamos la oraci�n en espa�ol o en ingles pero no mezclamos los dos idiomas en una misma oraci�n. Si lo hacemos confundimos al ni�o y no aprende correctamente la parte gramatical de cada uno de los idiomas.  

Por favor recuerden que pueden llamarme cuando me necesiten para que las visite, para que les mande recursos, o con cualquier inquietud que tengan.

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


Florencia Briglie


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) 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: 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.

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