October 2015
Carrie Williams Executive Director
October  Training Schedule 
Writing with Preschoolers
Oct.1 7-9 pm
Behavior and Guidance of Young Children 
Oct.6  7-9pm

DHS Inquiry Training 
Oct.6 9am-12pm

Parenting Styles and Teaching Styles: Which Style Are You?
Oct.10 9am-11pm
Accident & Disease Prevention 
Oct.15 7-9pm

First-Aid and CPR
Oct.17 9am-5pm

Math and Science with Young Children 
Oct.22 7 - 9pm

Discovering Treasure: Heuristic Play for Infants and Toddlers 
Oct.27 7-9pm

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

Immunization Records 
Happy Fall everyone,

We're finishing up a busy summer season at Rainbow Fleet that saw us welcome amazing new team members and introduce some great new programs. We are excited about the work we do to enhance the quality of life for children, their families and child care professionals.

I wanted to take a few minutes this month to discuss an important topic, immunizations, and specifically to pass along a few resources to help child care providers learn about and comply with Oklahoma's requirements as they relate to the child care environment.

According to the 2014 Child Care Guide to Immunizations in Oklahoma, "Enforcement of the child care immunization law is the responsibility of child care and Head Start directors. It is one of the most important responsibilities they encounter. The diseases that vaccines prevent are very dangerous and can be deadly. Vaccines are the best way to protect children from the diseases. Enforcement of the immunization requirements is one of the best ways to make sure that all children are vaccinated on time."

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed a handy web page with detailed information on the requirements for child care providers and a variety of resources to aid in your compliance efforts. The web page also provides links to information about immunizations and the diseases they were created to prevent.

Additionally, we are offering an informative training class this month on accident and disease prevention that includes an update on current immunization requirements. This class will also provide an overview of health and safety principles covering topics such as sanitation, food safety, use of a fire extinguisher and more. The training is scheduled for 7-9p.m. on Oct. 15 here at Rainbow Fleet. 

Information is key when it comes to immunizations and the legal responsibilities of child care providers, and Rainbow Fleet is here to help.

Thanks for reading.

Carrie Williams
Executive Director 

P.S. Stop by Rainbow Fleet during October's First Friday Gallery Walk to learn more about immunizations and see works the talented art students at Deer Creek High School.
Resource Center Item of the Month
Let's Get Moving! Numbers and Counting Kit
What a fun game! The Let's Get Moving! Numbers and Counting Kit gets kids active while learning numbers. This awesome game is just one of the many great toys and games in our Resource Center. Stop by for a visit.

  Florencia les envía esta nota:

Florencia Briglie
Estimadas Proveedoras:

Octubre esta acá nomas....... ¡comenzamos con el otoño, con los dulces y disfraces! Y se va acercando la época de frio y en que aparecen más enfermedades. Por eso, pensé que sería  muy bueno tener a mano el calendario de vacunación por si hay alguna familia que necesite información o está interesada en ponerse al día con las vacunas de su niño. Recuerden de no estresarse si los niños han sido vacunados en otros países. Las enfermeras ya conocen los códigos y nombres de las vacunas en países hispanos. Cuando tengan una oportunidad y quieran estar bien informadas respecto a este tema, pueden revisar esta página de internet: www.cdc.gov. En esta página  encontraran  información sobre las vacunas que necesitan los niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años de edad; busquen un folleto en español con este nombre:
"201 5 Vacunas recomendadas para niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años de edad" .
Si necesitan algo más de información por favor contáctenme que con mucho gusto les enviaré el material que encuentre en español para ustedes y los padres.
Tratemos de suplantar en este mes los dulces por otra cosa: gelatina, trocitos de fruta, galletas de salvado con alguna forma pintoresca....pensemos, inventemos. Tengo también material para mandarles si necesitan sobre este tema que va a ayudar a que los niños desarrollen la imaginación y que coman más saludablemente.
Si gustan comuníquense conmigo al: 405-525-8783.
Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si puedo ayudarlas con 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

Flu season is right around the corner! Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. It's also a great time to teach good hand washing technique to kids, and how to cover coughs and sneezes. Check out these Lesson Plans for Teaching Children about Flu
Flu virus spreads through droplets in the air when the infected person coughs, sneeze or talks, and from the surfaces where these droplets land. So be sure to wash those hands and clean up any germs on surfaces! If you do become sick, studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best when they are started in the first 48 hours after symptoms appear. 
To prevent this flu season from becoming severe, get your flu vaccine and practice good hand washing to reduce the spread of germs!

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 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