Keeping Kids Active
February 2016

Caring for young children is a rewarding career. Child care providers can have a major positive influence on a child at a critical time in his/her life, and a compassionate and knowledgeable caregiver is what every parent wants for their child.

That's why I'm constantly encouraged as we meet with providers who are always striving to be better at their jobs. I love to sit in on our various training sessions and watch providers interact with our presenters and each other. The advice and real-world tips that often flow freely about the training room are invaluable. There's no better voice than the voice of experience.

One of the most important services we provide here at Rainbow Fleet are the various training opportunities we offer for child care professionals. While the trainings are designed to help providers meet their continuing education requirements, we strive to make them so much more.

We search for relevant topics and experienced experts. We want our sessions to be educational, but enjoyable as well. Our goal is to help our providers be the best child care professionals they can be. We also partner with other agencies to offer unique and timely sessions, expanding the opportunities available to our providers. From first aid and nutrition classes to self regulation and socialization skills, our classes are designed to deliver valuable information and insight to make your job easier and improve the level of care in every facility.

Visit our website to see the upcoming schedule of training opportunities. I hope to see you in a class soon.

Thanks for reading.
Carrie Williams
Executive Director

February at a Glance
Don't miss out on the  upcoming events
Rainbow Fleet has to offer this month!
Learning Environments   
Feb. 18  7-9pm

First Aid and CPR 
Feb. 20  9am- 5:00pm

Helpful Contacts

Caring Van: (405) 316-7216  
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 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.

Resource Center Item of the Month

The Angry Monster Machine
Teach kids to control anger and verbalize frustrations with this great game from our Resource Center.

Notes from a Nurse 
Kristen Millican, RN, BSN
Cleveland County Health Department

Rainbow Fleet Article 
Feb 2016
Is It Strep Throat?

A sore throat is a common ailment this time of year. Sore throats can be caused by many things like allergens in the air, viruses or bacteria. While some sore throats get better on their own, some require treatment. Strep throat is one of these requiring treatment. Strep is caused by a bacteria that can be found in your throat and on your skin. 

The most common symptoms of strep throat include:


*Sore throat, usually starts quickly and can cause severe pain when swallowing

*A fever (101°F or above)

*Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus

*Tiny, red spots on the roof of the mouth 

*Headache, nausea or vomiting

*Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck

Sometimes strep can live even live in the nose and throat without causing symptoms. It is spread when a person coughs, sneezes or blows their nose and the droplets get into the air. It can also be spread when sharing saliva or utensils. If you are exposed to strep, you'll usually start to feel sick within five days or so. 

If you think you have strep, you should go to the doctor so they can run a simple test. If you come up positive, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, which will kill the bacteria. It is important to take all 10 days of the antibiotic to make sure you have treated the infection. In rare situations, untreated strep can cause bigger problems like arthritis or heart problems from a disease called rheumatic fever. 

People with strep throat should stay home from work, school or daycare until they have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours so they don't spread the infection to others. 

If someone in your house has strep throat, you might get it. But following these tips can help protect you:


*Wash your hands regularly

*Cover coughs and sneezes

*Wash all utensils and dishes in hot soapy water

*Keep cuts and scrapes covered because strep can get in your skin too

Rainbow Fleet
3024 Paseo     
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
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