Keeping kids active
January 2016
Happy 2016 friends.

The new year brings cold weather to our state, and that means less outdoor playtime for our kids. Keeping children active and entertained when it's too cold to play outside can be a challenge. We want to keep youngsters moving and learning, but options can be limited.

One antidote to winter's boredom is to join the CATCH Kids Club.

Rainbow Fleet partners with the Oklahoma City/County Health Department to offer this great program which promotes physical activity and healthy habits. 

CATCH, which stands for Coordinated Approach To Child Health, addresses nutrition, exercise and family involvement. Kids learn about making healthy food choices and providers learn how to have fun while promoting physical exercise. The program also provides resources to help families extend these components into the home. 

Participating providers receive instructions and suggestions to implement the program into the child care environment. Providers who complete the CATCH Kids Club training have free access to special materials, including activity boxes and toys. 

If you're interested, just visit our website to find out about our next training opportunity. Don't forget, we also have tons of great toys and games available in our Resource Center as well. Give us a call to schedule a visit.

If you have any creative indoor activities, please send them along. We'll share your ideas on our Facebook page.

As always, thanks for reading.
Carrie Williams
Executive Director

P.S. The Department of Human Services is hosting a public hearing on the Child Care and Development Fund Plan for federal fiscal years 2016-2018. The discussion is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at Oklahoma History Center. DHS is seeking public input from the early childhood community and parents to help guide the development of the state plan.

P.P.S January is also the time for severe winter storms. The beginning of the year is a good time to make sure your severe weather plans are in place and your family handbooks are up to date with that information. If you need any assistance, the staff at Rainbow Fleet is happy to help. 

January at a Glance
Don't miss out on the  upcoming events
Rainbow Fleet has to offer this month!
Learning Every Day: Ready, Set, Plan! 
Jan. 14  7-9pm

First Aid and CPR
Jan. 16  9am-5pm

Strangers, Dangers and Lockdowns!!!
Jan. 21  7-9pm

Communication and Inclusion of 
 with Special Needs 
Jan. 28  7-9pm
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
Pet Clinic - Let's Pretend Writing Box
What a fun way to learn about words and numbers! The Pet Clinic Writing Box,  along with many other great educational toys, is available in our Resource Center.

Florencia les envía esta nota:
Florencia Briglie 
Resource & Referral Specialist

Estimadas Proveedoras:

¡Hola estimadas proveedoras! FELIZ AÑO NUEVO! ¡Espero que todo o la mayoría de sus planes se cumplan este año que comienza! 2016 puede llegar a ser un año de muchos logros.
Quiero que recuerden que lo importante en todo lo que hagamos es la actitud con la que tomamos la vida.
Hay una frase que la tengo en mi escritorio que especialmente tengo un día difícil la leo varias veces:
" 10% son las circunstancias de la vida y el otro 90 % es como nosotros hacemos frente y manejamos esas circunstancias".
Con esto, quiero decirles que nos propongamos luchar por nuestros ideales, que saquemos fuerzas para vencer barreras, que no nos desmoralicemos si encontramos piedras en el camino; un año nuevo es un desafío en todos los sentidos. 
Aprovechemos todas y cada una de las circunstancias para crecer como personas y como profesionales.
Hagamos una lista de las cosas que deseamos realizar, las que queremos lograr para tener éxito y todos los días mirémosla para inspirarnos.

¡FELIZ 2016!

¡Recuerden que a partir de enero cambia el costo de la inscripción para la participación en la conferencia de SECA! 

Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si puedo ayudarlas con algo:
¡Muchas Gracias por su atención!

Rainbow Fleet
3024 Paseo     
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
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