Rainbow Fleet on a Roll
December 2015

T hanksgiving has passed and Christmas is just around the corner. We have lots of great information to pass along this month so let's get started! 

We have some big news to announce early next year , but I'm so excited that I just couldn't wait to give you a sneak peek . In just a few weeks, Rainbow Fleet will be mobile once again . Thanks to a generous donation from United Way of Norman , we are currently outfitting a van to serve as a mobile resource center. 

The van will allow our agency to more easily bring our services to child care providers. The van will be stocked with items from our Resource Center and will be driven by a child development specialist. We can't wait to be back on the road! More details are coming soon.

We also recently received a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics through the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center that should interest many child care providers and the families you serve. This grant will allow us to train child care professionals on how to conduct developmental screenings and connect families to any necessary resources.

The developmental screenings we offer here at Rainbow Fleet are always in demand so we know this program will be popular with providers and families. We're pleased to team with our partners at OUHSC to expand this successful program.

Our friends from the Oklahoma City Charity Scotch Tasting recently
stopped  by to present us with a check for the funds raised at this year's event. We were thrilled to be named the beneficiary of this annual fundraiser. Thanks to event organizers Mark Mann, Steve Cortes and Bill Hickman for your donation.

As the end of 2015 approaches, please keep our agency in mind as you consider your charitable giving. We rely on the support of our generous donors and volunteers to operate and fund the services we provide. Thank you for your support.

Happiest of holidays,
Carrie Williams
Executive Director

P.S. Several of our staff recently attended the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association conference where we discussed strategies for improving the quality of child care. We'll be happy to share what we learned, just give us a call!

December at a Glance
Don't miss out on the  upcoming events
Rainbow Fleet has to offer this month!
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
Help your kids learn about shapes and patterns with these awesome design rollers. They're great for fun art projects too. This is just one of the many items available to Resource Center members. Come check it out!
Florencia les envía esta nota:
Florencia Briglie 
Resource & Referral Specialist
Estimadas Proveedoras:
¡Diciembre! Un mes muy especial para balancear el año, para compartirlo con familia, amigos y abrir nuestros corazones y mente para nuevos logros durante el 2016.
Recuerden que para algunas familias esta puede ser una etapa del año delicada: mamá puede estar un poco triste porque extraña a la familia, papá preocupado por pagar las cuentas ya que viene el invierno y hay menos trabajo...TODOS estos factores (que son solo algunos) van a afectar el comportamiento del niño.
Uno de nuestros papeles como cuidadoras de ese niño es estar ahí para apoyarlo, comprenderlo y cubrir las necesidades que el niño tenga. Recuerden que cuando un niño está emocionalmente fuerte se comporta según su edad, aprende más, interactúa mejor con los otros niños, duerme mejor, come mejor. 
Mi consejito: Trabajen en la relación con la familia. Acérquense a ellos para poder trabajar más fácilmente con el niño que está bajo su cuidado. 
Si necesitan información para las familias en español, comuníquense conmigo. Tengo material para enviarles que ustedes pueden compartir con ellos: folletos, direcciones y teléfonos de donde buscar ayuda dentro del condado de Oklahoma City y Cleveland.  
Estoy muy contenta con la reunión que tuvimos con las proveedoras que tienen la guardería  en su casa. Todas están muy contentas con esta idea y decidimos juntarnos una vez al mes comenzando en el 2016.
La próxima reunión será en la casa de una de ellas el sábado 16 de enero a las 9 am, les enviaré la invitación por correo y por correo electrónico para recordarles.
¡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: fbriglie@rainbowfleet.org
¡Muchas Gracias por su atención!
Notes from a Nurse
Kristen Millican, RN, BSN
Cleveland County Health Department
In a world of overwhelming internet advice,
here are 8 things parents should know
The Washington Post
There is one skill that is essential for new moms and
dads today:  being skeptical and science-savvy about what you read on the Internet. The Internet will give you unlimited advice and information. The problem is it's a messy mix of opinions and parenting philosophy. Much of it is conflicting, and only some of it is accurate. It's often accompanied by a bit of judgment.  The key to using the Internet is to sort out evidence-based information from the rest. If you want to understand why newborns get vitamin K at birth or how we know the recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective, you do not want answers from random people on the Internet. What you need is careful, objective and repeatable science. Not anecdotes or old wives' tales, but data.
Here's how:
1. Select Web sites carefully. Start with sites from universities, medical organizations, children's hospitals and governmental organizations. These will give you evidence-based information. If websites are selling you dietary supplements or a fishy conspiracy theory, these are not reliable sources for health information
2. Scrutinize credentials. If you're reading a blog or news article, realize you're trusting an individual to interpret the science. Make sure that person has advanced training in science, seeks input from experts or has a record of careful analysis.
3. Look for peer-reviewed science. An online article about scientific research should provide citations or links to peer-reviewed journal articles so you can check them. 
4. Be skeptical. Was this scientific study conducted in petri dishes, in mice or in humans? If humans, how many were included, and was it a population similar to you? Does this study show one factor causes another, or is it showing a correlation? Can you think of other factors that could affect that relationship?
5. Look for scientific consensus. One study is never that useful on its own. A critical part of the scientific process is replication. Scientific knowledge is built slowly, over time, through studies conducted by different researchers in different populations. That's why we can feel pretty certain about it. 
6. Don't assume something natural is better. This is a common assumption of parenting blogs, building on our deep desire to keep our children safe. But the natural world is full of deadly toxins, and just because something is natural doesn't make it safe. Coconut oil may be natural, but that doesn't mean it makes a good sunscreen. Measles is a natural virus, but the vaccine is far safer than getting hit with the infection.
7. Question your own assumptions. It's human to seek information that confirms our beliefs rather than challenges them. Check yourself by searching for contrary information.
8. Know that no Web site can be a substitute for a healthcare provider. If you think your child is really sick, don't bring her symptoms to Facebook. Get real medical care.
Read the full article here.

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Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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