Simple Steps for Summer Safety
June 2016
While Oklahoma children, parents and child care providers welcome summer as a time of recreation, it's important to remember with all that fun comes some risks. 

The heat can be brutal in our Sooner state, and it's tempting head to the water to cool off. Whether at the pool or the lake, basic water safety measures should always be considered. Utilizing a life-vest and float toys are simple ways to minimize risk. But, no amount of precaution can replace a constant adult presence. Supervising swim time is an active responsibility.  

If travel is part of your summer plans, stay on top of child-related car safety standards.  According to, up to 73 percent of car seats are used or installed incorrectly. Take a look at this car seat checklist for some important safety tips.

The Department of Health says more than 50 percent of child deaths in hot vehicles are due to distraction or forgetfulness. In order to avoid this temperature-related tragedy, consider losing a shoe. 

Before starting the car, place one shoe in the backseat with the child. Placing your foot on the hot pavement serves as a reminder that the child should not be left in the hot car. Not even the shortest errand is worth a child's safety.

As with any facet of child care, you can never learn too much. Care providers and parents seeking to be better equipped for safety should consider renewing their CPR certifications and first aid training. We offer these classes on a regular basis. Just check our training schedule to find the next safety course offering 

An avoidable accident should never cast a shadow on your summer. Always consider safety first and have fun. 

Thanks for reading.

Carrie Williams
Executive Director

P.S. Did you see our Living Oklahoma segment about summer safety on KOKH?If not, you can watch it here. We also talked with KFOR about how Rainbow Fleet can help parents find quality child care. Take a look!

June at a Glance
Don't miss out on the  upcoming events
Rainbow Fleet has to offer this month!

Strangers, Dangers, Lock-outs and Lock-downs!
June 9 7-9pm 

Early Birds for Early Childhood Educators Birth to 2 yr old
June 11 8:30am-12:30pm

Early Birds for Early Childhood Educators Birth to 3 to 5 yr old
June 11 1:30-5:30pm

Cool, Calm and Compassionate During Challenging Times
June 14 7-9pm

First Aid and CPR
June 11 9am-5pm

Como crear un ambiente saludable y seguro para que duerman los  niños pequeños 
June 23 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
Have some fun in the sun with these awesome sand  toys ! Get you kids digging and playing in the sandbox. These and many other great  toys , games and books are ready and waiting in our Resource Center. Give us a call to schedule your visit today.
F lorencia les envía esta nota:
Florencia Briglie 
Resource & Referral Specialist

Estimadas Proveedoras:
¡Hola estimadas proveedoras!
¡¡¡Feliz de que en unos días nos juntaremos en la conferencia hispana!!!.

Una bendición que tenemos este evento en Oklahoma.  Por favor hagan todo lo que esté en sus manos para concurrir, es una oportunidad única en todo sentido.  La conferencia Hispana será el sábado 4 de Junio de 8 a 16 hs. Celebraremos 10 años de trabajo, dedicación y esfuerzo de todo este grupo.

Pueden contactarme a mí para más información.
El entrenamiento del mes de Junio en español se llama:

  "Como crear un ambiente saludable y seguro para que duerman los niños pequeños" .

Va a ser el 23 Junio de 7 pm a 9 pm en Rainbow Fleet: 3024 Paseo, OKC. Costará $20  por 2 horas de entrenamiento. Pueden enrolarse llamándome a mí o el día de la conferencia Hispana. 

Tenemos otra proveedora hispana que obtuvo sus 2 estrellas: Soledad Cervantes.  La primera fue la señora María Dueñas ¡Un orgullo hispano las dos señoras!

Yo las puedo ayudar a que el proceso de las estrellas sea más fácil, más rápido y más sencillo.
Rainbow Fleet tiene los materiales para ayudarlas a armar los centros, la laminadora para crear los carteles y decoración.

¡Anímense, se van a sentir orgullosas de ustedes mismas!  Pueden pasar de 1 estrella a dos, o hasta 1.5, el tema es ¡animarse!

Como siempre, no duden de contactarme si puedo ayudarlas con algo:

¡Muchas Gracias por su atención!

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

There are a lot of questions when you become pregnant or become a new mom. Finding reliable sources for information can be intimidating, and it's hard to know where to start. 

Text4baby is a FREE text service that provides critical health and safety information to moms during their pregnancy and during the first year of a baby's life. Text4baby offers personalized messages that include milestones to expect, questions to ask your doctor, safe sleep, breastfeeding pointers, signs of labor, car seat tips, info on health insurance and many other topics.  

Many moms find it invaluable and would highly recommend Text4baby to a friend. In fact, the state of Oklahoma has one of the highest sign-up rates in the nation, with amazing testimonials to its usefulness and success! 

Not only is Text4baby free, it doesn't use your text message data and can even be used on pre-paid phones and phones without a text messaging plan! 

Thanks to the support from CTIA Wireless Foundation and phone carriers, you can get this service free even if you don't have text messaging. Messages are sent three times per week and are timed to your exact month of pregnancy, or baby's stage of development. Now, there is even a free app to accompany the texts. 

Interested in joining? Text BABY to 511411 for English or BEBE to 511411 for Spanish. Visit to learn more!

Rainbow Fleet
3024 Paseo     
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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