March 2015
Carrie Bullard Executive Director
March Training Schedule 

Becky Bailey's Baby Doll Circle Time

March 12 7-9pm


Growing Up Wild

March 21 9am-1pm


Lesson Planning for the Early Childhood Classroom

March 24 7-9pm

Effective Discipline in Today's World

March 26 7-9pm


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

Working Together for Kids




The recent bit of cold weather has many of us longing for spring. I know warmer weather is just around the corner, but it just can't get here quick enough for me! But enough about the weather, let's get to this month's newsletter.


One of the best things about working at Rainbow Fleet is our awesome team. My coworkers are an amazing group of professionals with many years of experience in the child care and development arenas.


We'll be sharing this knowledge in new ways soon as we've recently been invited to join Rose State College's Child Development Advisory Committee. The committee is tasked with providing oversight and support for the school's child development programs and degree plans. We look forward to working with other organizations, educators and students on this important committee.


We always enjoy partnering with similarly-oriented programs and organizations to promote quality child care and education. So much of what we do here at Rainbow Fleet is aimed at equipping parents and providers with the training and resources they need to prepare their kids to enter school. Just recently, our team had a great time at OU Health Science's Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. The event benefits the Reach Out and Read program and we enjoyed a fun morning supporting this worthwhile effort.


Promoting physical exercise and play activities is also an important part of our work. That's why we'll be taking part in Open Streets OKC. Sponsored by the Oklahoma City/County Health Department's Wellness Now Coalition, Open Streets encourages exercise and wellness through a family-friendly block party along 23 rd  Street from Western to Robinson. Come see us on March 22!


We enjoy participating in community events like these to help spread the word about issues important to our agency and the children, providers and parents we serve. If you know of an organization with which we should connect, please drop us a note.


Thanks for reading and for your support of Rainbow Fleet.





Carrie Bullard




Florencia recently visited with Telemundo's Nuestra Oklahoma to highlight Rainbow Fleet and all of our agency's services. Great job Florencia!


Resource Center Item of the Month

Teachable Touchables

With 20 textured squares, this fun toy is a great way to introduce tactile awareness and sensory exploration for your pre-K kids. Come in to check it out!


  Florencia les env�a esta nota:


Estimada Proveedoras:


�Espero que se encuentren calentitas y seguras con este fr�o!


Acu�rdense por favor que, aunque haga fr�o, los ni�os necesitan moverse y quemar energ�a. De esta manera tambi�n evitaremos el mal comportamiento y las rabietas; sabemos que esto sucede cuando est�n aburridos o encerrados en un mismo espacio por un per�odo de tiempo largo y el clima no es el m�s agradable.


Unos consejitos para estos casos:


*Revisen el ambiente d�nde est�n con los ni�os: muevan muebles de lugar, roten los juguetes. No necesitamos tener tantos "materiales" alrededor de nosotros para poder tener un ambiente de ense�anza y amor.


* Abr�guenlos bien y vayan afuera por lo menos una vez en la ma�ana y una vez a la tarde. Aunque sea 15 minutos para que ellos se renueven y nosotras tambi�n. �Es toda una experiencia hacerlo en la nieve!


* Usen la nieve como parte del material de ense�anza: Descr�bala, agr�guele pintura para que vean que la nieve puede cambiar de color, col�quela en un recipiente y cuenten el tiempo toma para descongelarse dentro del centro (Est�n aprendiendo CIENCIAS).


* Lean libros apropiados a la edad de los ni�os relacionados con la nieve o el invierno. Mi libro preferido es "El Mit�n", para esta �poca del a�o.


Quer�a tambi�n adelantarles que ofreceremos los entrenamientos de AUTISMO Y ADHD en ESPA�OL. AUTISMO ser� el 4 de abril y el de ADHD ser� el 29 de agosto.


El espacio es LIMITADO. Comun�quense conmigo para m�s informaci�n:


�Muchas Gracias por su atenci�n!  




Notes from a Nurse

Immunization Debate


By Kristen Russell, RN, Immunization Nurse at the Cleveland County Health Department


The recent outbreak of measles in the US has sparked a heated debate over immunizations. According to the CDC, a majority of the 100+ measles cases we've seen so far in 2015 were due to unvaccinated people or people unaware of their vaccination status. The US declared Measles eradicated in 2000, yet here we are, witnessing the outbreak of a disease we once thought would disappear from our future.


The immunization debate has been emotionally charged, even becoming a political issue at times. As a public health nurse, I can think of nothing more terrifying than turning immunizations into a personal rights debate, or a bi-partisan issue. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter tells us, "For hundreds of years, politicians on both sides of the aisles have supported vaccinations by making real and meaningful laws to protect the public's health." Due to these legislations, the US has some of the highest immunization rates in the world. Public health and safety is not something to choose sides over, rather something that affects everyone. The frightening part about delaying vaccines or choosing not to vaccinate is we are leaving our children unprotected from diseases that are easily preventable, at a time when they're most vulnerable. Carter stresses, "Let's not turn children's health into a battle ground."


As the issue of safety in vaccines arises, we are left with the facts. Vaccines are now safer than ever. Thirty years ago, children received vaccines which protected against seven diseases. The total number of bacterial and viral proteins contained in these vaccines was over 3,000. Today, children receive vaccines that protect against 14 diseases, but the total number of immunological components in these vaccines is only about 150. This dramatic reduction is the result of scientific advances that have allowed for purer, safer vaccines.


Immunizations are one of the best medical advancements in our lifetime. They have increased life span and health, and made once common diseases a thing of the past. However, they don't work if we don't use them. If you have fears about vaccines, talk to your provider. Do your research from scientific based articles, and stay away from the fear tactics. Prevention is the best protection, and it's everyone's responsibility.


Helpful Contacts



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: 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