CCRC January Newsletter
January 2020     
Living Your Dream in 2020 

What will it take for you to say, "2020 was the best year ever at my program?" What does a successful year look like to you? I am going to challenge you to find at least an hour to really plan for the new year.
Write out what success looks like to you. Then, break that into big project goals.   Think about how you will celebrate when you meet the goal. Next, write out the steps it will take to meet the goal. Each week, look at your goals and write out what you are doing that week to get you closer to your goal.

Example 1: My dream of a successful year includes having two or less violations with DHS licensing.  I may write my goal out as: "Have two or less DHS violations with no serious non-compliances."
Reward: When we successfully meet this goal, we will _________________.
Step 1: Review all previous non-compliance issues and ensure there is a plan in place to avoid  further violations.
Step 2: Have a staff meeting and play a game to review the DHS handbook.
Step 3: Create a schedule that will allow different staff members to do mock visits throughout  the year.
Step 4: Celebrate!
Example 2: My dream of a successful year includes having families actively engaged in the program. I may write my goal out as: "Create 4 different ways/opportunities for families to be engaged with the  program."
Reward: Families and staff partnering together creating a thriving, engaged and peaceful environment.
Step 1: Google ways families can be engaged in child care programs. Create a survey with ideas and send it out to parents to find out which one appeal to them by January 2020.
Step 2: Form a committee to plan events (Family members and staff.)
Step 3: Plan and implement 1st family engagement opportunity by March 2020.
Step 4: Plan and implement 1st family engagement opportunity by June 2020.
Step 5: Plan and implement 1st family engagement opportunity by Sept 2020.
Step 6: Plan and implement 1st family engagement opportunity by Dec 2020.
Step 7: Celebrate!
Winter Wonderment

Winter is an exciting time for children. When the weather is cold and icy it brings many opportunities for great outdoor activities such as catching snowflakes, winter scavenger hunts, and ice bowling! Bringing the "winter" theme indoors is educational and fun for children too. Here are some ideas to enhance the learning centers for a winter curriculum:
  • Add mittens to the dramatic play center for theme play and (mis)matching mittens
  • Add snowflake cookie cutters to the art center for play-doh play
  • Use fake snowballs to have a safe indoor snowball fight
  • Paint with colored ice cubes
  • Display and read books with winter topics like ice, snow, and snowmen
For more ideas visit CCRC's Pinterest page:  or contact Jessica Smith at 918-935-6933 or
Family Child Care Home Group

CCRC is offering Family Child Care Homes a monthly training that directly addresses the needs that are unique to having a business in your home. These formal trainings are for family child care home providers only and are being offered to enhance the child care's learning centers, interactions, and DHS recommendations. There will be a mix of fun and serious topics presented throughout 2020 and we hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Jessica Smith at 918-935-6933 or

Upcoming Trainings
  • 1/13: FCCH (Family Child Care Home) Training: DHS Rules & Regulations, 6:30 -8:30 pm
  • 1/15: TOST (Tulsa Out-of-School Time) Training: Exploring Ramps & Pathways, 11 am - 1:00 pm
  • 1/23: Directors Training: Courageous Leadership, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • 1/30: Internal Communications: The Importance of Staff Meetings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • 2/19: TOST (Tulsa Out-of-School Time) Training: The Multi-Generational Workplace, 11:am - 1:00 pm
  • 2/20: Directors Training: Servant Leadership, 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • 2/22: Super Saturday Training: Creating Engaging & Interactive Learning Environments Indoors & Out, 8 am - 2:30 pm
  • 2/24: FCCH (Family Child Care Home) TrainingPreparing Family Child Care Homes for Emergencies, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • 2/25: Safe Sleep: SIDS, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • 3/21 & 3/28: Early Learning Guidelines for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 3/25: TOST (Tulsa Out-of-School Time) Training: STE(A)M for School-Agers, 11:am - 1:00 pm
  • 3/26: Directors Training: Setting the Stage: Empower, Encourage, & Create Joy, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Who to Call 

  • Child Care Services: 405-521-3561
  • Reaching for the Stars: 1-800-225-9868
  • Pathway to CDA: 1-866-343-3881
  • CECPD: 1-888-446-7608
  • Warmline: 1-888-574-5437
  • OCCRRA: 1-888-962-2772
  • Scholars for Excellence in Child Care: 918-595-8280
  • Licensing Records Office: 1-800-347-2276 or 405-521-2355
  • Child Care Resource Center | Community Service Council | 918-834-2273 |
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