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Northcentral Resource & Referral Newsletter | November 2021

Resource & Referral North Central Region November 2021

Oklahoma Shared Services Oklahoma Shared Services has many great resources available for early childhood educators across the state. One of the many great things you can find on there is links to curriculum ideas to use with all ages. The PNC Grow up Great website ( has links to a plethora of free lesson plan ideas. Some that would be great for this month include: . . .

How to Teach Children Gratitude It's more than just saying thank you. In a time when many middle school kids carry around $600 phones that they take for granted, teaching gratitude can feel like an uphill battle. But despite the challenges you might face in helping kids feel grateful in a world that seems to value overabundance, it can be worthwhile. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies1 found that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5. This means that instilling gratitude in your kids at a young age could help them grow up to be happier people. . .

Introducing Gratitude to Your Toddler Toddlers are self-centered by design, so introducing the concept of gratitude can seem challenging. We also live in an era of consumerism, especially prominent around the winter holidays. After we name all the things we’re grateful for during our Thanksgiving celebrations, we’re immediately bombarded with colorful toy ads and endless shopping sprees for the holidays. The idea of gratitude can become a bit confusing in this environment! . .

What Parents Neglect to Teach about Gratitude Research suggests that the experience of gratitude has four parts, but we rarely teach all of them to our kids. Some parenting experiences are nearly universal. The wonder of an infant’s first smile. The excitement of a toddler’s first wobbly steps. And the pride in hearing these two words come out of your child’s mouth without you first having to nudge them along: “Thank you.” But what does gratitude mean in children? Most early studies of children’s gratitude focus on acts of appreciation. . . Today, psychologists studying gratitude note that being grateful means much more than just saying thank you. Not only is the experience and expression of gratitude broader than thanking others, but it requires children to use a set of complex socio-emotional skills. . .

The Gratitude Project Gratitude is powerful: not only does it feel good, it’s also been proven to increase our well-being in myriad ways. The result of a multiyear collaboration between the Greater Good Science Center and Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, The Gratitude Project explores gratitude’s deep roots in human psychology—how it evolved and how it affects our brain—as well as the transformative impact it has on creating a meaningful life and a better world.

The Reading Corner! Each month there will be three books that your Resource & Referral Team recommend. The books will be based on age groups: Infant/Toddler; Pre-School; and School-Age. We hope you enjoy our book choices and read many books to the children this month and all year around! . . Click Here

CDA | Child Development Associate Program at Tri County Tech Tri County Tech offers formal training for students to complete the necessary steps to receive their Child Development Associate certification. This course will train students in child safety, child health, program planning, proper learning environments, and more! To learn more, check out Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials here: CLICK HERE.

UPDATES from your SOS Family Partnerships Families are the child's first teachers and are the link between the educational setting and home. A strong connection between child care personnel and families is critical for building a positive environment for young children and allowing children to feel more secure, confident, and self-assured. It is best for children when caregivers build relationships with families based on mutual trust, respect, and willingness to involve them as full partners. Everyone, but especially children, benefits when providers and families work together. . .

We are here to serve you! Ivy Learning Resource & Referral serves the North Central Region of Oklahoma, which includes nine counties. For more information, contact your Resource and Referral Specialist: NC Resource & Referral Specialist Heather Cruz 918-766-6254 (Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Lincoln, Logan, Washington, Nowata, Kay, Noble) NC Infant & Toddler Specialist: Renae Barnett 918-332-8651 NC Business Consultant Tracy Hinton 918-766-2577

QRIS Regional R&R: The Pyramid Model What is the Pyramid Model, and why are so many early childhood professionals in Oklahoma (and across the country) talking about it? It is a proven way to teach and support young children in understanding and managing their emotions, which helps children handle life’s tough situations with greater resiliency and hope. . . Click Here

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

What Is the Scholars Program? The Scholars program awards scholarships to eligible child care professionals to complete coursework in the area of child development or early childhood education, as well as the Child Development Associate (CDA) and Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) Credential Assessment. These scholarships enable child care providers in Oklahoma to improve their skills through education, receive an educational stipend and continue the availability of quality child care in local communities. . . Click Here

Technical Assistance from our Resource and Referral Specialists!

Ivy Learning Resource and Referral can provide technical assistance to child care providers. Click below to find out more! Click Here

More Resources for Information and Webinars

  • Early Childhood Investigations Webinars - Early Childhood Investigations is a ongoing series of conference-quality free webinars for early childhood educators.

  • Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers - Baby Talk is free and distributed monthly. Each issue features resources that are high quality and readily available at no cost. Click Here for archived issues that contain a wealth of information.

Additional Resources

Ivy Learning & Ivy Academies 918.977.3600 Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program 866.343.3881 Insurance Assistance Insure Oklahoma/OEPIC 888.365.3742 Oklahoma Child Care Warmline FREE phone support and consultation for child care providers regarding behavior, development, health, andsafety issues. Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm Automated system available 24/7. Questions? Email: Follow us on Facebook: Delaware Child Development Facebook Centers for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) 888.446.7608 Licensing OK Child Care Services Oklahoma Registry Child Nutrition Program Child and Adult Care Food Programs(CACFP) Information, Resources &Trainings Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral (OCCRRA) 888.962.2772 Multicultural Environments, Email Keila Garcia Fingerprinting: Delaware Child Development Fingerprinting Services OKDHS Information on fingerprinting Identogo to schedule an appointment.

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