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Ivy Learning Resource & Referral Newsletter | November 2022

Gratitude and thankfulness are important all year long!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” (Beattie, 1990)

Thanksgiving time, with its focus on thankfulness and gratitude is a wonderful time of year. Thankfulness is not just for Thanksgiving though. Having a thankful and grateful heart year- round is important to our emotional well-being.

Read on for some ways you can focus on thankfulness year-round.


Northeast Region Corner

Should we be teaching gratitude to the under-fives? Research tells us that gratitude promotes well-being and life satisfaction, but is the practice of gratitude appropriate for very young children? Read on to find out!


North Central Region Corner

Happening around the Region. The last few months, all of us here Resource and Referral have been busy out helping programs with their new QRIS applications. During that time, Heather Cruz, Renae Barnett, and Tracy Hinton also took the time to work on our continuing education hours by attending the Focused Portfolios classes. We highly recommend this class to all providers-contact CECPD to see about scheduling it in your area. Read on to check out what we've been up to!


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Anti-Bias Education

In Anti-Bias Education and Holidays: Making thoughtful decisions, authors of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edward, lay out some principles about how programs and teachers can think about holidays in their classrooms.

Building Young Brains

The Book Corner


Little Owl's Snow by Divya Srinivasan

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Gratitude is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego

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School Age

Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger by Elizabeth Cole

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Ivy Learning is here to serve you!

Ivy Learning Resource & Referral serves the North Central and Northeast Regions of Oklahoma, which includes 19 counties. For more information and to contact your regional representative, expand the section below.

North Central Region: Kay, Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Nowata, Osage, Pawnee, Payne & Washington Counties

Northeast Region: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Ottawa & Sequoyah Counties


Request Technical Assistance from our Resource and Referral Specialists

Ivy Learning Resource and Referral can provide technical assistance to child care providers. Technical Assistance services help providers improve or enhance the quality of child care through structured and intentional services which supports the development of specific skills and practices. As a result, providers will be able to implement knowledge about quality in their individual care giving situations.


More Resources for Information and Webinars

Additional Resources

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program


Insurance Assistance

Insure Oklahoma/OEPIC


Oklahoma Child Care Licensing

Oklahoma Child Care Services

Oklahoma Professional Development Registry

View the Statewide Training Calendar

Child Nutrition Program

Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP)

​Centers for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD)


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Information, Resources, & Trainings

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