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Newsletter | January 2021

Happy New Year!!

We made it to 2021! Our newsletter theme is Winter Play and Winter Weather. The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) has written an article on Cold Weather Safety. In the article, they touch on safe sleep, bundling up, car safety, and infectious disease control. Click the link to read more about the colder weather. With COVID-19 numbers rising and holidays behind us, Delaware Child Development has stopped all in person training. The safety of our providers and their families are a high priority of ours. Training is still available through CECPD, with two options to choose training. . . Click Here Happy New Year from your QRIS Stars Outreach Specialists! We would like to introduce ourselves and let you know we are always available to answer any questions regarding Stars criteria or assist you in applying for Stars or increasing your Star level. Reaching for the Stars is the name of Oklahoma’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to implement a QRIS. Our goals are for every provider to Reach for the Stars, grow professionally and be recognized for their accomplishments, for parents and the public to recognize and value quality practices, and for all of Oklahoma’s children to benefit from the highest quality early childhood experiences. Click below to meet the specialists and find out more about the training. . . Click Here 6 Reasons Children Need to Play Outside Here’s something really simple you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success: make sure he spends plenty of time playing outside. There are many ways in which this generation’s childhood is different from that of the last generation, but one of the most abrupt contrasts is the degree to which it is being spent indoors. There are lots of reasons, including the marked increase in time spent interacting with electronic devices, the emphasis on scheduled activities and achievements, concerns about sun exposure — and, for many families, the lack of safe outdoor places to play. It’s not just children; adults are spending less time outdoors as well. Here are six crucial ways playing outside helps children. . . Click Here Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and vehicles. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us may not be ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you are more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. . . Click Here Snow Day Activity Plan Snow days happen. While the idea of them may be fun, being stuck inside with kids can quickly become a challenge. Having a plan can help! Here are five ideas to keep your toddlers busy and entertained while inside. . . Click Here Weather Guidelines for Children Watching the weather is part of a child care provider’s job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to monitor the health and safety of children. What clothing, beverages, and protections are appropriate? Clothe children to maintain a comfortable body temperature (warmer months - lightweight cotton, colder months - wear layers of clothing). Beverages help the body maintain a comfortable temperature. Water or fruit juices are best. Avoid high-sugar content beverages and soda pop. Sunscreen may be used year around. Use a sunscreen labeled as SPF-15 or higher. Read and follow all label instructions for the sunscreen product. Look for sunscreen with UVB and UVA ray protection. Shaded play areas protect children from the sun. . . Click Here The Reading Corner! We have started a reading corner for our providers. 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 Updates!! Delaware Child Development Resource and Referral updates your child care information twice a year. This update allows us to give families needing child care updated information on facilities in their area. Please complete the following update. If you are unable to complete the update or have questions, please call us at 918-397-3007 or email us Please click below to complete the survey: Survey 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 CDA Renewal Amnesty Program Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Council will be celebrating 45 years of the CDA®! To celebrate, the Council will offer a limited-time CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program. This program will allow anyone with a CDA® credential expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, an opportunity to complete the renewal process and make their credential active again. . . Click Here We are here to serve you! Delaware Child Development Resource & Referral serves the North Central Region of Oklahoma, which includes nine counties. For more information, contact your Resource and Referral Specialist: Kristine Abbott Heather Cruz 918-397-3007 918-766-6254 (Washington, Nowata, Kay, (Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Lincoln, Logan) Noble) Infant & Toddler Specialist: Renae Barnett 918-332-8651 Technical Assistance from our Resource and Referral Specialists! Delaware Child Development 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 Delaware Child Development and Training Center 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. 300 SE Frank Phillips Blvd Suite 200, Bartlesville, OK 74003 74003 Ph:918-977-3600 Share on social Check out our website


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