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Ivy Learning Resource & Referral Newsletter | October 2022

Fast Approaching QRIS Application Deadline

We are quickly approaching the deadline to submit your QRIS applications and receive all the wonderful incentives. Key things to remember: the deadline is November 30, 2022. There are 2 steps to the application process, and BOTH must be completed by the deadline. We are here to help!

You might be wondering what exactly we can help with. We can help you with the whole process.


Northeast & North Central Region Corner

One out of four preschool children are cared for by a grandparent while is parents work or go to school. There are many benefits when grandparents care for young children, but when more than one generation in involved in child, communication can be a challenge. Parents may worry that their child prefers to be with their grandparents, rather than with them. Parents may also worry that grandparents are better at parenting than they are. Grandparents may struggle to establish good boundaries. And, of course, conflicts may arise over child-rearing approaches.

Click below to learn how to better support your multi-generational families.


What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

The author of The Importance of Being Little on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children. Erika Christakis is a former faculty member of the Yale Child Study Center and the author of the best-selling book The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need From Grownups. Christakis says that we’ve reached a perilous moment for very young kids: Increasingly we treat them as commodities and find ourselves “in danger of losing the child in childhood.” Instead of imposing adult expectations, she argues, parents and teachers should try to “take their blinders off” and see the world through the eyes of young children—a change in perspective that might allow us to better understand and cultivate their unique abilities.

Click on the link below to read the interview with author Erika Christakis.


25 Easy Nature Play Ideas for Early Childhood Centers

Great nature play doesn’t require elaborate and expensive play spaces! Even a limited outdoor area can be affordably enhanced for nature play, using common materials and plants to create a young child’s heaven that is chock-full of small-scale wonders and magical discoveries. Click below for a downloadable list of nature play ideas.


The Book Corner


The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Fall by Eric Carle

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My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee

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School Age

Grandparents Day by Candice Ransom

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Events and Trainings

Ivy Learning Events
  • EMS Safety CPR , AED, and First Aid for Child Care Providers - Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Pryor, Oklahoma.

Ivy Learning on YouTube

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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.


Resources for Information and Webinars

Additional Resources

Ivy Learning


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)


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:

Information, Resources, & Trainings

Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral (OCCRRA)



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