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North Central Region | February 2022

Resource & Referral North Central Region February 2022 Happy February! I am Tracy Hinton, the new Business Consultant for the North Central Region. I have been trying to get out to meet as many of you as possible to tell you about our exciting new Business Enhancement Project. As a former family child care provider, I think this program can be a great benefit for our child care facilities. What are we offering?

  1. Three free years of Brightwheel (a child care management software that will help programs manage attendance, billing, parent communications, and more). If you already use Brightwheel, we can still get you signed up for the project and pay for your access for three years! If you use a different child care management software, you can still sign up for the project and enjoy the other benefits. . .

Click Here Top 5 Healthy Activities for Toddlers Whether they're tearing through the house giggling madly or scaling a Mount Everest of sofa cushions, toddlers are an active bunch. One of a kid's main jobs In the transition between infancy and childhood is to learn the foundations of movement. When your toddler is throwing building blocks as hard as he can across the room, he's not just testing your limits. He's also practicing his motor skills. Toddlers learn by playing. And when you give them a wide variety of games and different settings in which to play, you help them to learn more. . . Click Here Social Wellness Checklist Positive social habits can help you build support systems and stay healthier mentally and physically. Here are some tips for connecting with others: Click Here February Brain Builders Check out this calendar from Early Childhood Coalition - Building A Better Brain. . . Click Here Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles Children need to visit the dental clinic to keep their teeth and mouth healthy. If children have regular dental visits, the dentist and dental hygienist can take care of their teeth and find oral health problems early. Having regular dental visits also teaches children to value good oral health. Click Here 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 QRIS TEAM I’m happy to introduce to you our Quality Rating Improvement System Team, Stars Outreach Specialists (SOS), Misti Denton, Tiffany McPherson, Amanda Rietz, and Bree Dies! We have developed four SOS regions to serve all licensed child care providers in the state. The regions include Northeast-Misti Denton, Northwest-Bree Dies, Southeast-Tiffany McPherson, and Southwest-Amanda Rietz. Attached you will find contact information for each SOS, including a breakdown of the counties that each of them cover. Click on the picture below to find out more. 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. 2419 Nowata Pl, Ste 103 Bartlesville, OK 74006, USA Ph:918-977-3600 Share on social Check out our website


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