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North Central Region | September 2021

Resource & Referral North Central Region September 2021

Fall is Coming!

As Fall is approaching, what comes to mind is how it is a season of change. The leaves begin to change into a beautiful array of colors, then eventually fall off the trees. Our organization is also in a season of change. As you may have noticed, our name is now Ivy Learning Resource and Referral, and we are not only still serving North Central Oklahoma, but we have also added Northeast Oklahoma. Another change is that Kristine Abbott is now a center director at one of our sites, and we will be adding a Business Consultant to our team to help with the financial aspect of running a child care facility. . . 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. . . Click Here Grandparents & Extended Family For many families, grandparents fill a critical need providing regular child care that is trusted, affordable, and accessible. In fact, 1 in 4 children under age 5 were cared for by grandparents while their parents worked or attended school. That’s the same number of children enrolled in formal child care programs! There are great rewards to these relationships, but the dynamics can be challenging to navigate. To support this growing group of caregivers, we developed tools and best practices to support professionals and multigenerational families. . . 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 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 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: Heather Cruz 918-766-6254 (Osage, Payne, Pawnee, Lincoln, Logan, Washington, Nowata, Kay, Noble) Infant & Toddler Specialist: Renae Barnett 918-332-8651 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 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. 2419 Nowata Pl, Ste 103 Bartlesville, OK 74006, USA Ph:918-977-3600 Share on social Check out our website

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