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Northeast Oklahoma Region | First Quarter 2022


Resource & Referral Northeast OK Region 1st Quarter 2022


Learning and Development The learning environment is key to children’s learning and gives them the space, materials, and opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Interest areas are thoughtfully designed areas. Learning is an interactive process and children learn through doing. The environment in which children play and learn provides them with opportunities to explore and interact with a variety of inviting activities and materials and is based on each child’s individual interests and needs. . .


The Power of the Pause If you are at all like me, most hours of your day zoom by so fast that you can’t help but feel like there is no way to put on the brakes. Most of the time our busy schedules come from a good place: the kids wanted to play sports, volunteering is the right thing to do, my friend really needs my help today, or hosting a weekly game night which is a necessary part of our social life. Even when we fill our time with good things, it can get overwhelming, even suffocating. Research on mindfulness shows that our brains are not designed to operate in a high-stress mode for long periods of time (https://mindfulambition.net/slow-down/). If this is true for adults, it is most certainly true for children whose brains are far behind ours in terms of development. . .


Who Needs a Coach Anyway? Well, We All Do! The 2022 Winter Olympics is happening right now, and if you have not gotten a glimpse of these phenomenal athletes, you should take a moment. When I see the diversity of the sports that are displayed and the wide range of people who participate in them, I am in awe. But my amazement often takes a different course than those around me. When I see greatness in the classroom, I often find a teacher who dug deep to keep a student engaged and inspired to keep learning. When I see excellence in sports, I am drawn to the passionately interacting coach finding ways to help the athletes define their skills. The admiration is most evident when I see adults with a coach seeking to develop and challenge themselves with growth opportunities for their lives and those with whom they interact regularly. So, what is professional coaching? Coaching is partnering with a skilled professional to discover and work through processes that will inspire and challenge the professional to maximize their personal and career potential. . .


Fall in Love with Reading! We are starting a reading book nook for our providers. Each month there will be books that your Resource & Referral Team recommend. We hope you enjoy our book choices and read many books to the children 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.


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 Eastern Region of Oklahoma, which includes ten counties. For more information, contact your Resource and Referral Specialist: NE Resource and Referral Director and Specialist Tina McClintic (Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Ottawa) tmcclintic@delwarechild.org 918-39-7328 NE Resource and Referral Specialist Courtney Garringer (Adair, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Sequoyah) cgarringer@delawarechild.org 918-397-7743 NE Infant and Toddler Specialist Lana Busey lpitts@delawarechild.org 918-397-4911 NE Business Consultant Laura Clary lclary@delawarechild.org 918-914-3614


Technical Assistance from our Resource and Referral Specialists! Ivy Learning Resource and Referral North East Region 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: warmline@health.ok.gov 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.


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