Attention Oklahoma Child Care Providers:
The Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association has unveiled a new tool for child care providers to market their program to parents! Providers can add pictures, update information, and see how many referrals have been given to parents. Click here for instructions. Contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-831-7299 for assistance.
Tulsa is hosting the upcoming Leadership Academy. If you are a director or administrator in Tulsa, Creek, Rogers, Wagoner, or Osage county, you are invited to apply for Academy through CCRC. By going through academy with CCRC, you will receive on-site technical support, mentoring, and ongoing assistance from a specialist at CCRC. Plus, we will pay $100 of your application fee. The other $50 will be your responsibility.
Please make sure your application is turned into CCRC no later than May 16th to be considered for this opportunity.
Contact Collette Sawyer at 918-831-7229 or email@example.com for additional information.
Handouts from some of the speakers are now available:
The Child Care Resource Center is excited to announce that our Toy Lending and Resource Library will be moving across the parking lot to a new location in Main Square Towers. We will be on the first floor of Tower 2. To find us enter in the door facing Baltimore under the awning that says “Community Service Council.” This is the same location where we hold many of our trainings.
Because of upcoming holidays and this move, the Toy Lending and Resource Library will be closed from December 22nd through February 6th. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 7. If you have materials checked out you may keep them for the full month of January. We look forward to serving you in our new space! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sam Stephenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-831-7299.
The International Infant & Toddler Conference Committee is looking for innovative, compelling and inspirational presentations to expand the field of infant and toddler early care and learning.
Topical Area: Child and family well-being is enhanced when each are empowered to achieve their greatest potential. Conference topics should prompt interaction on all the possibilities for young children: play, exploration, developing secure & nurturing relationships, technology and young children, importance of attachment, caregiver support, and other topics related to infant/toddler growth and care. Content should be reflective of NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice Guidelines.
Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Format: Session presentations will be 1.5 hours in length and will be interactive workshops.
Click here for the Presenter Proposal Application.
Child Care Resource Center was awarded $165,000 for a two-year project from Child Care Aware® of America, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs. Two other projects were funded, Child Care Aware of Kansas, Child Care Aware of Minnesota. The goal of this project is to increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the event of emergencies or natural disasters. CCRC’s proposal included three goals: (1) Increase preparedness awareness, training opportunities, and resources for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies in Oklahoma and surrounding states (2) Increase preparedness awareness, training, technical assistance and resources for early care and learning providers in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and (3) Strengthen relationships with the community preparedness organizations throughout Oklahoma. CCRC will provide train the trainer opportunities to other Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies across Oklahoma and surrounding states utilize social media platforms to maximize the number of people reached.
From CCRC Director, Karen Smith:
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce a major cut in Child Care Resource Center’s funding. We are losing approximately one-third of our annual budget. Our services currently support early childhood professionals, teachers, child care directors, parents, grandparents and most importantly children. At this time, we are still making decisions on what services and/or programs will have to be cut and what choices we can make to lessen the impact to our community. We value your support, but know that losing over $250,000 will have a major impact on our work.
What can you do to help? If you wish to donate to our cause, click here.
Child Care of Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been tracking the Zika virus.
They have developed a website that contains the latest information on Zika and provides information for child care providers and parents.
You can access this website at: http://usa.childcareaware.org/zika.
Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has announced that the enrollment freeze for the Child Care Subsidy program will end July 31, 2016. This means the assistance with child care can be approved for eligible families beginning August 1, 2016, in time for the start of the school year and for kids who are attending after-school child care programs.
DHS had planned to lift the freeze Aug. 15, but with some school districts starting the new school year earlier in August DHS Director Ed Lake made the decision to open enrollment earlier. The Child Care subsidy is funded through a combination of a federal Child Care Development grant and state-matching funds.
“Child care assistance is one of the core services of DHS and it was so disheartening for us to have to freeze access to this critical program. After the second revenue failure, we knew we would run out of funds before the end of the fiscal year June 30 if we didn’t limit the number of people accessing those services,” said Lake. “Through natural attrition of recipients dropping out of the program in June and July and not filling those slots, we have accumulated enough savings to begin taking applications again and feel reasonably sure there will be enough funds to sustain the normal ebb and flow of the program throughout next year—barring any future or unforeseen reductions to DHS funding.”
DHS will begin accepting new applications on July 1, but families should not expect for the assistance to begin until August 1. Due to a reduced workforce at DHS, the agency estimates it will take about a month to process and approve the expected flood of new applicants.
To qualify for this assistance, applicants must be working or enrolled in school or training. An initial interview and proof of employment or enrollment in school are required before eligibility can be established. As in the past, applications can be made at any local county DHS office. In addition, families who have received assistance from DHS before can apply online at www.okdhslive.org .
Letters will be sent next week to all applicants who were denied due to the enrollment freeze informing them that they may reapply if subsidized child care is still needed.
Great article by Ginnie Graham in the Tulsa World showcasing some personal stories of those affected by the child care subsidy freeze.