ATTENTION PARENTS & PROVIDERS
Dear Child Care Providers, Parents and Community Partners,
At Rainbow Fleet, our team is dedicated to ensuring the best possible care for children in our community throughout early childhood. Part of that commitment is disease prevention. Under the current circumstances related to COVID-19, we are working to ensure that proper precautions are taken to better serve you, the children in your care, as well as your own family members at home. Social distancing and the suspension of in-person gatherings is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current guidance.
As we seek to follow the suggested protocol, the purpose of this message is to announce the following changes, effective immediately:
Postponement of “A Whole New World” Spring Child Care Conference: Our spring conference, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, will be rescheduled. We will announce a new date as soon as possible.
Temporary closure of the Resource Center: We will continue to monitor the evolving public health situation to determine if it is necessary to extend the designated closure period. If you have checked out toys recently, please keep them in your possession until the Resource Center reopens. Click here for instructions from the CDC on how to properly sanitize toys.
Digital instead of in-person consultations: Rainbow Fleet’s child care consultants will temporarily suspend onsite visits with child care providers. Consultation will instead take place via FaceTime and Zoom. Email Randa Wood at email@example.com to arrange a virtual visit.
Trainings offered online: Most of Rainbow Fleet's trainings will take place via Zoom. Our schedule for our online trainings can be found here, with dates and information on how to participate.
Our first commitment is to the health and wellness of all children, families and the child care community that serves them. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and update our strategy according to public health guidelines.
If you have any questions, please email me at or call (405) 521-1426.
Thank you for your patience.
RESOURCES FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS & PARENTS
Licensing requirements for child care programs have been amended. Below are the revised documents as well as further explanation.
The Governor approved the revised Appendix GG. Ratio and Group sizes effective
These revisions are applicable to child care center, part-day and drop-in programs only.
Licensing specialists will be contacting you shortly to verify your receipt of this information and discuss further implementation with you.
New fingerprinting procedure
Individuals needing to be fingerprinted at the Livescan office located at 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd must call in advance to schedule an appointment. Please call the Livescan office at 405-522-1852. Once you’ve arrived please contact the Livescan office at the previously stated phone number and someone will escort you in.
OKLAHOMA COVID-19 RESOURCES
I HAVE IMMEDIATE NEEDS
Information and referral services to meet a wide range of needs including food, housing, legal services, child care, mental health services, job programs, and literacy. 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call 2-1-1 or Text “211OK” to 898211
Emergency assistance available to all persons regardless of race, religion, ability to pay or national origin. Call
OKCity Crisis Nursery
Provides emergency care for children in times of crisis. Open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call or text
Latino Community Development Agency
Providing services to the Latino community. Call
Visit the Smart Start Central Oklahoma Live Binder
A list of community resources for parents and caregivers
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Anyone in need of food assistance in central and western Oklahoma is encouraged to visit rfbo.org/get-help to locate a nearby food pantry or call 405-972-1111 during workday hours
Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
Check eligibility for food benefits, Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, WIC, energy assistance, and more
Oklahoma State Department of Health Child Care Warmline
Provides free telephone consultation and/or referrals to child care providers and parents on numerous topics of concern. Call 888-574-5437
Oklahoma State Department of Health Child Guidance Program
Provides services to build healthy family relationships and enhance child development including Behavioral Health Services, Childhood Development and Parent Education Services, and Speech Language Services. Call
Click here for more information on School district and locations for meal pick up.
SURVIVING SOCIAL DISTANCING
Making a New Routine
Adds learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities
Free online teaching resources for PreK - 9th grade students
Distance Learning with OETA
Beginning March 30, OETA will provide curriculum-based programming for students on its broadcast channel, OETA WORLD
Take virtual field trips at home from over 1200 leading museums and archives worldwide
PBS Learning Media
Resources for early childhood lesson plans including videos, games and activities aligned to state and national standards
Online learning websites and educational activities for teachers and parents
Engage kids with free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
Free reading, language arts and mathematics activities for PreK - 3rd grade students
I NEED RESOURCES FOR MY
CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Oklahoma Family Network
Informs and connects individuals with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and supports in their communities
Oklahoma Parents Center
Parent training and information for children with disabilities
System of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special needs
Oklahoma State Department of Education Special Education
Provides guidance and support from infancy to adulthood for children with disabilities
Educator-provided recommendations for apps for students with special needs
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Click here for information and actions to improve your child's experience with online learning
Click here for an educator's guide to support students with disabilities and their families