OKDHS Oklahoma Child Care Services - has the responsibility of making sure Oklahoma's children and their parents have access to licensed, affordable, high-quality child care where children have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
Licensing - In Oklahoma, child care is licensed and regulated by Oklahoma Child Care Services (OCCS), a division of the Oklahoma state Department of Human Services. This site includes links to licensing requirements, sometimes called standards, for various types of care.
Reaching for the Stars - An Oklahoma initiative to improve the level of child care quality using a tiered system of quality and reimbursement provides incentives for programs that meet the Stars criteria. The Reaching for the Stars Program has four levels of rating facilities in which specified criteria must be met.
GPCCRR provides the following services to licensed child care providers in Southwest Oklahoma:
Parent Referrals to your business
Listing with GPCCRR saves you time, energy, and money because you don't have to pay to advertise your services. We help parents find YOU! To be sure we have the most current
information about your child care program, please take a few minutes to complete thisupdate form.
Quarterly Training Calendar
Providers will receive information on a variety of training opportunities available in their area. If there is a particular topic you would like to learn more information about, or would like to receive training, on, contact us! If you would like to enroll in a GPCCRR training please fill out Registration Form and send to address listed. For other training opportunities please go to www.okregistry.org
Technical Assistance and Support
Our staff can provide information on all aspects of caring for young children. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Room Arrangement
* Behavior Guidance
* Story Time Strategies
* Staff Motivation
We have articles, books, pamphlets, activity kits, videos, and DVDs available to loan. Topics include planning activities, understanding children's behavior, menu planning, and much more.
including but not limited to theme boxes and book sets
Professional Support Network
After for children all day, child care professionals need an opportunity to share ideas and information. GPCCRR can help provide that opportunity.
You will receive a quarterly newsletter with information on child development, parenting, running a business, and more.
We advocate on behalf of child care professionals on issues such as salaries, benefits, and working conditions.
Oklahoma Professional Registry
CECPD - Center for Early Childhood Professional Development supports the individuals who work in licensed child care settings in Oklahoma.
Scholars for Excellence in Child Care - The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education is helping to improve the quality of child care in Oklahoma by providing educational opportunities for child care professionals.
Oklahoma Registry of Professional Development Ladder -verifies that individuals have met all State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services entry-level and continuing education training requirements.
2015 revised Good Health Handbook
The revised Good Health Handbook: A Guide for Those Caring for Children provides up-to-date information on health, safety, and developmental issues.
Developed to help understand the roles of professionals serving children to be a guide throughout these careers.
Resource & Referral
Other Helpful Resources
NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children promotes excellence in early childhood education.
OICA - Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy creates awareness, takes action and changes policy on behalf of children and youth.
Warmline- Offers free telephone consultations to child care providers on numerous topics of concern. Consultants refer providers to appropriate services and resources within their communities.
Zero to Three - Provides a host of information from parent education resources to literature on child development from age zero to three.
Safe Child Program - Child safety education program. Educates, empowers and equips children, parents, and childcare professionals with knowledge and training needed to establish an action plan for crisis situations.