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April Newsletter

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, so in our newsletter we have included articles about child abuse and how providers can prevent abuse in the classroom as well as understand the signs of child abuse in our children and parents. Prevent Child Abuse America has a great website of resources for prevention strategies and toolkits to help parents and providers prevent child abuse. Click the link to explore their website.

Week of the Young Child is April 10-16. Week of the Young Child is sponsored by NAEYC to focus public attention on the needs of the young child and families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. NAEYC has great resources for activities providers and parents can be involved in to celebrate young children.

We have started our Complete Update 2 for this semester. Please remember that we are required to do updates twice a year. This will help families in our area looking for child care. If you have not already completed the survey, please click the link to update your facility. Please contact Kristine Abbott at or 918-397-3007 if you have any questions or have issues with the survey. Providers can text their R&R Specialist to update their information as well.

With COVID-19 still a daily struggle for providers, we are still minimizing in person trainings. At the current time, R&R is only doing trainings scheduled with one center at a time; this means that we will not have open trainings for different providers. If you are a center director and would like training for your staff, please contact your R&R Specialist to see about scheduling and social distance protocols.

Your R&R Specialist would like to remind everyone of free trainings on CECPD. Please go to to find the Statewide Calendar. This calendar has all available trainings in the state of Oklahoma. Find the drop-down tab labeled “Training Fee” to select "free" to find trainings that are free to attend. The Pyramid Model Modules are available for free and can be a total of 18 hours for training - simply search Pyramid Model on the calendar to find the link to sign up. CECPD has online training and announced that they will be adding free trainings a month until June. To sign up, go to and find the link to free trainings on the home page. A reminder - your registry log in will be different from If you have not done training on this site, you will need to register for a new account.

All resource kits are available for check out. If you are interested in borrowing a kit, please contact your R&R Specialist. Resource kits are cleaned and sanitized when they come back to us from other providers. We want to ensure that our providers and children are protected against viruses and germs.

Resource & Referral Director

Kelsey Thomas


Resource & Referral Specialist

(Kay, Noble, Washington, & Nowata)

Kristine Abbott


Resource & Referral Specialist

(Payne, Logan, Lincoln, Pawnee, and Osage)

Heather Cruz


Infant & Toddler Specialist

Renae Barnett



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