Finding Child Care

6683635_sOur referral specialists help families clarify their needs, make sense of options and become well informed, quality conscious consumers. Tailored referrals are made from up-to-date listings of family child care homes, child care centers, before and after school care, summer activities, and part day preschool programs. A complete description of these child care options are listed below.

Our referrals will match your needs based on the age of your child, days and hours you need child care, and the location most convenient for you. Rainbow Fleet Resource and Referral provides only referrals–we do not provide recommendations for any particular child care program. As with any decision regarding your children, you as a parent must carefully evaluate your choices and select the child care that you find most appropriate for your child. Before making child care arrangements, we encourage you to:

1. Review our checklist of items to consider when evaluating child care programs.

2. Visit more than one program before making a decision. Bring your checklist with you.
 
3. Make an appointment with the DHS child care licensing office to view each program’s licensing file. To contact the DHS child care licensing office in your area click here.
 
4. Ask the child care provider about their Star rating. Star ratings are indicative of the provider’s level of training in early childhood education, their commitment to providing an approved curriculum, reading to children and involving parents in their child care program. For more information on Oklahoma’s Reaching for the Stars ratings click here.