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Southeastern Child Care Resource & Referral earns recognition

DURANT — Southeastern Child Care Resource & Referral was one of 12 Oklahoma companies and organizations recognized recently by The Potts Family Foundation.

The inaugural Oklahoma Certified Family Positive Workplace (FPW) Awards Ceremony was held June 27 at the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association in Oklahoma City. Senator Kay Floyd, who authored the recent family leave legislation, participated as keynote speaker and also presented the awards.

The FPW is one of the Potts Family Foundation’s newest programs, incubated several years ago in coordination with the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management and the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association.

The Southeastern Child Care Resource and Referral Agency is located on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus and is a proud advocate of children, families, and early care and education professionals.

The agency is part of a statewide network of child care resource & referral agencies funded largely by a partnership with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and a contract with the Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association. Southeastern Child Care Resource and Referral Agency serves the southeastern Oklahoma counties of Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha.

The agency’s purpose is to assist child care providers in delivering quality care and early education to children and families in SE Oklahoma.

Southeastern Child Care Resource and Referral Agency also represents Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the community by volunteering for community projects, serving on policy councils, committees and/or working groups in SE Oklahoma and at the state level.  The agency promotes Southeastern Oklahoma State University Early Care and Education Bachelor and Master’s Programs by providing program information and brochures.

In addition to promoting quality care and education, the agency assists families in locating child care that is tailored to meet their individual needs.

“The inclusion of the Family Positive Workplace into our program of work is a logical adoption given our focus on the wellness and development of families and their children,” said Craig Knutson, president and CEO of the Potts Family Foundation.  “As we expand our marketing efforts, we also see this program as an effective tool to better reach and interact with the private sector, which represents more than 70 percent of the employment in our state.”

The goal of the awards ceremony is to recognize companies who  have implemented, though their internal policies and procedures, family positive practices that better support their employee base.  The most common policy examples include flexible leave and work schedules, child care expense assistance, and paid time off for volunteer work.  Parenting seminars and brown bag lunches with information and resources on parenting skills made available to employees are also great ideas with little expense when building a family positive workplace.

“The research on the outcomes of employers implementing FPW policies is extensive and quite strong,” Knutson said.  “Companies that have family positive workplace policies in place have an easier time in both attracting new employees and retaining existing employees and experience increased productivity, loyalty and improved morale.”

Companies receiving awards at the ceremony were:

Community Service Council (Tulsa)
Great Plains Child Care Resource and Referral (Cache)
Great Plains Youth & Family Services (Hobart)
Nextep Inc. (Norman)
Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OKC)
Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth (OKC)
Rainbow Fleet Child Care Resource and Referral (OKC)
Smart Start Central Oklahoma (OKC)
Southeastern Child Care Resource & Referral (Durant)
Switchgear Search & Recruiting (Tulsa)
United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma (Enid)
Variety Care (OKC)