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Do you need help finding child care? Let the child care experts assist you in your search. CCR&R’s main goal is to help families find quality child care. The Southeastern Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRRA) is a FREE service for parents. It is an agency designed to help you find quality child care for your child(ren).

We can assist you with the following:

  • Assistance with finding child care which meets families’ needs.
  • Information on choosing a quality child care program.
  • Information on 1+ to 5 star child care programs.
  • Help locating financial assistance.
  • Information on resources available to children and families in your community.
  • Information on continued child care success for you and your child.We can help you find child care in the 11 counties we serve, Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha. Simply call 1-800-438-0008 to speak to a Child Care Referral Specialist. The referral line is open M – F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can also search for child care online by clicking HERE.

 

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Types of Care
The three main types of care are Family Child Care Homes, Large Family Child Care Homes, and Child Care Centers

  • Child Care Center
    A facility which provides care for 8 or more children and operates for more than 30 hours per week and must be licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).
  • Family Child Care Home
    A residential home where care is provided for 7 or fewer children for part of the 24 hour day. Family child care homes must be licensed for DHS.
  • Large Family Child Care Home
    A residential home where care is provided for no more than 12 children for part of the 24 hour day. Ratios apply for ages of children and in most cases an assistant is required. Large family child care homes must be licensed by DHS.
  • Preschool
    A facility which provides care for 8 or more children which operates less than 30 hours per week. If operating more than 15 hours per week, the program must be licensed for DHS.
  • Part time/Drop in
    Care for children usually on a temporary or emergency basis, for part day or part week (ex. Mother’s Day Out, support groups for parents, or drop in centers). Programs operating more than 15 hours per week must be licensed by DHS.
  • School Age Care
    Care for children age 6 or above that operate when school is not in session (ex. before/after school, summer break, school holidays). Most school age programs operating for more than 15 hours per week must be licensed by DHS.
  • Camps (Summer)
    Programs that offer full or part day summer activities. Many camps must be licensed by DHS.
  • Nanny Services
    Care in the child’s home by a certified nanny. The nanny may or may not live within the home. Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies can refer you to the nanny placement agencies.

Southeastern Child Care Resource & Referral Agency – 1-580-745-2105

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One Star Family Child Care Homes

Child's AgeDaily Rates
Full Time
Daily Rates
Part Time
Blended Rates Traditional Blended Rates Extended
0-24 months$15.50$10.70N/AN/A
25-48 months$13.20$8.60N/AN/A
49 - 72 months$13.20$8.60$9.60$10.70
73 months - 13 years$11.00$6.70$7.70$8.80

One Star PLUS Family Child Care Homes

Child's AgeDaily Rates F/TDaily Rates P/TBlended Rates Traditional Blended Rates Extended
0-24
$20.70$13.90N/AN/A
25-48 months$18.50$12.80N/AN/A
49-72 months418.50$12.80$14.80$15.90
73 months- 13 yrs$13.70$9.60$11.00$12.10

Two Star Family Child Care Homes

Child's AgeDaily Rates F/TDaily Rates P/TBlended Rates TraditionalBlended Rates Extended
0-24 Months$28.60$18.20N/AN/A
25-48$26.50$16.70N/AN/A
49-72 months $22.80$15.00$17.30$18.70
73 months - 13 yrs$18.20$11.80$13.70$15.10

Three Star Family Child Care Homes

Child's Age Daily Rates Full TimeDaily Rates Part Time Blended Rates Traditional Blended Rates Extended
0-24 months $35.00$23.20N/AN/A
25-48 months$26.50$16.70N/AN/A
49 - 72 months $22.80$15.00$17.30$18.70
73 months - 13 yrs$18.20$11.80$13.70$15.10

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Oklahoma licensing standards have specific requirements for the ratio of adult caregivers to children. The number of children per adult is important because it has a direct effect on how much individual attention your child receives.

Child Care Centers

Ratio and Group Size at Child Care Centers
Age Staff/Child Ratio Maximum Group Size
Infants (up to 12 months) 1:4 8
Toddlers (12 to 23 months) 1:6 12
Two year olds 1:8 16
Three year olds 1:12 24
Four and Five year olds 1:15 30
Six year olds and over 1:20 40

Family Child Care Homes

Childen to Adult Ratios in Family Child Care Homes
Adult Caregivers Children under 2 Childen 2 & up Total # of children
1 0 7 7
1 1 6 7
1 2 5 7
1 3 3 6
1 4 1 5
1 5 0 5
2 3 4 7
2 4 3 7
2 5 2 7
2 6 1 7
2 7 0 7

Large Family Child Care Homes

Children to Adult Ratios in Large Family Child Care Homes
Adult Caregivers Total # of Children Ages of Children Staff/Child Ratio
1 5 Any age 1:5
1 6 No more than 3 under 2 1:6
1 7 No more than 2 under 2 1:7
1 7 All age 2 and older 1:7
1 8 All age 3 and older 1:8
1 10 All age 4 and older 1:10
1 12 All age 5 and older 1:12
2 8 All under age 2 1:4
2 12 No more than 6 under age 2 1:6
3 12 No more than 8 under age 2 1:4

(All information was taken from www.okdhs.org)

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Quality Rating Scale (Reaching for the Stars)

Reaching for the Stars is Oklahoma’s quality rating scale for child care. There are four levels.

  • 1 Star Overview
    Programs meet and maintain minimum licensing requirements that ensure the basic health and safety of the children in care.  PDF IS at the Top

    2 Stars Overview
    Programs meet all 1 Star criteria plus quality criteria such as staff have enhanced education and training in child development and other topics related to their work with children and offering ways for families to join in their child’s education and development, including partnering with families to plan for individual children’s needs.

     

    3 Stars Overview
    Programs meet all 1 & 2 Star criteria and additional quality criteria such as providing rich, hands-on activities and equipment that interest the children and sharing this information with families.

    4 Stars Overview
    Programs meet 1, 2 & 3 Star criteria and additional quality criteria such as lesson plans that meet the interests and developmental needs for each child and providing regular program-wide activities that promote basic skills and higher-level thinking.

    5 Stars Overview
    Programs meet 1, 2, 3 & 4 Star criteria and additional quality criteria such as adding their choice of five or more program-wide practices which could include child and family orientation, daily playground safely checks, and working with schools (with parental permission) about children’s heath and wellness.

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Being involved in your child’s learning can make a huge difference in his/her life. Visiting and participating in events at the child care facility will send a strong message. This will show your child & provider that you care about what your child is doing. The following are examples of how you can stay involved:

  • Open Communication
  • Honesty & Trust
  • Consistency
  • Understanding
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Caregivers Qualifications
Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn.

Turnover

How long have the current caregivers been there? It’s best if children can stay with the same caregiver for at least a year. This helps children and caregivers maintain a better learning environment.

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You want to make sure that the facility looks clean and safe for your child. Pay attention to the surroundings, so that you know your child will be safe and healthy at all times. When your child is in a safe child care setting that you can count on, you won’t have to worry while you’re at work. You know that your child is getting the care they need to be healthy and safe.

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Accreditation Organizations

Is your child care program interested in pursuing the Three-Star rating in Oklahoma’s Reaching for the Stars program? Click below or call directly those agencies your program is most interested in pursuing to find out more information about the accreditation agencies recognized by the State of Oklahoma.

ACSI – the Association of Christian Schools International supports institutions housed within a religious affiliated child care program. 1-800-367-0798. Click here to go to the ACSI web site.

AdvancED– AdvancEd provides accreditation for early learning schools. 1-888-413-3669 Click here to go to AdvancED website.

APPLE – the Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment. 1-877-634-9874. Click here to go to the APPLE web site.

COA – the Council on Accreditation is for licensed behavioral health programs.  -212-797-3000. Click here to go to the COA web site.

NAC – the National Accreditation Commission For Early Care and Education meets two and three Star criteria for Child Care Centers. 1-800-537-1118. Click here to go to the National Accreditation Commission web site.

NAEYC – the National Association for the Education of Young Children supports child care centers that care for children ages six weeks to school age. 1-800-424-2460. Click here to go to the NAEYC web site.

NAFCC – the National Association for Family Child Care supports only family child care homes. 1-801-269-9338 or Toll Free 1-800-359-3817. Click here to go to the NAFCC web site.

NECPA – the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation supports child care centers that care for children ages six weeks to school age. 1-855-706-3272. Click here to go to the NECPA web site.

OPSR– the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Click here to go to the OPSR web site.

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DHS Subsidy

How does OKDHS help me pay for Child Care?

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will pay all or part of your licensed and contracted child care while you work or attend school. You might pay a portion of child care costs based on your household income. To apply for assistance, contact your local Oklahoma Department of Human Services office or call toll-free: 1–888–521–2778 or visit the OKDHS website

Tribal Subsidy- Choctaw Nation

If you as a parent/guardian have C.D.I.B. (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) from a federally recognized Indian Tribe, or if your children have a C.D.I.B. card, you may apply for Choctaw Nation Child Care Assistance. There are four ways you can obtain an application:

  • Call 1–800–522–6170 and ask for the Child Care Assistance Department
  • Visit the office at 16th and Locust in Durant, Oklahoma
  • Visit any Choctaw Nation Tribal Field Office
  • Visit the Choctaw Nation website: http://www.choctawnation.com/and look under programs for child care assistance

Child Care Tax Credits

If you work and have children, you could be eligible for up to thousands of dollars for you and your family. Find out more today! For more information, and to find out where to get free tax preparation assistance, call the Internal Revenue service toll-free at 1–800–TAX1040 or 1–800–829–1040. and the Oklahoma Tax Commission at 1–405–521–3160.