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The Warmline for Oklahoma Child Care Providers offers free telephone consultation to child care providers on numerous topics of concern.  Consultants can also refer providers to appropriate services and resources within their communities.

 A Consultant Can Help:

  • Clarify a problem
  • Provide information, included printed materials, if available
  • Help generate ideas and solutions
  • Offer guidance on developmentally appropriate practices
  • Provide referrals to meet individual needs and requests
  • Direct providers to relevant resources to assist with a concern
  • Provide follow-up when needed

Consultants answer the Warmline Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or click here.  Messages left after hours will be answered as
soon as a consultant is available.  Questions can also be emailed

Automated Topic Library:

Pre-recorded messages on a variety of topics related to child care, health, and development are available on the Warmline 24 hours a day or click here
If you would like a complete list of the 1,500 topics available, call the Warmline  at 1-888-574-5437 or submit your request by email.


Child Guidance Service
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, Ok.  73117-1299
(405) 271-4477

For tips on how to build the core competencies in children contact The Child Care Warmline.

Resource: 2013 Children's Home Society of California

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does it mean for a child to be ready for school?
A: School Readiness involves areas of development that work together to support the preschool child’s full learning potential. It is a combination of Core Competencies (inner strengths) and Academic Competencies (knowledge and skills) which prepares a child for success. Core Competencies include: Resilience, Self-Regulation, Well-Being, Social Skills, and Critical Thinking.

Interesting Facts
*RESILIENCE: Resilience is the ability to withstand stress and cope with challenges. Having resilence helps people adjust to new situations, keep a positive outlook, overcome risk and difficult situations, and take responsibility for their decisions.

*SELF-REGULATION: Self-Regulation is the ability to control urges and behavior, identify emotions, and respond appropriately.

*WELL-BEING: Well-Being is maintaining good mental, emotional, and physical health, developing a positive self-esteem, and having a sense of purpose.

*SOCIAL SKILLS: Social Skills involve getting along with others, forming strong positive attachments, resolving conflicts, being honest, having integrity, and demonstrating sensitivity.

*CRITICAL THINKING: Critical Thinking is the ability to plan, set goals, apply reason and logic to situations, analyze information, and think creatively.

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