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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


Special Announcements
Summer is around the corner even though Oklahoma has had snow in May! Outdoor play is important for “children to use movement to express feelings, manipulate objects, and learn about the world.”(Active for life by Stephen Sanders) It also gives you the added benefit of Vitamin D and children getting their “wiggles out”.

As it gets hotter, Oklahoma Child Care Warmline would like to remind you about sun safety. “Evidence suggests that ultraviolet radiation (UVR), from sun exposure and sunburns during early life, is associated with increased risk of melanoma and other skin cancers in adulthood” AAP Summer Sunburn and Sun Exposure Among US Youths Ages 11 to 18. Here is a list of sun safety tips:

• During the hottest part of the summer children should do most of their play before 10 and after 3. • All outdoor playgrounds should have a shaded area. • Children over 6 months of age should use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and should be applied 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every 30 minutes, even on cloudy days.

Sunscreen should not be used on children under 6 months of age do to chemical may be too strong. Children under 6 months of age should stay out of direct sunlight because their skin is thinner and more sensitive. • Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing in the sun. • Receive parents’ written permission to apply sunscreen to their children. (Good Health Handbook).

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