Child Care Resource Center

Ensuring quality child care in Tulsa and surrounding counties

A program of CSC, the Child Care Resource Center offers quality child care resource and referral services to families, providers, businesses, and the community, employing a staff of child care professionals with expertise including child development, early childhood, nutrition, nursing, social work and more. 

CCRC Referral Specialists, several of whom hold advanced degrees in child development and related fields, conduct in-depth, specialized searches to help families find child care just right for them. We’re just a phone call or click away at 1.800.438.0008 or

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News & Highlights

June 2017: It was another successful Top of the Town in 2017! Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making it a grand event, and helping raise funds for CCRC!

April 2017: We hosted the 5th biennial International Infant & Toddler Conference on April 5 – 8 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. The event is held as a premier professional development opportunity for child care providers and state agencies. Our staff coordinated and planned the event, that successfully drew more than 325 child care professionals from across the world, with representatives from more than 15 states and six countries. The event highlighted expert leaders in the field of Early Learning, including key note speakers Robin and Toni Christie (New Zealand), Elsa Chahin (Mexico), and Paulina Zawadzka (Poland), and several more.
CCRC Program Director Karen Smith was featured in a national article about CCRC’s participation in Tulsa’s international exchange programs.
November 2016: CCRC led a Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training in partnership with Child Care Aware® of America on the newly updated emergency preparedness curriculum. Attendees included child care resource and referral staff, trainers, coaches, mentors, and those providing technical assistance. The training helped local child care professionals learn to better respond to the unique needs of children in emergencies and disasters.
August 2016: CCRC awarded two-year $165,000 grant from Child Care Aware of America to serve as a community Resilience Hub in the event of emergencies or natural disasters. Learn More >
Each month, CCRC hosts Storytime in the CCRC Library for families to promote literacy. 2nd Thursday of the month from 10-11 am. Email Karen Smith for details.
We helped 325 families in eastern Oklahoma in 2015 find quality child care for their children.

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Melinda Belcher, M.Ed. CIRS

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

Our Work

Referrals and education to help families choose child care
Training and education for child
care providers
Individualized consultation and mentoring
Nutrition supports for children
in child care
Toy lending and resource library
Advocating for increased child care standards and increased subsidy supports

Current Priorities

Enhancing foundations for lifelong health and wellness by providing training on health, safety, nutrition, physical fitness and wellness; and increasing number of children eating well balanced diet.

Enhancing the knowledge and skills of families to nurture children’s development and learning by provide resources and support to caregivers.

Enhancing children’s learning environments by supporting programs to achieve and maintain best practice standards.

Supporting a consistent, knowledgeable and effective workforce through ongoing training and technical assistance.

Supporting an overall plan for investment in quality “birth through eight” initiatives statewide.

Recent Results

59% of families found child care from the referrals provided.

645 children were served nutritious meals and snacks during November in 67 family child care home providers on the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

During 2015, 4 centers were re-accredited and 12 centers maintained accreditation through National Association for the Education of Young Children

During 2015, 3 family child care homes were newly accredited, 1 home was reaccredited and 8 maintained accreditation through National Association for Family Child Care.

During 2015, 1428 child care professionals attended 4950 hours of training

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