Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet: www.okdhs.org
Reaching for the Stars
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In Oklahoma, a variety of initiatives have been implemented to improve the level of child care quality. A tiered system of quality and reimbursement known as “Reaching for the Stars” provides incentives for programs that meet the “star” criteria. The Reaching for the Stars Program has 4 levels of rating facilities in which specified criteria must be met:


  • One-Star programs meet minimum licensing requirements.
  • One-Star Plus programs meet additional quality criteria which includes: additional training, reading to children daily, parent involvement and program assessment.
  • Two-Star programs meet additional quality criteria or are nationally accredited.
  • Three-Star programs meet additional quality criteria and are nationally accredited.


Contact Your Stars Outreach Specialist

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Contact Information

Jennifer Towell
Stars Program Manager

Phone: (405) 522-0256
Fax:      (405) 522-2564

Mailing Address:
PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

Dena Barker
Stars Assistant Program Manager

Phone: (918) 933-4617
Fax:      (918) 933-4665

Mailing Address:
6128 E. 38th St., Suite 315
Tulsa, OK 74135


Linda Bradford
Assistant Program Manager

Phone: (580) 254-6015
Fax:     (580) 254-6080

Mailing Address:
2119 W. Main
Woodward, OK 73801

Consultants and Technical Support Specialists (CATSS) are available to assist providers with stars criteria and obtaining educational qualifications, establishing goals to improve quality of care, implementing best practices, and assisting with the accreditation process
Last Updated:  7/20/2015