Child Care Services (CCS) works in partnership with parents, legislators, the Child Care Advisory Committee, child care providers, the federal Office of Child Care, Smart Start Oklahoma, state agencies, tribes, contractors and other stakeholders who are committed to fulfilling our mission.
Research indicates children experiencing a high-quality early childhood education are better prepared to enter school and have more positive outcomes throughout their lives. We are proud of Oklahoma’s commitment to support families and children by investing in quality child care. A strong licensing program is the foundation of quality child care.
Child Care Aware of America historically ranks Oklahoma’s licensing program among the top five in the nation for oversight and standards of family child care homes and child care centers. CCS licenses approximately 4,000 child care programs that have the capacity to care for approximately more than 125,000 children and employ over 15,000 people.
Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) called Reaching for the Stars, which was designed using both evidence-based quality criteria and tiered reimbursement. Almost 2,000 programs participate in Reaching for the Stars at the higher star levels.
All licensing staff provide on-site inspection, technical assistance and consultation to child care programs, ensuring quality of care and the enforcement of minimum requirements. We use an eXpedite platform on Surface Pro 3 tablets for mobile monitoring of child care, residential and child placing agencies. This state-of-the-art tablet allows staff to carry the tablet around with ease and leave a printed summary with the child care program at the end of the visit.