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Childcare 101: What every OU Parent Needs to Know

Step 1: Decide on the features you are looking for at a childcare center.

· Are you are looking for home-based childcare or a center?
· For toddlers, are you looking for a preschool-based program or more of an unstructured center?
· Do you need an after-school or all-day program?
· Do you need part- or full-time care?
· Do you need evening or daytime care?

Step 2: Determine if you qualify for a state child care subsidy?

· Subsidy is available for lower income families who are working or in school.
· Families earning approximately $2,425/month or less with one child in care, and $3,625/month with four or more children in care may qualify. If you are eligible, the state may pay all or part of the cost depending on your family income. You must choose licensed child care at a facility that has a contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) to accept subsidy payment.
· To determine if you qualify, check out the childcare eligibility/co-payment chart.
· To apply for benefits, you can go to your local human services center or apply on-line.
· For more information, you can also call OKDHS at 1-866-411-1877.

Step 3: Determine which child care centers meet your criteria.

· The OKDHS Child Care Locator can offer selections based on many variables.
· Oklahoma Childcare Resource and Referral has links to each county’s resource and referral agency. Here you can look up centers in your community that fit your criteria.
· For those in Cleveland County, Rainbow Fleet – Enhancing Child Development for Central Oklahoma is a great resource for looking up centers/homes.
· Other resources for finding childcare include: Norman Child Care Home Referral List and Day Care Resource Connection – Oklahoma.

Step 4: After you have narrowed your choices, select several to contact.

· Some center and home programs have waiting lists, so find out about current openings.
· Find out about cost and if the center/home takes subsidies (if applicable).
· Make a list of questions that are important to you such as: hours of operation; child to staff ratio; available enrichment activities for children that happen during the day; transporting children; communication with parents; TV/computer use; discipline style; whether lunches and/snacks are included; staff experience; policies on sick children; and background checks – just to name a few.
· Make visits to the center/home and even plan a visit with your child.
· Once you’ve determined a center/home that you like, ask for parent references. Other parents who have their children in care can be a valuable resource and a unique perspective.

Campus Resources

OUPD
From a campus phone: 911
From a non-campus phone: 325-1911 

OU Advocates (24/7 Crisis Line)
405-615-0013

Gender + Equality Center
gec@ou.edu
405-325-4929

OU Sexual Misconduct Office
Walker Center, W220, 2nd Floor or
Four Partners Place, 301 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 1000
405-325-2215

University Counseling Center
405-325-2911
www.ou.edu/ucc

OU Counseling Psychology Clinic
405-325-2914

Community Resources

Women’s Resource Center
405-701-5540 (Crisis Line)
405-364-9424 (Office Line)
www.wrcnormanok.org

Oklahoma Safeline
1-800-522-7233 (SAFE)

OKC YWCA
405-948-1770

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
405-524-0700 (referrals)
www.ocadvsa.org

National Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
www.atask.org

Break the Cycle
Dating violence information for 12-24 year olds.
www.breakthecycle.org

Faith Trust Institute
Addressing the religious and spiritual issues of sexual and domestic violence.
www.FaithTrustInstitute.org

Institute on Domestic Violence and the African American Community
www.idvaac.org

Laws
Online resources on domestic violence and related issues
Laws.com

Men Stopping Violence
www.menstoppingviolence.org

Narika
South Asian women and domestic violence resources
www.narika.org

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
www.ncadv.org

Violence Against Women
National Online Resource
vawnet.org

 Dating and Domestic Violence Resource Packet (pdf)

Campus Resources

University Counseling Center
Goddard Heath Center, Second Floor
(405) 329-2911

OU Psychology Clinic
2709 Lawrence Ave
(405) 325-2914

Gender + Equality Center
OMU Room 247
(405) 325-4929

Community Resources

Disordered Eating Center of Central OK 
(405)-292-1000

Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association
(405) 286-0545
www.okeatingdisorders.org

General Resources

National Eating Disorder Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders
www.anad.org

Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness
www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com

Andrea’s Voice
www.andreasvoice.org

Eating Disorders Information Network
www.myedin.org/

UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
www.uconnruddcenter.org/

Delta Delta Delta's Fat Talk FreeWeek
www.endfattalk.org

We Bite Back - online forum for those in recovery
www.webiteback.com

Campus Resources

Gender + Equality Center
OMU Room 247
www.ou.edu/gec
(405) 325-4929

Queer Student Association
Facebook Group

LGBTA- OU Tulsa
Lori Franklin, Advisor
lfranklin@ou.edu
(918) 660-3350

OU Tulsa Counseling
Schusterman Center, Room 1C53
mary-m-parker@ouhsc.edu
(918) 660-3109

University Counseling Center
Goddard Heath Center, Second Floor
(405) 325-2911

OUHSC Counseling Center
counselors@ouhsc.edu
(405) 271-7336

OU Psychology Clinic
2709 Lawrence Ave
(405) 325-2914

Community Resources

Freedom Oklahoma
(405) 446-8836
Educational efforts to advance the equality of LGBTQ Oklahomans
www.freedomoklahoma.org/

Oklahomans for Equality
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK
(918) 743-4297

Planned Parenthood Central Oklahoma
Transgender medical care
(405) 528-2157

Planned Parenthood Tulsa
LGBT Services
(918) 587-0589

Peer Listening Line for LGBT Youth under 25
(800) 399-7337

PFLAG Norman
(405) 360-4497
www.pflagnorman.org

PFLAG Tulsa
(918) 749-4901
www.pflagtulsa.org

National Gay/Lesbian Helpline
(888) 843-4564
Monday – Friday: 5-9pm; Saturday: 11-4pm

The Equality Network
(918) 671-3733
www.equality-network.org/

The Welcoming Project
Identifies local businesses and organizations that welcome LGBTQ patrons
www.thewelcomingproject.org

General Web Resources

Colage
Website for children of LGBT parents
www.colage.org

Human Rights Watch
Website with resources to challenge homophobia
www.hrw.org

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Website with many resources to help professionals support LGBTQ individuals
www.pflag.org

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
Resources for students and educators
Source of “Tackling Gay Issues in School” curriculum as well as others
www.glsen.org

Advocates for Youth
Lesson plans on diversity and sexuality, printable pamphlets by youth for youth on LGBTQ issues
www.advocatesforyouth.org

National Campus Pride
Online community for student leaders of LGBT organizations
www.campuspride.net

Delta Lambda Phi
National social fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men
www.dlp.org

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
www.glaad.org

BiNet USA
www.binetusa.org

National Center for Lesbian Rights
www.nclrights.org

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
www.glma.org

National Academic Advising Association
http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearninghouse/View-Articles/LGBTQ-resources-links.aspx

US Library of Medicine, Gay & Lesbian Health
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/gayandlesbianhealth.html

Service Members Legal Defense Network
www.sldn.org

Queer Resources Directory
www.qrd.org

Pride at Work
www.prideatwork.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
www.thetaskforce.org

Race and Ethnicity Web Resource

DeQH - South Asian LGBTQ national helpline
(908) 367-3374
www.deqh.org

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network
www.gapsn.org

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance
www.gapa.org

LGBT South Asians
www.trikone.org

Religion and Spirituality Web Resources

Affirmation, United Methodists for LGBT Concerns
www.unaffirm.org

Affirmation, Gay and Lesbian Mormons
www.affirmation.org

Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association
Presenting the third gender as described in ancient Vedic (Hindu) texts
www.galva108.org

Integrity
A national association of Lesbian and Gay Episcopalians and their friends
www.integrityusa.org

Dignity USA, LGBT Catholics
www.dignityusa.org

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
www.clgs.org

Muslim Alliance
muslimalliance.org

Coming Out Muslim
comingoutmuslim.com

Faisal Alam
www.faisalalam.com

Transgender Web Resources

International Foundation for Gender Education
www.ifge.org

Transgender Law
www.transgenderlaw.org

National Center for Transgender Equality
www.transequality.org

If you have been sexually assaulted, please know that it is not your fault and help is available. Take a look at our FAQ about sexual assault for more information, follow the links below for specific resources, or open the resource packet at the bottom of this section.

Campus Resources - Norman

OU Advocates (24/7 Crisis Line)
(405) 615-0013 

University Counseling Center
Goddard Heath Center, Second Floor
(405) 329-2911
www.ou.edu/ucc

OU Sexual Misconduct Office
Walker Center, W220, 2nd Floor or
Four Partners Place, 301 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 1000
(405) 325-2215

OU Psychology Clinic
2709 Lawrence Ave
(405) 325-2914

OUPD
911 for emergencies
Non-emergencies (405) 325-1911

Campus Resoures - HSC

OU Advocates (24/7 Crisis Line)
(405) 615-0013

HSC Student Counseling Services
David L. Boren Student Union
(405) 271-7336
counselors@ouhsc.edu

OU Sexual Misconduct Officer
Equal Opportunity Office, Service Center Building, Room 112
(450) 271-2110

OUHSC PD
911 for emergencies
Non-emergencies (405) 271-4300

Campus Resources - Tulsa

OU Advocates
(918) 660-3163 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

OU Sexual Misconduct
Josh Davis, Student Affairs
(918) 660-3107

OU Tulsa Counseling
Schusterman Center, Room 1C53
(918) 660-3109

Community Resources

Norman

Rape Crisis Center - Women's Resource Center
(405)-701-5660
www.wrcnormanok.org

Norman Police Department
911 for emergencies
Non-emergency (405) 3321-1600

Oklahoma City

Rape Crisis Line/YWCA
(405) 943-7272

Oklahoma City Police Department
911 for emergencies
Non-emergencies (405) 231-2121

Heartline Crisis Line
(405) 848-CARE

Tulsa

Call Rape/Tulsa Rape Crisis
(918) 585-3143

Tulsa Police Department
911 for emergencies
Non-emergency (918) 596-9222

211 Helpline
(918) 836-4357

Oklahoma Coaltion Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
(405) 524-0700
www.ocadvsa.org

Oklahoma Safeline
(800) 522-7233

Crime Victim's Compensation Board
(800) 745-6098

General Resources

After Silence
Message board and online community for sexual assault survivors
www.aftersilence.org

Laws
Resources on sexual violence
Laws.com

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
(877)-739-3895
www.nsvrc.org

Violence Against Women - Web Resource
vawnet.org

RAINN – Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
(800)-656-4637
www.rainn.org

SASHAA - Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad
1-866-879-6636
www.sasha.org

Sexual Assault Resource Packet (pdf)

Campus Resources

Goddard Health Services
325-4441

Community Resources

Cleveland County Health Department
250 12th Ave.
Norman, OK
321-4048

Planned Parenthood
2100 W. Lindsey
Norman, OK
360-1556

General Resources

  • Contraception:
    • www.birthcontrol.com 
      • A site for consumers – people order contraceptives online (including the Sponge); but it also contains updates and articles and stays pretty current.
    • www.ppfa.org
      • Planned Parenthood Federation of America site has fact sheets and research, also about EC.
    • www.rhtp.org
      • Reproductive Health Technologies Project – fact sheets and current/emerging information.
    • www.Not-2-late.com 
      • Information on where someone can obtain emergency contraception, advocacy, plus good general information.
  • STDs
  • General Sexuality

National Resources

  • http://www.singleparentsnetwork.com/
    • Provides a hub that has collectively gathered single parent web sites, articles, information, government resources, online discussion forum support boards, books, etc.
  • http://www.singlemom.com/
    • Find resources on financial aid, scholarships, help with basic needs, food, prescription drugs, health care, housing, legal info, etc.
  • http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org/
    • International group that provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques
  • http://www.singlespouse.com/
    • An online community and chat forum for single parents

State/Local Resources

Single Parent Booklist

Single Fathers, (1985), Geoffrey Greif.

Courage to Be a Single Mother: Becoming Whole Again after Divorce, (2001), Shelia Ellison.

Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent, David and Lisa Frisbie.

The PlaySkool Toddler’s Busy Play Book, (2007) Robin McClure.

How to Parent with your Ex, (2005), Brett McWhorter Sember.

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for Your Child, (1997), Isolina Ricci.

The Different Faces of Motherhood, (1988), Dale F. Hay and Beverly Birns.

Going it Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom, Michelle Howe.

Single Parents: A Reference Handbook, Karen L. Kinnear.

Single Mothers and their Children: A New American Dilemma, Sara S. McLanahan and Irwin Garfinkel.

It Takes a Village and other Lessons Children Teach Us, Hillary Clinton.

The Single Parent Resource, Brook Noel and Art Klein.

The Single Mother’s Survival Guide, Patrice Karst.

Positive Discipline for Single Parents: Nurturing, Cooperation, Respect and Joy in your Single-Parent Family, Carol Delzer, Cheryl Erwin and Jane Nelsen.

The Single Parent’s Almanac: Real-World Answers to Your Everyday Questions, Linda Foust.

26 Ways to Be a Better Single Parent Today, Nancy A. Kelley.

The Single Parent Resource: An A to Z Guide for the Challenges of Single Parenting, Brook Noel.

Positive Discipline for Single Parents: A Practical Guide to Raising Children who are Responsible, Respectful and Resourceful, Jane Nelson.

Campus Resources

OUPD
From a campus phone: 911
From a non-campus phone: (405) 325-1911

OU Advocates (24/7 Crisis Line)
(405) 615-0013

Gender + Equality Center
Room 247, OMU
Stalking support kits are available here
(405) 325-4929

OU Sexual Misconduct Office
Walker Center, W220, 2nd Floor or
Four Partners Place, 301 David L. Boren, Suite 1000
(405) 325-2215

Community Resources

Women's Resource Center - Norman
(405) 701-5540
www.wrcnormanok.org

National Resources

Stalking Resource Center
www.ncvc.org/src

Stalking Help
www.stalkinghelp.org

Stalking Victims Sanctuary
www.stalkingvictims.com

Women's Law
Look up information state-by-state on protective orders and other issues
www.womenslaw.org

Violence Against Women - Resources
vawnet.org

 Stalking Resource Packet (pdf)

Helpful Links