Child Care Services (CCS) works in partnership with parents, legislators, the Child Care Advisory Committee, child care providers, the federal Office of Child Care, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR), 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.
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.