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Child Care Advisory Committee Minutes

March 11, 2020

Members Present:

Michelle Stasser Kristi Simpson William Alexander
Amanda McClain Harold Jergenson Tammy Maus
Brent Thackerson Midge Woodard Gayla Ham
Rachel Proper Aimee Ryan Angela Whisnant
Peggy Byerly Debra Andersen Jill Goyette
Carrie Jacobs Gayla Carnagey Cheryl Hight
Darla Cheek Stephanie Lippert Kay Floyd
Audra Haney Jennifer McKay  

Members not Present:  

Ari Conner Felicia Jackson Jason Charles

Others Present:

Janell Wheat Stephanie Daniels Jana Cornelius
Amber Tucker Kara Hard Gabrielle Moon
Linda Bradford Mindy Yoder Leslie Bradford
Paula Koos Diane Bedell Terri Davis
Joni Riley Mitzi Lee Bonnie Clift
Ashley Ousley Denise Anderson Shannon Kaelin
Sandy Grace Linda Whaley Carole Turner
Michelle Spears Quen Wilczek Andrew Norton
Kristina Allen Lisa Woolsey Susan Kimmel
Susan Case Erica Richmond Amy Cornelson
Jennifer King LaDona Elder Tiffney Carss
Shaunda Williams Shane Williams Katie Quebedeaux
  • Meeting Notices:
    • The Agenda and Meeting Notice were posted 03/04/2020 on with a list of all CCAC meetings for 2020 submitted to the Secretary of State on 12/13/2019
  • Call to Order:
    • Michelle Stasser called meeting to order at 10:00 am
  • Reflection:
    • Brent Thackerson provided words of reflection
  • Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes:  
    • December 11, 2019 minutes were approved  
  • Standing Membership Subcommittee Report:
    • Rachel Proper provided report
    • Subcommittee members have not met in-person since Eloise retired
    • Recommendations for appointments:
      • State Fire Marshall – Susan Cain – 1st term begins in June
      • Corporate Child Care – Cheryl Hight – 2nd term
      • Standing Membership Subcommittee Chair - Gayla Carnagey
      • All recommendations approved unanimously             
    • The following positions are still vacant:
      • Rural Family Child Care Home
      • Part-day Programs
      • Private Partnership
    • Jason Charles terms out as Board Chairperson as of this meeting
      • Tammy Maus nominates Brent Thackerson
      • Nominations will remain open so any other nominations can be submitted to Standing Membership Subcommittee members
    • New member orientation was attended by:
      • Mindy Yoder
      • Carrie Jacobs
  • Standing Subcommittee Reports:
    • Family Child Care Homes Standing Subcommittee
      • No report
    • QRIS Standing Subcommittee
      • Rachel Proper provided report
        • A draft copy of subcommittee recommendations for possible STARS expansion was reviewed and members provided feedback
          • Suggestions for the subcommittee to consider will be accepted until the end of the March. Final draft will be submitted to board after any changes.
        • Subcommittee will meet again today at 1 pm
    • Child Care Facilities (centers) Standing Subcommittee
      • Tammy Maus
        • Subcommittee workgroup on child care complaint processes met with Child Care Services – there is a follow-up meeting scheduled for April to continue the discussion
        • Have not met as a subcommittee since then but will be meeting again before June CCAC in OKC area
    • Residential Standing Subcommittee
      • Brent Thackerson provided report
  • Subcommittee last met on Feb. 19 and discussed proposed licensing change.
  • Legislative Update:
    • Linda Whaley provided report and handout
    • Members discussed why SB 951 language was changed from what members agreed upon during Sept. 11, 2019 meeting
  • Licensing Sanctions Report:
    • Kristi Simpson provided report and handout
  • Old Business:
    • No old business was discussed
  • New Business:
    • Jill Goyette, YMCA – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
      • The YMCA of the USA along with 3 other major organizations – Darkness to Light, Presidium, and Redwoods – are hosting 5 Days of Action, April 13-17, focused on child sexual abuse prevention and getting the word out using the words Know, See, and Respond – to simplify a complex topic to be able to talk about child sexual abuse prevention. Organizations can register at
      • April 14 at 10 am there will be a press conference at the capitol in the Blue Room           
    • Tammy Maus asked if DHS could talk about new coaching department – what that will entail, etc.
      • 10 new positions will be working with staff and programs to encourage quality and they're going through training  on different subjects – one of those is the pyramid model
      • Debra Andersen – Oklahoma is in the initial stages of thinking about how to set up a state leadership team to become a state that has a statewide implementation cross-sector – across all early childhood care and education settings with the pyramid model. That will provide an anchor of organization across all programs – coordination and communication about what the pyramid model is and all the components of that and how that supports social emotional development for kids.
      • has videos and reading materials
    • Tammy Maus – Gabrielle Moon with St. Luke's Child Development Center is having a child care conference March 13-14
    • Tammy Maus asked if anyone has any guidance regarding coronavirus
      • Health Department website
      • CDC website
      • Shared Services
  • Public Comments:
    • Janell Wheat – spoke about recent issue at her center with a parent and the resulting  complaint that parent reported to DHS
    • Erica Richmond – spoke about DHS complaint system and her own experience with false reports – would like parents to have to pay a charge for false complaints
    • Shane Williams – spoke about Bill 1020 – which basically concentrates on false claims
  • Meeting adjourned at 11:50 am
  • Next Meetings:
    • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Zoom
    • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – TBD
    • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - TBD