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Child Care Advisory Committee - Minutes

March 13, 2019

Members Present:

Michelle Stasser Jason Charles William Alexander
Tammy Maus Darla Cheek Peggy Byerly
Jill Goyette Audra Haney Harold Jergenson
Debra Andersen Felicia Jackson Kay Floyd
Cheryl Hight Eloise Locust Patrick Klein
Ari Conner Andrea Schwarz Brent Thackerson

Members not Present:  

Amanda McClain Annie VanHanken Steve Blunk
Gayla Ham Jennifer McKay Jolene Ring
Midge Woodard Rachel Proper  

Others Present:

Andrew Norton Michelle Spears Leslie Bradford
Kristi Simpson Ashley Ousley Carole Turner
Susan Case Wendy Argo Bonnie Clift
Paula Koos Sarah Albahadily LuAnn Faulkner-Schneider
Linda Whaley Kathy Cronemiller Jennifer McCord
Denise Anderson Mitzi Lee  
  • Meeting Notices:
    • The Agenda and Meeting Notice were posted  03/06/2019 on  with a  list of all CCAC meetings for 2019 submitted to the Secretary of State on 01/09/2019
    • The Meeting Notice was posted at Catholic Charities on 03/12/2019
  • Call to Order:
    • Jason Charles called meeting to order at 10:056 am
  • Reflection:
    • Brent Thackerson provided words of reflection
  • Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes:  
    • December 12, 2018 minutes were approved  
  • Standing Membership Subcommittee Report:
    • Eloise Locust provided report
    • Met on 3/11/2019 1:30 pm at the DHS offices, Sequoyah Building
      • Present were Eloise Locust, Rachel Proper, Brent Thackerson, and Patrick Klein
        • They reviewed the membership list and there are still currently four vacancies:
          • Rural Family Child Care Homes
          • A private citizen
          • Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma
          • Part-day programs
        • Discussed the feedback they received from some rural family child care homes about the challenges to participate on this committee:
          • The time of the day of the meetings
          • Needing a substitute
          • Expense of hiring substitute
          • Time spent away from their program
          • Travel expense
      • If anyone has recommendations for these vacancies please let someone know on the Membership Subcommittee.
      • During the meeting a question was raised about the number of designees that a CCAC member can have. They reviewed the by-laws about the committee makeup and there was no limit stated. Right now we have one designee but should more be allowed?
        • New Business – Discussed whether the STARS Review Board member could also be a rotating position like the Peer Review Board
          • The statute regarding this states "The advisory committee shall designate two people to serve on the department's STARS Administrative Review Panel; at least one designee shall be an owner/operator of a licensed child care center.
        • Feedback received today will be discussed at the next subcommittee meeting and CCAC members will vote on their recommendations at June 12, 2019 meeting.
          • Explore if there is a source of funding (could be external from DHS) that could be used for travel expenses.
    • Orientation was attended today by:
      • Patrick Klein
  • Standing Subcommittee Reports:
    • Child Care Facilities (centers) Standing Subcommittee
      • No report provided
    • Family Child Care Homes Standing Subcommittee
      • Ari Conner provided report
        • Subcommittee has not met in last quarter but will try to meet by teleconference next week
        • Still working on filling some vacancies on the subcommittee
    • QRIS Standing Subcommittee
      • No report provided
    • Residential Standing Subcommittee
      • Brent Thackerson provided report
      • The subcommittee will meet again on June 12, 2019 at 9:00 am
        • They've been discussing how to get more people to attend
        • They didn't have anything new to bring to the committee today

  • Legislative Update:
    • Linda Whaley provided report and handout
  • Licensing Sanctions Report:
    • Kristi Simpson provided report and handout
  • Old Business:
    • OBI update provided by Patrick Klein
      • Working within about a week's processing time
      • Working on adding positions for the mobile unit
  • New Business:
    • William Alexander brought up the recent legalization in Oklahoma of Medical Marijuana and if this group should put out recommendations for programs
      • Each member will speak to their respective groups about recommendations and we will discuss again in June.
    • Brent Thackerson would like to propose recognizing new programs at each quarterly meeting (e.g. certificate of appreciation).
    • Jill Goyette – Annual 5 Days of Action April 22 – 26 for Child Abuse Prevention Month
      • Bring child abuse awareness out to the community
      • Tools and resources are free
      • This year's focus is on "Know, See, & Respond"
  • Public Comments:
    • Kathy Cronemiller – asking for assistance with obtaining background/fingerprinting information for people who have lived out-of-state; California and Texas are especially difficult.
      • Other members said this is an issue for their programs also
      • OBI will work with programs in these instances
      • Amy Cornelson should be able to answer some of the questions brought up
  • Meeting adjourned at 11:09 am
  • Next Meetings:
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Catholic Charities
    • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – TBD
    • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – TBD