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Ensuring children's success by the time they enter school.

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About OPSR

OPSR was created to help Oklahoma families access the early care and education, family support, and health and mental health services they need to support their children during their most critical period of development from birth through age five. OPSR facilitates collaborative planning and decision making to increase coordination between programs, to maximize the use of public and private funding, and to pursue policies that improve learning opportunities and environments for Oklahoma’s children.

Oklahoma Clearinghouse for Early Childhood Success

 

The Clearinghouse promotes well-being for Oklahoma children and their families by building an evolving definition of quality, fast-tracking innovation, implementing research-informed practice and practice-informed research to support and improve early childhood systems and maximizing public/private partnerships.

 

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Oklahoma Pyramid Model

 

The Pyramid Model promotes the skills necessary for young children, birth to age five, to understand and manage their emotions as well as addresses disparities in discipline practices, promotes family engagement and fosters inclusion of children with, and at risk for, developmental delays and disabilities. 

 

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Early Childhood Care & Education Access

 

In response to COVID-19, OPSR and over 40 early childhood stakeholders developed seven recommendations for our state to ensure equitable access to early childhood care and education (ECCE) for Oklahoma children.

 

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Early Childhood Integrated Data System

 

By sharing information, an Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) can answer key questions that help parents, teachers, providers and decision-makers be better equipped to support child wellbeing. 

 

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Project HOPE

 

Project HOPE (Harnessing Opportunity for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood Development) is designed to generate real progress toward equitable outcomes for young children and their families.

 

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The Pathway

 

The Oklahoma School Readiness Pathway is a compi.lation of benchmarks, goals, outcomes and indicators that illustrate how Health, Early Care & Learning and Family Support influence a child’s readiness for school. 

 

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Latest & Greatest


  Oklahoma Clearinghouse Promotes Public/Private Partnership  Image

Oklahoma Clearinghouse Promotes Public/Private Partnership

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) is thrilled to announce the receipt of $500,000 from private philanthropy in support of the Oklahoma Clearinghouse for Early Childhood Success, a statewide program focused on elevating best practices in early childhood development.

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Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Names New Director

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) Foundation board has named Carrie Williams as the organization’s new executive director. Williams joined OPSR as chief operating officer in May and has been working alongside interim executive director Dr. Amy Emerson to ensure Oklahoma’s early childhood system remains strong, cohesive and vigilant against pandemic challenges. Dr. Emerson was named interim executive director in February following Debra Andersen’s almost 11-year tenure as executive director.

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  Oklahoma Study Offers Insight Into Child Care Breaking Point During COVID-19 Image

Oklahoma Study Offers Insight Into Child Care Breaking Point During COVID-19

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) is pleased to share “Estimating the Cost of Quality Early Childhood Care & Education in Oklahoma” by Lynn A. Karoly and Stephanie J. Walsh with the RAND Corporation. During the pandemic, providers have been forced to operate at a reduced capacity and families have struggled to find affordable care, pushing our early childhood system to the breaking point. This study’s data on the financial impact of low enrollment sheds light on why it has been difficult for providers to stay in business during the pandemic and offers possible solutions for the future.

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Annual Report

Part of our responsibility as an organization is to present an annual report to the Governor of Oklahoma and the state legislature, so that early childhood stakeholders can better understand both the opportunities and barriers to school success that children and their families may face from birth to the time they enter school.