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Oklahoma's Early Childhood Advisory Council Names New Interim Director

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) is pleased to name Dr. Amy Emerson as its interim director. Dr. Emerson currently works as a senior advisor to Early Learning Works by Tulsa Educare as well as in the private sector as a physician and small business owner.

“Dr. Emerson is someone I have come to know both professionally and personally over the last 15 years. OPSR could not ask for a more tireless advocate or more creative thought leader — her commitment to the power of early learning knows no bounds. I’m thrilled to work alongside Amy as we chart OPSR’s path forward.” said Annie Van Hanken, president, OPSR Foundation, and senior program officer, Parent Education & Early Childhood, George Kaiser Family Foundation.

In addition to her work as a physician, Dr. Emerson has served as a Reach Out and Read Medical Champion since 2003 and a leader in the local implementation of the Talking is Teaching campaign as well as a national consultant to other cities.

As executive director to our state’s only early childhood advisory council, Dr. Emerson will be responsible for supporting OPSR’s mission to improve the lives of children by building publicprivate partnerships and fostering cross-sector collaborations and policies that reduce trauma, improve equity and ensure the health and safety of our state’s youngest learners.

“I'm honored to join the board and staff of OPSR as we continue our partnerships with private and public organizations to carry out the vision that all Oklahoma children are safe, healthy, eager to learn and ready to succeed by the time they enter school. This mandate has never been more relevant, and we will continue to look for innovative ways to make this vision a reality for the over 300,000 children birth to five in our great state,” Dr. Emerson said.