In 2003 House Bill 1094 created our organization, the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR). This legislation recognized more state-level action is required to successfully support families and children from birth to five-years-old. At this state level, OPSR engages and informs policy makers and the public on how to improve children’s health and development. Together, we lead public and private partnerships, so that children arrive at school with the knowledge, skills and physical and emotional health to achieve success. We also utilize data, research and best practices that engage parents, nonprofit leaders, community partners and business leaders to inform recommendations to the Governor and legislature.
The Oklahoma School Readiness Pathway serves as our roadmap to identify, monitor and report how Oklahoma is or isn’t meeting school readiness benchmarks. This pathway brings the latest research to the forefront and identifies areas for improvement in programs, policies and funding. Ultimately, our goal is for Oklahoma’s early childhood system to be coordinated, aligned and adequately funded.
Our vision is that all Oklahoma children are safe, healthy, eager to learn and ready to succeed by the time they enter school.
Our mission is to lead Oklahoma in coordinating an early childhood system that strengthens families and ensures all children are ready for school.
The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board is comprised of a diverse group of members, including early childhood experts and state leaders, that are responsible for carrying out state and federal legislatively-defined mandates.
Each year the OPSR Board prioritizes several focus areas to improve the lives of young children and their families, such as the following:
Click the links below to learn more about the OPSR Board.
If you’re interested in becoming an OPSR board member, you can apply on the governor’s website. Click here to be directed to that application page.
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority
Designee: Curtis Calvin
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Designee: Jennifer King
Kids R Us of Tecumseh
Chief Executive Officer
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Designee: Shelly Patterson
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
William “Bill” Doenges
Marianne "Marny" Dunlap, MD
Children's Hospital, OU Medical Center
State Director of Head Start Collaboration
Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies
Designee: Karla Benford
Oklahoma State Department of Rehabilitation Services
Designee: Chris Dvorak & Rita Echelle
Colonel Lance Frye, MD
Commissioner of Health
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Designees: Joyce Marshall & Beth Martin
The Funk Companies
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Designees: Tiffany Neill
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Designee: Gina McPherson
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Designee: Adrienne Butler
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Designee: Marshall Vogts
Annie Koppel Van Hanken
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Designee: Joann Carter
OPSR Board Vice Chair
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Designee: Audra Haney
Big Five Community Services, Inc.
Stephan M. Wilson, Ph.D., CFLE
Regents Professor and Dean
College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
Designee: Jennifer Stepp
Annette Wisk Jacobi
Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth
OPSR Board Chair
Secretary of Education
October 21, 2021
July 15, 2021
April 15, 2021 (Virtual Meeting)
March 2, 2021 (Virtual, Special Joint Meeting w/ the OPSR Foundation)
January 21, 2021 (Cancelled)
October 22, 2020 (Virtual Meeting)
September 17, 2020 (Virtual, Special Meeting)
July 16, 2020 (Virtual Meeting)
To inquire about previous OPSR Board agendas or minutes, please email email@example.com.
This committee is responsible for directing OPSR Board’s state level work by participating in ongoing problem analysis, solution design, implementation, learning and redesign.
October 1, 2020
July 9, 2020
April 2, 2020
January 14, 2020
November 21, 2019
September 5, 2019
The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness staff work diligently to ensure children are on a successful path. Currently, OPSR has seven team members with various expertise and skills that allow our organization to maximize efforts and impact Oklahoma children.
Interim Executive Director
Amy is an experienced, board-certified pediatrician with a special interest in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She currently works as a senior advisor to Early Learning Works by Tulsa Educare as well as in the private sector as physician and small business owner. In addition, she 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 office manager, Chris utilizes his eight years’ experience in higher education to support OPSR’s mission and vision. He has his Master of Business Administration from Argosy University. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University where he studied under the Heidelberg Philharmonic’s principle horn player in Germany. Born and raised in Southern California, Chris is a member of the Red Coyote Racing team and enjoys spending his free time running half marathons.
As administrative coordinator, Courtney works on OKFutures, a grant that is focused on aligning Oklahoma's existing services and programs for children and families. She has four years of experience working in business management and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and management with a minor in marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her other interests include cosmetology, and she has her cosmetology and esthetics license from Meridian Technology Center. Born and raised in Guthrie, Okla., Courtney is happy to be a part of the OPSR team and continue her passion for helping Oklahoma's youth to ensure they have a bright future.
Carlye was born and raised in Texas and later attended the University of Oklahoma where she received her master’s degree in social work. She comes to OPSR after six years in the non-profit sector where she worked with at-risk youth in both a direct service and supervisory capacity. Her experience with children and families has made her passionate about giving back to her community and advocating for our most vulnerable citizens. In her role as program director, Carlye will utilize her skills to help manage program operations and grants.
With six years prior experience as Rainbow Fleet's executive director, Carrie comes to OPSR with a passion for enhancing the quality of life of children, families and child care providers. In addition to her nonprofit work, she served as the finance director and chief compliance officer of two statewide campaigns. She brings knowledge of budget development, fundraising, staff management and more to her current role as COO. Carrie holds her bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and continues to serve her community by volunteering with Palomar, Oklahoma City's family justice center. She is married to Brian Williams, an attorney, and the couple have two sons, Noah, age 8 and Benjamin, age 3.