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
Designees: Jennifer King & Brittany Lee
State Director of Head Start Collaboration
Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies
Designee: Karla Benford
Kids R Us of Tecumseh
Chief Executive Officer
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Designee: Shelly Patterson
Colonel Lance Frye, MD
Commissioner of Health
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Designees: Joyce Marshall & Beth Martin
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Marianne "Marny" Dunlap, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma State Department of Rehabilitation Services
Designees: Chris Dvorak & Rita Echelle
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Designee: Tiffany Neill
Annette Wisk Jacobi
Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth
Dr. Glen Johnson
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Designee: Gina McPherson
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Designee: Adrienne Butler
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Designee: Marshall Vogts
Community Programs Director
Youth & Family Services, Inc.
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Designee: Joann Carter
Dr. Jon Pedersen
Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Oklahoma State University
Designee: Jennifer Stepp
Director of Pharmacy
Oklahoma Indian Clinic
Child Care, Inc.
OPSR Board Vice Chair
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Designee: Audra Haney
Big Five Community Services, Inc.
Annie Koppel Van Hanken
Senior Program Officer
George Kaiser Family Fund
Secretary of Public Education
State of Oklahoma
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Carrie Williams joined OPSR as chief operating officer in May 2021 and worked alongside interim executive director Dr. Amy Emerson to ensure Oklahoma’s early childhood system remained strong, cohesive and vigilant against pandemic challenges.
A native of Marlow, Okla., Williams is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Before coming to OPSR, she spent seven years as executive director of Rainbow Fleet, a fifty-year-old nonprofit that improves access to child development programs and services for central Oklahoma families, children and child care providers.
Carrie serves her community by volunteering with Palomar, Oklahoma City's family justice center. Carrie and her husband, Brian, have two sons, Noah and Benjamin.
Vicki Bumpas joined OPSR's finance department in January 2019. Vicki graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and, before joining OPSR, acquired years of accounting experience for the public/private oil and gas sector, a private family foundation and a private accounting practice. She has also served in the treasury capacity on numerous community boards.
Vicki loves being at OPSR because values like integrity, connection, diversity, equity, inclusion, quality and innovation are “core to the important work we do in building partnerships across the state to benefit and educate our youngest citizens.”
“Every child is unique with their own abilities, talents, personality and passion,” said Vicki. “Every child deserves to feel safe, cared for, nurtured and loved. Oh, how they will grow!”
Vicki and her husband, Tony, are Oklahoma City residents and enjoy keeping up with their adult children Jillian, Adrian and Barrett.
Kasey Cabello joined the OPSR team in August as communications director. Kasey spent the last five years at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and earned her business administration degree from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City.
While Kasey doesn't have a background in early childhood development, she has two small children of her own and has spent more hours than she can count on researching how to best prepare them for school and success.
A native of Moore, Oklahoma, Kasey and her husband, Kevin, alongside their children, Keela and Kerby, are excited to promote OPSR and learn everything they can along the way!
Mary, raised in Tulsa, joined OPSR in August after having spent the last two-and-a-half years at Rainbow Fleet. Before that, she taught fourth grade in the Putnam City School District. Mary graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in elementary education. She believes that when children have high quality early childhood experiences, it sets the foundation for them to be lifelong learners and increases their opportunities for success.
Mary’s husband, Chad, teaches eighth-grade math in Putnam City and together they have one lab named Brian.
As Business Process Engineer, Chris utilizes his 9 years’ experience in 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.
OPSR is happy to welcome Adelaide Webb as the new director of research. Raised in Tulsa, Adelaide received both a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in human & health services administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Adelaide is happy to join OPSR because she believes “critical changes occur in childhood in social, emotional and physical development that fundamentally alter who that person will be. Prioritizing early child care means that we are prioritizing future generations who will affect change in the world.”
Adelaide and her husband, Tyler, have two Labrador-mix rescues. In her free time, she loves advancing her culinary skills, hiking, camping and supporting her local community through the arts, food and culture.