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OKFutures

Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five

Overview

OKFutures is a grant designed to improve Oklahoma's early childhood system by building upon existing federal, state and local early care and learning services.

OKFutures' overall goal is to create the country's most effective early childhood,

mixed-delivery system.

This grant was awarded to OPSR by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education and is administered by the Administration for Children and Families. In one year, we'll complete five activities including: conducting a needs assessment, crafting a strategic plan, maximizing parent choice, sharing best practices and improving overall quality.

OPSR is working with state agencies and stakeholders to guide the implementation of this grant. Specifically, three committees are each focused on an important component of the grant including: Family and Community Engagement, Professional Development and Quality Improvement.

To learn more about OKFutures, click here. Or to download our original grant application, click here.

 
 

If you're interested in being involved with or staying informed about OKFutures, all you have to do is complete a short form online. Participants will help create meaningful progress in quality improvements, capacity building, parent engagement and improved outcomes for Oklahoma children.

Click here to fill out the form.

 

Our steering committees are made up of dedicated professionals with expertise in each area of OKFuture's focus: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development and Quality Improvement. These teams convene to guide, inform and assist in the implemention of grant goals. And have representation from Head Start, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma's Native American tribes.

Click here for a PDF on the organization of these committees.

 

Our committees guide, inform and assist with the implentation of OKFutures.

 
 

Contacts

 

Torri Christian

Program Coordinator - Quality Improvements

Torri is an attorney from Oklahoma City, Okla., who brings experience as a public policy professional and community organizer to OPSR. Prior to joining OPSR, she worked in business litigation and counseled nonprofit start-ups. Torri also previously served as the state advocacy and public policy director for Oklahoma’s food bank network, where she advocated in support of vital childhood nutrition programs, oversaw federal contracts and grants implementation and worked to improve systems of care for under-resourced children across the state. Torri enjoys spending her free time with her family, board gaming, and serving as pro bono counsel for OU Law’s Center for International Business and Human Rights.

tchristian@okschoolreadiness.org

Angela Duckett

Program Coordinator - Professional Development

Angela began her career in the public school system. She taught for 21 years in Putnam City, Okla., and directed a faith based child development center for four years. Additionally, she has four years of experience with Early Head Start through Sunbeam Family Services, a local nonprofit agency. She earned her master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Angela and her husband, Dallas, live in Oklahoma City, Okla. She enjoys spending her free time with their five sons and family.

aduckett@okschoolreadiness.org

Kim Jumper-Brown

Program Coordinator - Family & Community Engagement

With 21 years of experience in the early childhood field, Kim serves as an OKFutures program coordinator. She has worked in both Early Head Start and Head Start and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Education from Bacone College. OPSR is proud to have such a strong advocate for early childhood education as part of its team. Born and raised in Tahlequah, Okla., Kim is a member of the United Keetoowah Band tribe. She lives in Edmond, Okla., and has four grown children and one granddaughter.

kbrown@okschoolreadiness.org

Courtney Maker

Administrative Coordinator

As administrative coordinator, Courtney work 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, 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.

cmaker@okschoolreadiness.org