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OKFutures

Preschool Development Grant Birth to 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. 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 Improvements.

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.

 

Steering Committees

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 Improvements. 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.

 
 

 

Contact

Ed Martin

Grants Manager

Ed comes to OPSR from the private sector where he served as director of operations and area manager for an Oklahoma City entrepreneur who owned and operated several national franchises and a local construction and oilfield support services company. Ed brings 15 years of grant management experience, along with over 25 years of project management and senior management supervision, to his work. As grants manager, Ed oversees OKFutures, a grant designed to improve equity in early childhood education across Oklahoma. He utilizes both Waterfall and Agile approaches in project management along with new techniques, such as Mind Mapping to ensure successful outcomes. In addition, Ed served as division head for Neighborhood Programs in Oklahoma City’s Neighborhood Services Department. Born six miles north of Boston, Ed moved to Oklahoma City in 1973 and attended Northwest Classen High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Religion with an emphasis on Christian Education from Oklahoma City University.

emartin@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 insure they have a bright future.

cmaker@okschoolreadiness.org

 

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Program Coordinator - Family & Community Engagement 

 

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Program Coordinator - Professional Development 

 

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Program Coordinator - Quality Improvements