This piece of OKFutures will focus on assessing the availability, quality and alignment of existing health, early care and learning, and family education and support programs. This evaluation will help determine the number and type of families who currently participate in Oklahoma's early childhood system as well as analyze data and identify strategies to reach our target population of Oklahoma's most vulnerable and underserved families. Moreover, this assessment will link policies, practices and funding that impede equitable access to resources.
OPSR is seeking technical assistance to build upon existing efforts to develop an Oklahoma Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS).
OPSR is seeking technical assistance to: 1) enable OPSR to conduct a thorough assessment of existing public and private early childhood programs to determine their effectiveness and to maximize the efficient use of current state funds; 2) equip state and community based program administrators, policy makers, public and private funders, the executive and legislative branches of state government, and community leaders to increase an understanding of how early childhood resources are being used and are benefiting young children and their families; 3) identify gaps and inequities; and 4) inform policy and funding decisions that increase equitable outcomes for young children. Bids are due Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5 p.m. CST.