For this portion of the grant, OPSR made systems-level recommendations to improve the overall quality of Oklahoma's early childhood system. OPSR addressed challenges and sought consultation with external experts. In addition, OPSR utilized the OKFutures Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan to develop an evaluation of system and program quality and effectiveness as well as successful outcomes for children and their families.
OPSR will continue to engage stakeholders to periodically update the Program Performance Evaluation (PPE) plan to align with the OKFutures Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan as they evolve.
As part of OKFutures, OPSR sought to understand the cost of quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) in our state. By working with the RAND Corporation, OPSR gained insight into the estimated per-child cost of ECCE for Oklahoma's infants, toddlers and preschoolers as well as a cost model that considers fundamental early childhood care and education cost drivers.
This study and subsequent report was funded via OKFutures (the Preschool Development Grant – Birth Through Five (PDG B-5)) to help understand the “true” cost of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in the state of Oklahoma. The study estimates how costs can vary with quality and aims to inform Child Care Subsidy program reimbursement rates.
During 2019, the RAND Corporation collected data from 25 non-Head Start center- and home-based ECCE providers* throughout Oklahoma to understand their program structure and the associated expenditures of the most recently completed fiscal year. This information supported estimation of the per-child cost of care by child age, setting and quality rating. The study aimed to address the following two questions:
*Please note that while this study was not intended to provide a representative sample, the data collected from the sampled providers supported the development of a cost model that was used to examine the most important cost drivers and the implications for per-child cost of care.
A. Provider Survey Data
B. Provider Cost Data
C. Cost Model
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, OPSR hosted a virtual webinar to present "Estimating the Cost of Quality Early Childhood Care & Education in Oklahoma." This event included opening remarks by Justin Brown, director, Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Development as well as a presentation by Lynn A. Karoly and Stephanie J. Walsh with the RAND Corporation. In addition, with over 100 attendees, this event featured a lively Q&A session.
Below you'll find a recording of the presentation as well as a link to the pre-releae report. We hope to have the final version of the report available soon.
The PPE plan was designed by third-party evaluators, Dr. Diane Horm and Dr. Erin Maher of the University of Oklahoma, and Mathematica, in collaboration with OKFutures committee and team members and staff from OPSR.
The purpose of the PPE is to evaluate progress of the OKFutures Strategic Plan's goals and guide data-based decision making and continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts. The PPE aims to assess the progress of OKFutures’ vision that all of Oklahoma’s infants, toddlers and preschoolers are prepared for healthy, happy and successful lives. It examines formative and summative research questions to inform implementation and CQI; track outcomes; and provide accountability to the governor, cabinet secretaries, state legislature, and families.