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OKFutures

Strategic Plan

Overview

OKFutures created a five-year comprehensive, strategic plan by engaging stakeholders in at least eight geographically diverse Oklahoma communities and utilizing parent voice. This plan includes specific strategies that provide curriculum and instructional support. In addition, the strategic plan expands partnerships in communities through schools, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations and more.

 

Sustainable Strategies

OPSR created a five-year strategic plan for the state with action steps for priorities that were identified as gaps in OKFutures Needs Assessment. Specifically, the strategic plan accounts for, synthesizes and analyzes existing strategic plans, key themes from recent Community Conversations (described below), and input from our partners and state agencies.

Overall, the plan strives to build collaboration across agencies, programs and services to more effectively and efficiently use early childhood resources, build capacity, and bring families to the decision-making table to promote equitable outcomes. 

The Plan

To access the OKFutures Strategic Plan, click here. Or download a one-pager on our five-year vision, here.

Five Major Goals

The plan focuses on four pillars of long-term infrastructural supports necessary for sustainability Human Capital, Physical Capital, Intellectual Capital and Financial Capital. These pillars help the strategic plan aim for five major goals:

  1. Align systems of care to produce more seamless, high-quality and cost-effective services for families and young children.
  2. Secure affordable, quality early care and education for children from birth to age three.
  3. Boost choices families have for culturally responsive care and services that support parents’ ability to work and family well-being.
  4. Prioritize the urgent health and mental health needs of young children and their families.
  5. Communicate better with families about how to support the development and well-being of their children.

 

Urban Institute

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Working With Experts

As with the OKFutures Needs Assessment, OPSR worked with the Urban Institute to lay out a plan for an equitable and sustainable system to improve developmental and academic outcomes for children, especially those who are most vulnerable and underserved. Based out of Washington, D.C., Urban Institute is an expert on early childhood education, community engagement and strategic planning. To learn more about Urban Institute, click here.

 

Our Community Conversations provided communities the opportunity to describe the current state of Oklahoma's early childhood system, areas in need of improvement and strategies for accomplishing goals. These conversations were framed via OPSR’s School Readiness Pathway by focusing on Health, Early Care and Learning and Family Support and will help inform the strategic plan. 

These meetings empowered communities to inform the strategic plan.

How It Worked

OPSR partnered with local organizations in eleven communities across Oklahoma to host Community Conversations with parents, early childhood professionals and community leaders. By utilizing data walks, participants were empowered to share their insights and help inform the strategic plan.

What is a data walk? In this meeting format, facilitators presented data to participants and then used this data as a springboard for group discussion.

Conducted in June 2019, local ogranizations hosted the Community Conversations. More information can be found below.

Request for Proposal

OPSR sought technical assistance from local organizations to host Community Conversations. Below you will find the Requst for Proposal as well as Response to Questions. Bids were due by 5:00 p.m. CST, Friday, May 24, 2019.

Community Hosts

We're grateful to have worked with each of our Community Conversation host organizations. Click here for a PDF of the original schedule.

On May 20, 2020 OPSR and Oklahoma Human Services will host a virtual meeting, "From Strong Communities Come Resilient Families: Strengthening Child Welfare and Early Childhood Collaborations Through FFPSA and Beyond" focused on strengthening collaborations for Oklahoma’s young children and their families who face adversity in their communities and homes that can lead to child maltreatment.

By leveraging two recent federal opportunities – the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five and the Family First Prevention Services Act – Oklahoma will be able to identify and address gaps to support and strengthen families. Tying directly to OKFutures Strategic Plan's goals, this meeting will also promote the well-being of young children and ensure safety is restored when abuse or neglect has occurred.

In addition, participants will hear from Oklahoma’s early childhood and child welfare leaders about current alignment efforts. This convening will also provide a platform for participants to ask questions and share ideas for Oklahoma’s early childhood and child welfare systems – and other key systems – to better work together to address the needs of young children and their families.

Couldn't make it but would like to know more?

 

Email Debra Andersen, executive director, OPSR or Keitha Wilson, adminstrator, FFPSA, Oklahoma Department of Human Services. 

Meeting Documents

Below you'll find all the documents you need for the 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. meeting.

 

Video Recording

"From Strong Communities Come Resilient Families" is now available on YouTube. Click here to access the video.

 

Reference Materials

Documents

Find everything you need to know about the strategic plan.