OKFutures will create a five-year comprehensive, strategic plan by engaging stakeholders in at least eight geographically diverse Oklahoma communities and utilizing parent voice. This plan will include specific strategies that provide curriculum and instructional support. In addition, the strategic plan will expand partnerships in communities through schools, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations and more.
As with the needs assessment, OPSR is once again working 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. We will achieve this by creating a five-year strategic plan for the state with action steps for five priorities or more that were identified as gaps in the needs assessment.
Specifically, the strategic plan will account for, synthesize and analyze existing strategic plans, key themes from recent Community Conversations and input from our partners.
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.
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.
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.
We're grateful to have worked with each of our Community Conversation host organizations. Click here for a PDF of the original schedule.
Community Development Support Association, Enid, Okla.
Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, Ponca City, Okla.
Smart Start Central Oklahoma, OKC, Okla.
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