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 OUR WORK 

With a variety resources and partners, OPSR works with both local and national private funders as well as the state and federal government to achieve its mission to lead Oklahoma in coordinating an early childhood system that strengthens families and ensures all children are ready for school. Our projects rely on the expertise and guidance of parents, community leaders, early childhood providers, state-level organizations and leadership. Together, we can make an impact and improve the well-being of young children.

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PARTNERSHIP BOARD

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board is comprised of a diverse group of members, including early childhood experts and state leaders, that are responsible for carrying out state and federal mandates.

 

Each year the OPSR Board prioritizes several focus areas to improve the lives of young children and their families, such as the following:

• Engage policymakers and the community with the intent to gain support for school readiness.
 

• Convene and support partnerships within the board, throughout communities and statewide.
 

• Incubate innovative, research-based solutions to encourage early language, interaction and brain development.
 

• Ensure continuous improvement and accountability of Oklahoma’s programs that touch families with young children.

 

• Click the links below to learn more about the OPSR Board.

If you’re interested in becoming an OPSR board member, you can apply on the governor’s website.

Click here to be directed to that application page.

Annual Reports

This Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness annual report spotlights the tremendous work done by OPSR staff and our incredible partners as well as provides a report on the state of school readiness among Oklahoma children.

 

As OPSR continues to push Oklahoma forward and coordinate an early childhood system that ensures ALL children are ready for school, we appreciate Gov. Kevin Stitt and our legislature's support, leadership and commitment to building a strong foundation and bright future for Oklahoma’s children.

OPSR PARTNERSHIP BOARD MEMBERS

Public Sector Representatives or their Designees

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ryan Walters
Designee: Mary Mazariegos & Sharon Morgan

 

State Commissioner of Health

Keith Reed, Interim Commissioner

Designees: Joyce Marshall & Lorri Essary

 

Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Commissioner
Carrie Slatton-Hodges

Designee: Audra Haney

 

Oklahoma Department of Commerce Director

Brent Kisling
Designee: Marshall Vogts & Shellie Schlegel

 

Oklahoma Department of Libraries Director

Natalie Curry
Designee: Adrienne Butler

 

Department of Human Services Director

Dr. Deborah Shropshire
Designees: Jennifer King & Brittany Lee

 

Oklahoma Health Care Authority Administrator

Kevin Corbett

Designee: Vacant

 

Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth Director

Annette Wisk Jacobi

 

State Department of Rehabilitation Services Director

Melinda Fruendt

Designees: Tonya Garman

 

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Executive Director

Polly Anderson
Designee: Darrell Strong

 

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Director
Brent Hanken
Designee: Joann Carter

 

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor

Allison Garrett
Designee: Gina McPherson

 

Cabinet Secretary with Responsibility for Education Agencies

Dr. Katherine Curry

Designee: Vacant

Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Jon Pedersen
Designee: Jennifer Stepp

 

State Director of Head Start Collaboration

Paula Brown
Designee: Zoe Campbell

Private Sector Representatives Appointed
by the Governor

Representative of Licensed Child Care Providers

Rachel Proper
Vice President, Child Care, Inc.

 

Representative of the Licensed Child Care Industry Appointed by the Governor from a List Submitted by an Association Representing the Licensed Child Care Industry
Angie Clayton

Kids R Us of Tecumseh

Governor Appointee

Two Parents of Children Age 8 or Younger

Brett Vanderzee
Music & Preaching Minister, The Spring Church of Christ

Jennifer Pham
 

Director of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Representative of a State Association of Federally Funded Early Childhood Programs
Christin Bollinger
Program Director, Green Country Behavioral Health Services Head Start and Early Head Start

 

Governor Appointees

Marianne "Marny" Dunlap, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

 

Dr. Hokehe Effiong
Pediatric Specialist, Jackson County Memorial Hospital

 

Jacqueline Evans

 

Tina Floyd

Co-owner, Floyd's RV

 

Kelly Kay
President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

 

Sada Knowles
Dean of New College, Oklahoma Christian University

 

Melissa Larimore
Community Programs Director, Youth & Family Services, Inc.

 

Amanda McCabe
Adjunct Professor for the Educational Psychology Department at Oklahoma State University

 

Vicki Weaver Payne
Mental Health Counselor, Hope Community Services

 

Sarah Roberts
VIce President of Programs, Inasmuch Foundation

 

Anthony Stafford
Senior Program Director, Sunbeam Family Services

 

Annie Koppel Van Hanken
Senior Program Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

BOARD MEETINGS

  • Needs Assessment
    This piece of OKFutures focused on assessing the availability, quality and alignment of existing health, early care and learning, and family education and support programs. This evaluation helped 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 linked policies, practices and funding that impede equitable access to resources. STATUS Oklahoma's Statewide B-5 Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment) was conducted in 2019 in partnership with Urban Institute. The Needs Assessment provided a comprehensive look at strengths and needs in Oklahoma's B-5 system and its communities, though the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not captured in the report. PLANNED ACTIVITIES • Needs Assessment Update • Workforce Study • Expulsion/Suspension Study
  • Strategic Plan
    The purpose of the Strategic Plan Update will be to review and gather input on the current strategic plan to determine what remains relevant and needs continued focus, what parts need to be revised, what needs to be added, and how each of these pieces will compliment and align with other existing state strategic plans. Strategic Plan Workgroup Monthly meetings will be led by OKDHS/OPSR and will include: • Program Staff • OCCY Parent Partnership Board • Community Representatives • Tribal Partners OPSR Partnership Board Quarterly OPSR Board meetings will provide an avenue for state partners to: • review incoming data • provide strategic direction • coordinate partner outreach
  • Parent and Family Engagement
    Building and implementing a family engagement plan that ensures families are informed about and connected to services is a foundational element to successful B-5 systems change. OCCY Parent Partnership Board The OCCY Parent Partnership Board will serve a critical role gathering information and facilitating outreach for successful implementation of family engagement strategies. Coordinated Messaging PDG will support coordinated messaging to build families' knowledge of the mixed delivery system, embed supports to reach families, and pilot activities to enhance coordination and efficiency within the system to benefit families.
  • Workforce
    To support the B-5 workforce and disseminate best practices, PDG funding will expand professional development opportunities and supports. Efforts to Improve the Training and Expertise of Oklahoma's B-5 ECCE Workforce Activity Four will include four primary activities: • Pyramid Model Implementation with OECP and Licensed Child Care • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources and Support for Early Care and Learning Providers • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Support Program Quality Improvement
    Oklahoma's approach to PDG is capacity building at the state and local level that will lead to a high-quality, sustainable B-5 system. Part C Data Specialization Funding will allow SoonerStart to conduct new data analysis, with an intentional focus to ensure that the children who will benefit from SoonerStart are identified and receive services. Special emphasis will be placed on underserved populations and exploring why children leave the program early. Early Learning Inventory Oklahoma's Early Learning Inventory (ELI) Expansion Project will collect data on kindergarten readiness and inform local and state policies regarding early childhood education.
  • Subgrants
    Subgrants to enhance quality and expand access to existing and new programs through local and statewide systems and supports. PLANNED SUBGRANT ACTIVITIES • 10 Regional Family Support Specialists for CCR&R networks • Local-level partnership pilots • MIECHV Innovative Pilot for Local Referral Coordination • Coordinated Application, Eligibility and Enrollment Pilot • Reach Out and Read project with Head Start • Child Care Provider benefits • Telemedicine, Telehealth • Child Care Desert Grants • Exceptional Needs Grants • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources • Program Performance Evaluation Plan
  • Needs Assessment
    This piece of OKFutures focused on assessing the availability, quality and alignment of existing health, early care and learning, and family education and support programs. This evaluation helped 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 linked policies, practices and funding that impede equitable access to resources. STATUS Oklahoma's Statewide B-5 Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment) was conducted in 2019 in partnership with Urban Institute. The Needs Assessment provided a comprehensive look at strengths and needs in Oklahoma's B-5 system and its communities, though the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not captured in the report. PLANNED ACTIVITIES • Needs Assessment Update • Workforce Study • Expulsion/Suspension Study
  • Strategic Plan
    The purpose of the Strategic Plan Update will be to review and gather input on the current strategic plan to determine what remains relevant and needs continued focus, what parts need to be revised, what needs to be added, and how each of these pieces will compliment and align with other existing state strategic plans. Strategic Plan Workgroup Monthly meetings will be led by OKDHS/OPSR and will include: • Program Staff • OCCY Parent Partnership Board • Community Representatives • Tribal Partners OPSR Partnership Board Quarterly OPSR Board meetings will provide an avenue for state partners to: • review incoming data • provide strategic direction • coordinate partner outreach
  • Parent and Family Engagement
    Building and implementing a family engagement plan that ensures families are informed about and connected to services is a foundational element to successful B-5 systems change. OCCY Parent Partnership Board The OCCY Parent Partnership Board will serve a critical role gathering information and facilitating outreach for successful implementation of family engagement strategies. Coordinated Messaging PDG will support coordinated messaging to build families' knowledge of the mixed delivery system, embed supports to reach families, and pilot activities to enhance coordination and efficiency within the system to benefit families.
  • Workforce
    To support the B-5 workforce and disseminate best practices, PDG funding will expand professional development opportunities and supports. Efforts to Improve the Training and Expertise of Oklahoma's B-5 ECCE Workforce Activity Four will include four primary activities: • Pyramid Model Implementation with OECP and Licensed Child Care • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources and Support for Early Care and Learning Providers • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Support Program Quality Improvement
    Oklahoma's approach to PDG is capacity building at the state and local level that will lead to a high-quality, sustainable B-5 system. Part C Data Specialization Funding will allow SoonerStart to conduct new data analysis, with an intentional focus to ensure that the children who will benefit from SoonerStart are identified and receive services. Special emphasis will be placed on underserved populations and exploring why children leave the program early. Early Learning Inventory Oklahoma's Early Learning Inventory (ELI) Expansion Project will collect data on kindergarten readiness and inform local and state policies regarding early childhood education.
  • Subgrants
    Subgrants to enhance quality and expand access to existing and new programs through local and statewide systems and supports. PLANNED SUBGRANT ACTIVITIES • 10 Regional Family Support Specialists for CCR&R networks • Local-level partnership pilots • MIECHV Innovative Pilot for Local Referral Coordination • Coordinated Application, Eligibility and Enrollment Pilot • Reach Out and Read project with Head Start • Child Care Provider benefits • Telemedicine, Telehealth • Child Care Desert Grants • Exceptional Needs Grants • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources • Program Performance Evaluation Plan
  • Needs Assessment
    This piece of OKFutures focused on assessing the availability, quality and alignment of existing health, early care and learning, and family education and support programs. This evaluation helped 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 linked policies, practices and funding that impede equitable access to resources. STATUS Oklahoma's Statewide B-5 Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment) was conducted in 2019 in partnership with Urban Institute. The Needs Assessment provided a comprehensive look at strengths and needs in Oklahoma's B-5 system and its communities, though the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not captured in the report. PLANNED ACTIVITIES • Needs Assessment Update • Workforce Study • Expulsion/Suspension Study
  • Strategic Plan
    The purpose of the Strategic Plan Update will be to review and gather input on the current strategic plan to determine what remains relevant and needs continued focus, what parts need to be revised, what needs to be added, and how each of these pieces will compliment and align with other existing state strategic plans. Strategic Plan Workgroup Monthly meetings will be led by OKDHS/OPSR and will include: • Program Staff • OCCY Parent Partnership Board • Community Representatives • Tribal Partners OPSR Partnership Board Quarterly OPSR Board meetings will provide an avenue for state partners to: • review incoming data • provide strategic direction • coordinate partner outreach
  • Parent and Family Engagement
    Building and implementing a family engagement plan that ensures families are informed about and connected to services is a foundational element to successful B-5 systems change. OCCY Parent Partnership Board The OCCY Parent Partnership Board will serve a critical role gathering information and facilitating outreach for successful implementation of family engagement strategies. Coordinated Messaging PDG will support coordinated messaging to build families' knowledge of the mixed delivery system, embed supports to reach families, and pilot activities to enhance coordination and efficiency within the system to benefit families.
  • Workforce
    To support the B-5 workforce and disseminate best practices, PDG funding will expand professional development opportunities and supports. Efforts to Improve the Training and Expertise of Oklahoma's B-5 ECCE Workforce Activity Four will include four primary activities: • Pyramid Model Implementation with OECP and Licensed Child Care • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources and Support for Early Care and Learning Providers • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Support Program Quality Improvement
    Oklahoma's approach to PDG is capacity building at the state and local level that will lead to a high-quality, sustainable B-5 system. Part C Data Specialization Funding will allow SoonerStart to conduct new data analysis, with an intentional focus to ensure that the children who will benefit from SoonerStart are identified and receive services. Special emphasis will be placed on underserved populations and exploring why children leave the program early. Early Learning Inventory Oklahoma's Early Learning Inventory (ELI) Expansion Project will collect data on kindergarten readiness and inform local and state policies regarding early childhood education.
  • Subgrants
    Subgrants to enhance quality and expand access to existing and new programs through local and statewide systems and supports. PLANNED SUBGRANT ACTIVITIES • 10 Regional Family Support Specialists for CCR&R networks • Local-level partnership pilots • MIECHV Innovative Pilot for Local Referral Coordination • Coordinated Application, Eligibility and Enrollment Pilot • Reach Out and Read project with Head Start • Child Care Provider benefits • Telemedicine, Telehealth • Child Care Desert Grants • Exceptional Needs Grants • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources • Program Performance Evaluation Plan
  • Needs Assessment
    This piece of OKFutures focused on assessing the availability, quality and alignment of existing health, early care and learning, and family education and support programs. This evaluation helped 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 linked policies, practices and funding that impede equitable access to resources. STATUS Oklahoma's Statewide B-5 Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment) was conducted in 2019 in partnership with Urban Institute. The Needs Assessment provided a comprehensive look at strengths and needs in Oklahoma's B-5 system and its communities, though the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not captured in the report. PLANNED ACTIVITIES • Needs Assessment Update • Workforce Study • Expulsion/Suspension Study
  • Strategic Plan
    The purpose of the Strategic Plan Update will be to review and gather input on the current strategic plan to determine what remains relevant and needs continued focus, what parts need to be revised, what needs to be added, and how each of these pieces will compliment and align with other existing state strategic plans. Strategic Plan Workgroup Monthly meetings will be led by OKDHS/OPSR and will include: • Program Staff • OCCY Parent Partnership Board • Community Representatives • Tribal Partners OPSR Partnership Board Quarterly OPSR Board meetings will provide an avenue for state partners to: • review incoming data • provide strategic direction • coordinate partner outreach
  • Parent and Family Engagement
    Building and implementing a family engagement plan that ensures families are informed about and connected to services is a foundational element to successful B-5 systems change. OCCY Parent Partnership Board The OCCY Parent Partnership Board will serve a critical role gathering information and facilitating outreach for successful implementation of family engagement strategies. Coordinated Messaging PDG will support coordinated messaging to build families' knowledge of the mixed delivery system, embed supports to reach families, and pilot activities to enhance coordination and efficiency within the system to benefit families.
  • Workforce
    To support the B-5 workforce and disseminate best practices, PDG funding will expand professional development opportunities and supports. Efforts to Improve the Training and Expertise of Oklahoma's B-5 ECCE Workforce Activity Four will include four primary activities: • Pyramid Model Implementation with OECP and Licensed Child Care • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources and Support for Early Care and Learning Providers • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • Support Program Quality Improvement
    Oklahoma's approach to PDG is capacity building at the state and local level that will lead to a high-quality, sustainable B-5 system. Part C Data Specialization Funding will allow SoonerStart to conduct new data analysis, with an intentional focus to ensure that the children who will benefit from SoonerStart are identified and receive services. Special emphasis will be placed on underserved populations and exploring why children leave the program early. Early Learning Inventory Oklahoma's Early Learning Inventory (ELI) Expansion Project will collect data on kindergarten readiness and inform local and state policies regarding early childhood education.
  • Subgrants
    Subgrants to enhance quality and expand access to existing and new programs through local and statewide systems and supports. PLANNED SUBGRANT ACTIVITIES • 10 Regional Family Support Specialists for CCR&R networks • Local-level partnership pilots • MIECHV Innovative Pilot for Local Referral Coordination • Coordinated Application, Eligibility and Enrollment Pilot • Reach Out and Read project with Head Start • Child Care Provider benefits • Telemedicine, Telehealth • Child Care Desert Grants • Exceptional Needs Grants • Transition Summit • Developmental Monitoring Resources • Program Performance Evaluation Plan

FOUNDATION BOARD

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Ginny Bass Carl

Board President

CEO, Giving Well, LLC

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Lucie Doll

Board Director

Program Director, Women's Justice Team

Family & Children Services

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Annie K. Van Hanken

Board Director

Sr. Program Officer, George Kaiser Family
Foundation

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Pam Campbell

Board Director

Tenth District Outreach Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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AJ Griffin

Board Director

Executive Director, Potts Family Foundation

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Marsha Schmidt

Board Treasurer

Business Manager, The McIntosh Group; Business Manager, Site Solutions

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Suzanne Thompson

Board Secretary

Former ED of CART and El Reno Public School Foundation

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Dr. Amy Emerson

Board Director

Pediatrician & Area Director for Reach Out

and Read - Tulsa

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Mike Gibson

Board Director

Retired CPA

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Collette Shepard

Board Director

Regional Manager Oklahoma, Lakeshore Learning

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