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Making Strong Strides

As summer break too-quickly comes to an end, the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) is moving just as quickly toward the completion of OKFutures needs assessment and the development of a strategic plan for the state!

Throughout this newsletter, you'll find everything you need to know about OPSR from staff additions to grant updates to our latest milestones.

Welcome Aboard!

Please help us welcome aboard OPSR's new Program Director Carlye McQuiston. Born and raised in Texas, Carlye attended the University of Oklahoma where she received her master’s degree in social work. She comes to OPSR after six years in the non-profit sector where she worked with at-risk youth in both direct service and supervisory capacities. Her experience with children and families has made her passionate about giving back to her community and advocating for our most vulnerable citizens. In her role as program director, Carlye will utilize her skills to help manage program operations and grants.
Productivity and Progress

Productivity and progress were two key components of our most recent stakeholder meeting to continue developing an Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS).

During this meeting, participants were guided by Elliot Regenstein, partner at Foresight Law + Policy, and the Third Sector Intelligence team, to identify collective priorities that will be used to inform the ECIDS design. For instance, some priorities that were discussed included answering questions like "What is the impact of early childhood education on the Oklahoma workforce development?" and "What are the long-term outcomes of children who had access to early childhood programs?".

We're grateful for the support of both State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Secretary Steven Buck who helped kick-off this event.
Save the Date!

OKFutures Moving Forward: 2019 Professional Development Conference
Saturday, Nov. 2
Ada, Ardmore, Durant, Enid, Lawton, Norman, Tahlequah, Tulsa & Wyandotte

This conference will offer several different training sessions, so that attendees can customize their experience to best fit their needs. Every location will offer: The Growing Brain, The Happy Teacher Project: Building Leadership & Culture, Learning Through Play, and The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Module I.

Event times, agenda and registration will be available soon. For more information, email Angela Duckett.

Major Updates

OKFutures: Needs Assessment & Strategic Plan
Urban Institute has provided expertise and data analysis, such that OPSR is on track to have the needs assessment submitted in August. In addition, the strategic plan is currently in development. Our 11 successful Community Conversations will bring valuable perspectives to this plan. Read more about them below.

OKFutures: Maximizing Parent Choice
Since conducting a two-day strategic planning session with Advocacy & Communication Solutions (ACS), OPSR has been working with the Family and Community Engagement team to finalize goals, a target audience and a network map of key organizations that can assist in reaching families. In addition, ACS is currently
surveying low-income families living in rural counties who have young children and who are connected to services in order to shape their communication and outreach strategy.

OKFutures: Sharing Best Practices
In addition to planning the upcoming "OKFutures Moving Forward: 2019 Professional Development Conference," the Professional Development team has been working on the creation of a state-wide training calendar by examining existing state resources. They've also been analyzing various coaching models to be used in a pilot program. Click here for a tool that can be used in evidence-based coaching. Upcoming, several team members will be attending Practice-Based Coaching training hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services.

OKFutures: Quality Improvement
Most recently, the Quality Improvement team reviewed OK Policy Institute's legislative landscape and budget analysis. Next, this team will assess revised definitions of terms as well as data graphs and tables that will be used to inform the needs assessment's narrative.  

Project HOPE
In addition to our work on Sensemaker, which you can read about in our June newsletter, OPSR recently engaged Oak Grove Head Start to learn about the challenges and barriers community members face that could affect Oklahoma's high infant mortality rates. Thank you to Vital Village, a network of residents and organizations committed to maximizing child, family and community well-being, for facilitating this meeting.


We'd like to thank each of our host organizations for making our Community Conversations a success. The themes that emerged at each location reinforced what we believe to be barriers for children and families, such as transportation, knowledge of services and better partnerships. If you'd like to learn more, read this article in the Stillwater News Press.

Thank you again: Ada Regional United Way, CAP Tulsa, Community Development Support Association, Ki Bois Community Action Foundation, Latino Community Development Agency, Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, Smart Start Central Oklahoma, Tulsa Community Service Council, 
United Community Action Program and United Way of Southwest Oklahoma.
Copyright © 2019 Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: The Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5), Grant No. 90TP0037, was awarded to OPSR by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education and is administered by the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families. The contents of this newsletter are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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