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Happy Holidays!

We’re so grateful for all our partners and advocates of early childhood in Oklahoma like you. This 2019 we accomplished more than we could ever have imagined, pushing our mission forward to help ensure all children are ready to succeed by the time they enter school.

We hope everyone enjoys time with their family and friends over the holidays. And we look forward to all that is ahead of us in 2020.

Best wishes,
The OPSR Team

Robot Vests & Baby Babble

LENA Kicks-Off

Children in Oklahoma City and Stillwater are happily donning their robot vests, as some teachers have called them, with the kick-off of LENA at both Special Care and UCAP. LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis) is a system that measures interactive talk and provides teachers with helpful feedback. Children wear comfortable cotton vests with a recorder inside that tracks how many verbal interactions they have as well as how much a child is talking themselves.

And right from the start, teachers are happy with the results they’re seeing.

“Seeing the results of LENA has given me confirmation as a teacher on what I’m doing right and some peace of mind when it comes to several of our kids who aren’t really verbal. Realizing that even the baby babble matters, it was a huge eye-opener,” Gardenia Celaya, Special Care.

Sustainable Strategies

The OKFutures Strategic Plan has been accepted by the Administration for Children and Families. This accomplishment was a collaborative effort that could not have been done without your support as well as the support and input of all of our partners. We now have a plan of sustainable strategies and goals that will help us achieve improved outcomes for young children and their families.

To access the plan, click here.

Thank you to all who were a critical part of the creation of this plan!

Project HOPE

Collecting stories via Hopeful Futures started off strong at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic this month. During a holiday toy drive, OPSR worked with families and providers to learn about their perspectives and experiences related to pregnancy, birth, or the first year of a child’s life. This information will help us hone in on Project HOPE’s focus on infant mortality.
 
In total, OPSR collected 64 stories. And this is just the beginning! Next up, we’ll continue collecting stories and working with communities to use this feedback to help create equitable outcomes for young children.

You can follow our progress, here.

Cost of Quality Child Care

Progress is being made on OPSR's work with RAND to conduct a study for licensed home and center-based child care providers in Oklahoma to assess the cost of quality child care.

Thus far, OPSR has secured a large pool of child care centers in both rural and urban areas to participate in this study. All participants will recieve a stipend for their time.

Who is RAND? They're a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. Learn more about our partner here.

  • Our offices are currently closed for the holidays, but we’ll return on Jan. 6, 2020.
  • We've selected our awardees for the Public Library Family Engagement Project. We can't wait to start working with them! Stay tuned for updates in the new year.
  • Our Conscious Discipline training on Jan. 30 & 31 is full. But if you’d like to join our waitlist, email us.
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