The Power of Families Project

Building equitable early childhood experiences

Through the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Power of Families is a grant-funded project of the Center for Community School Strategies (formerly TACSI). As families and schools advocate and lead together, the Power of Families Project serves as a catalyst for stronger family representation within school administrative decision making, as well as equitable resources and systems that promote the success of all children. Learn more about the promotora model >

NEW! Program overview piece

2016 Data Reports >

News & Highlights >

FEBRUARY 2017 Our bilingual speech pathologist, Stacy Kaut, was recently named Clinical Director of Therapitas, Tulsa’s first bilingual Speech/OT/PT clinic exclusively serving Spanish speaking children and families. The clinic will also provide outreach and education to schools and medical practices on supporting bilingual children and understanding their development. 
We held a successful and well-attended first Advisory Council meeting on 1/27/17 in which we presented our baseline data and results from the past 18 months to council members. Read more on our results and impact >
JANUARY 2017 Our promotoras held an open and free to the community Celebration of Three Kings event for Latino families in Tulsa. This was a chance for our promotoras to reach out to more families in the community to promote early childhood development screenings and educational activities.
NOVEMBER 2016 Power of Families Project Coordinator Christina Starzl Mendoza has accepted the position of Assistant to the Mayor for Community Development and Policy. Christina will support Mayor G.T. Bynum beginning January 2017 on engagement and policy development with Tulsa’s Hispanic Community. Read the article in Tulsa World >
OCTOBER 2016 On Oct. 15, in collaboration with OSU and Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, PFP and Conexiones teams organized a Latino Community Health Fair at TPS’s Disney Elementary. Forty organizations provided health screenings to approximately 600 individuals. CSC conducts this work to build the capacity of local public schools to engage Latino families while serving individuals who need assistance.
OCTOBER 2016 PFP partners on a new research project led by the OU Department of Public Health to assess stressors in the lives of working Latino mothers. Promotoras will recruit survey participants and administer surveys this fall.
 AUGUST 2016 PFP Coordinator Christina Starzl Mendoza awarded TYPros Recognition for Diversity and Inclusion
SUMMER 2016 PFP hosts and facilitates several trainings for the community on Engaging Latino Families in Education.

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CSC’s Power of Families Project hosted this free and open to the community health fair in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, OSU-Tulsa, and the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations. The event was held at Disney Elementary and will offer health-related resources and free services to families, with an emphasis on reaching Latino families and immigrants.


PFP hosted a special back to school education fair on Thursday, August 19 at Martin Regional Library. Over 50 organizations donated school supplies and backpacks for the first 200 children. Families can enroll for school at the event, receive free immunizations, coupons for hair cuts, homework support services and additional resources. The intention for the event is to help families start school better prepared. 


Power of Families Project and the Center for Community School Strategies helped facilitate PreK and Kindergarten transition summer camps at Union Public Schools’ McAuliffe Elementary, Boevers Elementary and Roy Clark Elementary. The purpose of the institutes is to help children and parents transition into a school environment and build a connection with the school.

Our Work

  • Expand the capacity of Tulsa area families, friend and neighbor care environments to provide successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who are not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language is not English
  • Increase families’ knowledge of resources and develop a dense social network within schools to support them in care giving and advocacy for their child

Our Partners

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Tulsa Public Schools
  • Union Public Schools
  • Florida State University 
  • The families we serve

Recent Results

  • Survey of Latino families finds many feel isolated and disconnected from their child’s school. View the report >
  • Nearly 90 Latino families were supported through our program in 2015

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