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 >

Program overview piece

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News & Highlights >

APRIL 2017 Awarded March of Dimes Grant to facilitate Promotoras Certification in collaboration with Tulsa Community College-West
APRIL 2017 Awarded Morningcrest Foundation Challenge Grant to provide outreach to Tulsa’s Burmese Community using the Community Peer Educator model (promotora). POF is currently seeking 160K match by end of year.
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.

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Maria Elena Kuykendall

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

Our Partners

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

Overview Video > English

Overview Video > Spanish

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

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