On June 28, the Community Service Council’s Child Care Resource Center engaged community members in a focus group, called a Child Care Community Conversation, around experiences in child care with the intent to positively impact the lives of children and families by empowering participants to share their own experiences. Attendees included parents, early childhood professionals and community leaders.
To faciitate this conversation, CSC was selected by the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR), which serves as the state’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is recipient of the $3 million Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (known as OKFutures) from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
OPSR engaged CSC to capture local perspectives from the Tulsa area community. This feedback will be used to construct a focused, high quality strategic plan to more efficiently use existing resources, build stronger partnerships, maximize parent choice, access and knowledge, and improve the overall quality of Oklahoma’s early childhood system.
CSC was one of eleven organizations across Oklahoma that was selected for this event. Other Community Conversations occurred in Ada, Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Stigler, Stillwater and Tahlequah.
The meeting was formatted around a data walk in which facilitators presented data to participants and used this information as a springboard for discussion. Specifically, discussions were framed around three focus areas: Health, Early Care and Learning and Family Support.
CSC received $5,000 in grant funding for this project from the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.
About Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness
In 2003, House Bill 1094 created the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) and added Oklahoma to a growing list of states that recognized more action is required to successfully support families and children from birth to preschool — thus improving school readiness. Together, through both public and private partnerships, we work to help children arrive at school with the knowledge, skills and physical and emotional health to achieve their dreams. Today, our mission is to lead Oklahoma in coordinating an early childhood system that strengthens families and ensures all children are ready for school. For more information, visit https://www.okschoolreadiness.org.
The Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5), titled Oklahoma’s Future Begins with Children (OKFutures), is a one-year grant focused on improving the coordination and quality of early childhood services. Over $3 million, 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. During the course of this grant, OPSR will complete five activities, including: conducting a needs assessment, crafting a strategic plan, maximizing parent choice, sharing best practices and improving overall quality. For more information, click here or here.