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ERIC Number: ED544227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Oaklahoma: Early Head Start Initiative
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
The Oklahoma Early Childhood Program uses public and private funds to enhance and expand high quality early care and education opportunities for children birth through age 3. The George Kaiser Family Foundation initiated the pilot in 2006 by matching state general revenue with private donations. Since that time, other private funders and providers have begun to contribute matching funds. The program offers two models to participating programs, "Expansion" and "Enhancement." Under both models, participating programs must provide services that meet state quality standards and a specific set of program requirements, which are based on selected federal Head Start Program Performance Standards. Participating programs must also provide services for a minimum of eight hours per day and 48 weeks per year. As the public funding source of the program, the state requires that funds reach at least one urban and one rural program. Federal Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) grantees and community-based child care programs are eligible to participate. Programs participating in the "Expansion" model may use funds to serve additional children with services that meet the above standards. Programs participating in the "“Enhancement' model may use funds to improve quality of services to meet the above standards and use the funds to extend the day or year for children currently receiving federally funded EHS services. Oklahoma's approach to building on EHS includes: (1) Extend the day and/or year of existing EHS services; (2) Increase the capacity of existing Head Start, EHS and community-based child care programs to serve additional children; and (3) Provide resources and funding to community-based child care providers to help them deliver services meeting selected EHS standards. Additional information is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma