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Southwest Early Childhood Education Research Partnership

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Oklahoma has prioritized the alignment of the state’s early learning standards and assessments to strengthen the quality of state-funded early learning programs and ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn. REL Southwest is working with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and other partners to support these efforts.

Goals

  • Examine and address issues of equity in state-funded early childhood programs in Oklahoma.
  • Support the state’s use of an early learning inventory to assess children’s knowledge and skills at kindergarten entry and to provide data to improve state-funded early learning programs.

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Janice Keizer, Partnership Facilitator Katie Dahlke, Partnership Research Lead Kristin Flanagan, Partnership Senior Advisor
Partnership Facilitator Partnership Research Lead Partnership Senior Advisor
Janice Keizer Katie Dahlke Kristin Flanagan
jkeizer@air.org kdahlke@air.org kflanagan@air.org

Partners

  • Debra Anderson, Director, Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, Oklahoma
  • Lesli Blazer, Director, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma
  • Julie Bloss, Principal, Rural Early Childhood, Oklahoma
  • Stacey Dykstra, Specialist, Smart Start Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma
  • Kay Floyd, State Director, Oklahoma Head Start, Oklahoma
  • Pam Hibbs, Director, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
  • Stephanie Hinton, Coordinator, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
  • Susan Kimmel, Director, Center for Early Childhood Professional Development, Oklahoma
  • Christa Knight, Assistant Director, Office of Special Education, Oklahoma
  • Cindy Koss, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Affairs and Planning, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma
  • Margie Marney, Director, Potts Family Foundation, Oklahoma
  • Sharon Morgan, Early Childhood Director, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma
  • Tiffany Neill, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma
  • Sophia Pappas, Managing Director, Kaiser Family Foundation, Oklahoma
  • Sarah Roberts, Program Officer, Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma
  • Amy Tate, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma
  • Annie Van Hanken, Director, Kaiser Family Foundation, Oklahoma
  • Ann Worden, Principal, Shawnee Early Childhood, Oklahoma

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