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Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk (Oklahoma)

Feb 9, 2016

This 2012 joint report, Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers At Risk, by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP draws on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families.

The federal Early Head Start program was created to help minimize the disparities caused by poverty by supporting the healthy development of expectant mothers and low-income infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. However, less than 4 percent of babies and toddlers who are eligible for Early Head Start are currently being served. This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program. It builds on a previous paper, Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, released by the two organizations in 2008.

For further information see Expanding Access to Early Head Start.

  • Page 8: Text. The Oklahoma pilot Early Childhood Program combines public and private money to high-quality early care and education for children birth through age 3
  • Page 8: Text. Build on EHS by providing resources to help child care providers meet EHS standards
  • Page 10: Table. Funding Mechanisms for State EHS Initiatives
  • Page 15: APPENDIX. Initiatives that extend the day or year if existing services
  • Page 17: APPENDIX. Initiatives that expand the capacity of Early Head Start (EHS) programs to increase the number of children and pregnant women served
  • Page 18: APPENDIX. Initiatives that provide resources that assistance to child care providers to help them deliver services meeting EHS standards

Read the full report at www.zerotothree.org/expandingehs.

Since 2006, Oklahoma has extended the day/year of existing Early Head Start services and expanded EHS programs by allowing state supplemental funds to be used for EHS. Oklahoma has also provided resources to child care centers to attain EHS standards. In 2014:

  • Federally-Funded Early Head Start Slots totaled 1912
  • State-Funded Early Head Start Slots totaled 0
  • Early Head Start Home Visiting Office of Head Start-Funded Slots totaled 183

Read an in-depth profile on Oklahomas initiative at: https://www.nhsa.org//files/resources/oklahoma_fact_sheet.pdf

Updated February 2016.

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