High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Oklahoma, which serve more than 100,000 children and families.
“In the Sooner State, early childhood education is not a Republican or a Democrat initiative: it is an Oklahoma Initiative.” – Outgoing Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK)
“I know that a continued investment in early childhood gives us an opportunity to convince the business leaders that we’re trying to recruit for new jobs in this state.” – Former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Jari Askins (D-OK)