Center of Excellence: In 2011, CAP Tulsa was one of ten Head Start sites named as a “Center of Excellence” by the national Office of Head Start.
Choice & Promise Neighborhoods Planning Initiatives: In 2011, HUD awarded CAP Tulsa one of the first Choice Neighborhoods planning grants in the nation. Later in 2011, the Department of Education awarded CAP Tulsa a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant to develop a cradle-through-college-to-career continuum of solutions for residents of the Eugene Field and Kendall-Whittier Neighborhoods. To date, CAP Tulsa is the only organization in the country selected to lead both a Choice and Promise Neighborhoods planning effort – two centerpieces of the Obama Administration’s inter-agency Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
Teach For America Training Institute: In June of 2012, Tulsa became only the ninth city in the nation to establish an annual summer training location for Teach For America (TFA) corps members. In the inaugural year, 650 newly recruited teachers and 120 national TFA staff members were housed at the University of Tulsa in the heart of the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood while teaching summer school classes for 5,300 students within the Tulsa Public Schools district. The arrival of this remarkable resource of dedicated educators followed only three years after TFA first began leading classrooms within Tulsa Public Schools’ and CAP Tulsa’s facilities.
Social Innovation Fund: In 2010, Tulsa became one of only eight cities selected to partner in the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private investment vehicle designed to replicate proven anti-poverty programs that have demonstrated compelling evidence of impact. Through this process, CAP Tulsa was chosen to implement SaveUSA, an asset development program that offers income-eligible individuals a 50% match if they deposit a portion of their tax refund into a savings account for one year.
Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program: In 2010, the Administration for Children & Families chose CAP Tulsa as one of 32 organizations nationwide to participate in an evaluation of research-based training programs intended to help low-income individuals obtain employment with a family-supporting wage in the high demand field of health care. CAP Tulsa’s five-year, $10M grant award is being used to scale up CareerAdvance®, its dual-generation, workforce development program designed in collaboration with experts in human and economic development from the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas and the Harvard Graduate School of Education