Talking is Teaching is a new effort to empower parents and caregivers to boost young children’s brain development and build their vocabularies by increasing the number of words they hear spoken to them every day.
CareerAdvance is a work-readiness program that provides coaching, education, training and job opportunities to parents of children enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s early-childhood programs, Educare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Two-generation programs are not new—the phrase was coined in the early 1990s, when a few programs linked early-childhood education and self-sufficiency programs for parents. But those programs mostly faded away under welfare reform, when policy emphasis was put on "work-first" policies, according to this report on two-generation programs in The Future of Children.
CareerAdvance is a work-readiness program that provides coaching, education, training and job opportunities to parents of children enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s early childhood programs, Educare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.
The Knittin’ Kittens is a group of about 60 women who meet weekly at the RSVP Center to turn skeins of donated yarn into items of clothing to be given out to those in need during the holidays.
Millions of America's low-income families with young children face similar obstacles to opportunity, with little hope of overcoming them. Why? Our efforts to address child and family poverty often fail to recognize that kids do not live in a vacuum. Their success depends on their family's ability to meet their needs, whether that's a refrigerator with nutritious foods or an enriching child care environment that encourages their developing minds to soar.
In Oklahoma, the pioneering anti-poverty program has left a profound legacy. Forty years after coming to the Sooner State, Head Start has spawned 22 programs working in partnership with families, social services, and communities to provide infants and toddlers with the strong academic foundation and social-emotional skills critical for success in K-12, college, and beyond.
Focused largely on helping kids with social interaction and emotions, McClure’s pre-K program is one of 13 run by Community Action Project (CAP) of Tulsa
One promising example is the Community Action Project of Tulsa’s (CAP Tulsa) CareerAdvance® program. It serves hundreds of families in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, training parents for careers in health care while their children attend Head Start. The program attempts to develop parents’ human capital by offering services like career coaching, peer support, academic skills building, and tuition assistance. Parents aren’t just taking arbitrary courses, they are gaining the skills and credits they need to qualify for in-demand jobs, such as a Certified Nurse Assistant or Pharmacy Technician. Researchers are in the early stages of evaluating the program’s effectiveness.
Steven Dow, the director of CareerAdvance and CAP Tulsa, said the initiative grew out of the project's partnership by Tulsa’s federal, state, and locally funded early-childhood programs. “These early years are really critical in kids’ lives,” he said, “but the paradox for us is much of the benefit of what we do depends largely on the success and involvement of the adults.”