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Also featured were Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, which administers the local federal Head Start grant; actress Jennifer Garner, representing Save the Children; and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, professor of child development and education at Columbia University.
Tulsa will be making the case for early childhood programs with two of four people set to testify in a congressional hearing on Thursday representing local organizations. Featured on the panel will be Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, which administers the federal Head Start grant, and Don Millican, chief financial official of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., who will speak on behalf of the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Kum & Go convenience stores recently donated $10,000 to CAP Tulsa to help improve teacher effectiveness. CAP will use the grant to work with New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving student learning through teacher effectiveness through a series of professional development trainings. It will help staffers remove barriers to teachers’ success in the classroom by focusing on continuous improvement in performance.
Oklahoma uses programs like CAP Tulsa to target those families who need early education the most, and San Antonio gives preferential enrollment to families experiencing hardship.
CAP Tulsa. This program linked multiple types of data within their own program to support teachers and adapt services for children. They also linked their data with public schools to understand their children’s transition to kindergarten and support teacher effectiveness.
Her experience includes working as a teacher at a church, serving as director of the child development center at the YMCA Hutcherson branch and teaching children at the Tulsa Head Start program, administered by the Community Action Project. While at Tulsa’s Head Start, she was a lead preschool teacher, master teacher and coach for new teachers.
Her study focused on Tulsa's biggest Head Start program, which is run by CAP Tulsa, a nonprofit group that serves 3- to 4-year-olds. It looked at how the students in the program were faring years later. And it found clear benefits for children who had gone through the program. In August, I talked with Phillips and asked her to summarize her findings.
CAP Tulsa provided free health screenings for all the students at the early childhood center on Tuesday. The screenings included vision and hearing tests, growth assessment, dental exams and physicals if needed as well as lead tests.
Gormley, Deborah Phillips, and Sara Anderson released findings in August of this year that show there are positive, long-term benefits for children participating in Tulsa’s Community Action Project Head Start Program. According to the study published by Developmental Psychology, participation in the CAP Head Start “produced significant positive effects on achievement test scores in math and on both grade retention and chronic absenteeism for middle-school students as a whole.”
Tracking students who first enrolled in 2004 in Head Start programs run by Tulsa's Community Action Project, and comparing them to classmates who didn't attend an early-childhood program, the research shows the CAP children scored significantly higher on state math achievement tests in middle school, were much less likely to repeat a grade and were much less likely to be chronically absent.