“We were humbled and excited simultaneously that we were able to make such a prestigious list,” Executive Director Steven Dow said. “We’re in the human service business, and as an organization focused on working with people, the most important piece of our success is the quality of people we are able to hire and support.”
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As a result, CAP Tulsa launched a variety of programs aimed at moving those numbers. Parents are told about the importance of regular preschool attendance at several points, including during enrollment and orientation meetings. The teachers visit the families at home, and during those visits stress the importance of getting children to school regularly and on time. The families are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and become connected to the program.
U.S. Department of Education interview with Steven Dow, Executive Director, Community Action Project of Tulsa County→
So for us, we had to simply figure out from the outset how we were going to use our resources and partner with the school districts in really meaningful ways whether that was if they’re offering pre-k, partnering with them to meet some of the additional needs that families have with Head Start wrap around services or letting them serve the kids at four and us being able to shift our resources to the earlier years so that the at-risk kids in the community were getting a year of Head Start followed by a year of pre-k. Those were the kind of opportunities to partner and leverage our relationships that are deep in the community.
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.