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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Oklahoma City Pre-K Expansion Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)

Minimum hours of operation: 6.5 hrs/day; 180 days/yr

Oklahoma City provides free, full-day seats for any 4-year-old child living in the city limits. The Universal Pre-K (UPK)program is voluntary and offered through a mixed-delivery model, with students attending classes in public schools, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations. The city has instituted various quality improvement measures for its UPK classrooms, including lead teacher credentialing, class size and ratio requirements, and play-based curricula.

Learn More: Oklahoma City Pre-K & Kindergarten

Oklahoma City Public Schools. (n.d.). Pre-K & Kindergarten.
Washington Monthly. (2022). Sooner the Better.

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City population

694,800 Source U.S. Census, 2022

Persons under 5 years old

7.10% Source U.S. Census, 2021

Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

49% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median family income among households with children

$60,800.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Unemployment rate

2.90% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

31% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

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