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Oklahoma Child Care Wage Supplement
Launched in 2021, the Wage Supplement Program, an initiative of Oklahoma Human Services Child Care Services, provides supplemental pay to early educators and directors across the state. This program is designed to retain early education professionals and support their professional development; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Supplements range from $400 to $2,000 per educator or director per year. To be eligible, educators and directors must serve in a licensed child care setting with a two-star quality rating or higher, participate in the state professional development ladder or maintain a director's credential, work a minimum of 30 hours per week providing or supporting child care, and remain at their program for a minimum of 6 months. Learn More: Oklahoma Child Care Wage Supplement Sources:Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (2022). Child Care Wage Supplement.Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (2022). Wage Supplement Scale.
  • Workforce
    • Bonuses and Supplemental Pay
    2021
    $400 – $2,200 per educator per year
    Launched in 2021, the Wage Supplement Program, an initiative of Oklahoma Human Services Child Care Services, provides supplemental pay to early educators and directors across the state. This program is designed to retain early education professionals and support their professional development; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Supplements range from $400 to $2,000 per educator or director per year. To be eligible, educators and directors must serve in a licensed child care setting with a two-star quality rating or higher, participate in the state professional development ladder or maintain a director's credential, work a minimum of 30 hours per week providing or supporting child care, and remain at their program for a minimum of 6 months. Learn More: Oklahoma Child Care Wage Supplement Sources:Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (2022). Child Care Wage Supplement.Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (2022). Wage Supplement Scale.
    Oklahoma Pre-K
    Oklahoma’s voluntary public prekindergarten program currently serves 65% of the state’s 4-year-olds in a mixed-delivery model, offering programming in public schools, Head Start, and community-based organizations, as well as some private institutions such as assisted living homes. Funded spots for 4-year-olds are available in 100% of the state's districts. Oklahoma also offers funding for 3-year-olds through the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP). Oklahoma is 2nd (after Washington, DC) in national access rankings for 4-year-olds according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. Following a report from the Center for American Progress which showed that 55% of Oklahoma’s population lived in child care deserts, the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services announced the initiation of a Child Care Desert Startup Grant in 2022, meant to increase accessibility in areas of the state that lack sufficient quality care options. Learn More: Oklahoma Pre-k Sources:National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Oklahoma.Washington Monthly. (2022). Sooner the Better.Oklahoma Human Services. (2022). Expanding the business community and growing capacity: Oklahoma Human Services announces Child Care Desert Startup Grants.
    • Expansion
      • Public Pre-K
        • Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
          • Targeted Pre-K Policy (3-Year-Olds)
            • More Than 60% of Children Served (4-Year-Olds)
          1998 $185 million in FY22
          • State-Funded Pre-K
          • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding
          • Percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022):65%
          • Percentage of 3-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 6%
          • Minimum hours of operation: 2.5 hrs/day; 5 days/wk
          Oklahoma’s voluntary public prekindergarten program currently serves 65% of the state’s 4-year-olds in a mixed-delivery model, offering programming in public schools, Head Start, and community-based organizations, as well as some private institutions such as assisted living homes. Funded spots for 4-year-olds are available in 100% of the state's districts. Oklahoma also offers funding for 3-year-olds through the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP). Oklahoma is 2nd (after Washington, DC) in national access rankings for 4-year-olds according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. Following a report from the Center for American Progress which showed that 55% of Oklahoma’s population lived in child care deserts, the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services announced the initiation of a Child Care Desert Startup Grant in 2022, meant to increase accessibility in areas of the state that lack sufficient quality care options. Learn More: Oklahoma Pre-k Sources:National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Oklahoma.Washington Monthly. (2022). Sooner the Better.Oklahoma Human Services. (2022). Expanding the business community and growing capacity: Oklahoma Human Services announces Child Care Desert Startup Grants.
          Center For Early Childhood Professional Development
          The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) in Oklahoma is a centralized statewide program that offers conferences and training opportunities to early childhood teachers and directors/administrators. CECPD was created in 1998 with federal child development block grant funds. Now, most funding is provided by Oklahoma Department of Human Services/Child Care Services. CECPD is open to people who work in licensed child care facilities throughout Oklahoma. The Instructional Coaching Institute is a 3-day intense professional development program specifically for instructional classroom coaches. Coaching Innovations is a continuation of the Institute, providing targeted and individualized on-site professional development for instructional coaches. Teachers receive professional development in early literacy foundations for children birth through kindergarten, and literacy sessions are also available online. Learn more: Center for Early Childhood Professional Development Sources: Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (n.d.). About Us. Oklahoma Human Services. (n.d.). Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. University of Oklahoma. (n.d.). Instructional Coaching Innovations Center for Early Childhood Professional Development.
          • Workforce
            • Professional Learning
            1998
            Includes training, coaching, support for instructional coaches
            The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) in Oklahoma is a centralized statewide program that offers conferences and training opportunities to early childhood teachers and directors/administrators. CECPD was created in 1998 with federal child development block grant funds. Now, most funding is provided by Oklahoma Department of Human Services/Child Care Services. CECPD is open to people who work in licensed child care facilities throughout Oklahoma. The Instructional Coaching Institute is a 3-day intense professional development program specifically for instructional classroom coaches. Coaching Innovations is a continuation of the Institute, providing targeted and individualized on-site professional development for instructional coaches. Teachers receive professional development in early literacy foundations for children birth through kindergarten, and literacy sessions are also available online. Learn more: Center for Early Childhood Professional Development Sources: Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. (n.d.). About Us. Oklahoma Human Services. (n.d.). Center for Early Childhood Professional Development. University of Oklahoma. (n.d.). Instructional Coaching Innovations Center for Early Childhood Professional Development.
            Oklahoma City Pre-K
            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 Sources:Oklahoma City Public Schools. (n.d.). Pre-K & Kindergarten.Washington Monthly. (2022). Sooner the Better.
            • Expansion
              • Public Pre-K
                • Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
              Philanthropic Funds
              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 Sources:Oklahoma City Public Schools. (n.d.). Pre-K & Kindergarten.Washington Monthly. (2022). Sooner the Better.
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              Demographics Data Scorecard

              State population

              4,019,800 Source U.S. Census, 2022

              Rural %

              35.4% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Urban %

              64.6% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Number of children 0–4

              246,369 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

              50% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Median family income among households with children

              $64,600.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Unemployment rate

              3.4% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

              Unemployment rate of parents

              3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

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

              63% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

              25% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Race and Ethnicity

              • American Indian and Alaska Native (10%)
              • Asian (2%)
              • Black or African American (8%)
              • Hispanic or Latino (19%)
              • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (.5%)
              • Two or more races (10%)
              • White, not Hispanic or Latino (51%)
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              Early Childhood Education Programs

              Public Pre-K Program Name

              Early Childhood Four-Year-Old Program Source: NIEER 2023

              Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

              Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (6%)
              • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (14%)
              • Other/None (80%)

              Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (65%)
              • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (8%)
              • Other/None (27%)

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              2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

              Role

              • Child Care Workers
                $9.52 (2017, adjusted)
                $9.26 (2019)
              • Preschool Teachers
                $14.50 (2017, adjusted)
                $12.44 (2019)
              • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
                $18.87 (2017, adjusted)
                $18.14 (2019)

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              Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

              Funding Source

              • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($166)
              • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($131.7)
              • CCDBG State Match ($7.6)
              • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($790.6)
              • State-Funded Pre-K ($178.5)
              • MIECHV ($6.6)
              • IDEA Part C ($8.4)
              • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($5.9)
              • TANF Early Learning and Care ($55.7)