We work to reach parents and remind them first and foremost of this one critical message: Children begin learning at birth - parents are the first and most important teacher a child will ever have.


From the day a child is born there are 2,190 days - the critical early years - for parents and communities to give children a smart start.

Smart Start Oklahoma is charged with building broad-based public awareness around early childhood and school readiness.

Being a parent is THE most important job you will ever have and the time to start teaching your child is at birth. The moment a child is born, they begin to learn.


  • 1Physical Well-Being and Motor DevelopmentHealthy children are more able to engage in the full range of life experiences that promote early learning. Motor skills and coordination have an important influence on their cognitive and social-emotional development.
  • 2Social and Emotional DevelopmentChildren's school experiences are more positive and productive when they have a sense of personal well-being established through stable, caring relationships in their early lives.
  • 3Language Development and LiteracyEarly literacy skills - size of vocabulary, recognizing letters, understanding letter and sound relationships - at kindergarten entry are good predictors of children’s reading abilities throughout their educational careers.
  • 4Cognition and General KnowledgeCognitive skills help children acquire new knowledge and information. Through cognitive development, children learn to observe, note similarities and differences, solve problems and ask questions
  • 5Approaches to Learning Children’s learning styles, habits and attitudes with which they approach learning effect their successes in school. Curiosity, creativity, independence, cooperativeness and persistence enhance early learning and development.



Play offers social, emotional, and intellectual benefits for children. Encourage play and “make believe”. Keep toys simple, allowing your child to be more creative.


Babies need lots of love and affection. This helps them connect with others and feel safe. Make eye contact and be sure to hold and cuddle your baby often.

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