In 2007, federal law required the Governor of each state to create a new body or designate an existing body as the State's Early Childhood Advisory Council. This council serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor on early childhood system issues relating to workforce, higher education, quality of early childhood programs and services, access to early childhood programs and services, professional development, and special populations. Through a memorandum of understanding in 2008 and legislation in 2010, Governor Brad Henry appointed the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness to serve as Oklahoma‚Äôs State Early Childhood Advisory Council. This designation paved the way for Smart Start Oklahoma to be eligible to apply for federal ARRA funds. Read Oklahoma's application here.The application was granted for 3 years of funding for OPSR to carry out the work as Oklahoma's State Early Childhood Advisory Council. In order to better support the efforts of our state in meeting the needs of the newly developed state Early Childhood Advisory Council, seven workgroups have been developed to allow full participation of the general public. We invite you to participate with us by serving on one of these workgroups.If you are interested in joining any of the workgroups, or would like more information, please email or call (405)-429-4219.


Read our original legislation HERE.

OPSR Board Structure

In May 2015, the OPSR Board adopted a new, innovative structure for carrying out its work. Utilizing affinity groups, board members now participate in focused conversations informed by each member's unique perspective and expertise. These groups address their legislative charges by examining the state's early childhood system and carrying out efforts to improve early childhood services for Oklahoma's children and families.

State Agency Leaders

This group is made up of individuals representing the perspective of state agencies responsible for administrating state and federally funded early childhood programs and services.

Chair: Ed Long

Business, Philanthropic, and Community Leaders

This group is made up of individuals representing the local perspective of Oklahoma foundations, families, businesses, the workforce, and the economy.

Chair: Kathy Cronemiller

Early Childhood Professionals

This group is made up of indviduals representing the perspective of professionals with specialized knowledge in the field of early childhood, including: program administrators, direct-service providers, researchers, and educators.

Chair: Anthony Stafford

Executive Committee

The executive committe includes the OPSR board officers and affinity group chairs.

Chair: Natalie Burns

Vice Chair: Ray Potts

Finance and Operations Committee

This group is made up of OPSR Board members with expertise in business, financial, and contract management.

Chair: Ryan Posey

OPSR Board Meeting Minutes


February - May - September - December



February - May - September - December


February 2015 - March 2015 - May 2015 - September 2015 - December 2015



February 2014 - May 2014 - September 2014 - December 2014



January 2013 - February 2013 (cancelled) - March 2013 (cancelled) - April 2013 (cancelled)- May 2013 (did not meet quorum) - June 2013 - August 2013 - September 2013 (cancelled) - October 2013 - November 2013 



January 2012 - February 2012 - March 2012 - April 2012 - May 2012 - June 2012 - August 2012 - September 2012 - October 2012 (cancelled) - November 2012

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