New Funding Opportunity for Oklahoma Public Libraries

Staff Writer

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) is now accepting applications for their new Public Library Family Engagement Project. In partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), this project will provide funding for public libraries to support new programs as well as expand existing infant and toddler resources.

Brain research has shown that talking, singing and reading can have a positive impact on early speech and language development. As such, OPSR hopes this project will help create and enhance stimulating reading environments that can improve the development of infants and toddlers. In addition, this project will equip families with knowledge and access to resources to support the development of their children while offering an early introduction to libraries’ literature, technology and other valuable resources.

“OPSR is excited to assist Oklahoma’s public libraries in the great work that they are already doing to engage with families of young children,” said Debra Andersen, OPSR executive director. “We hope this funding will help provide infants, toddlers, and their families with rich learning resources connected to positive literacy experiences.”

This funding opportunity will allow libraries to implement several different programs, including OETA’s Ready to Learn; 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten; and Read, Sing, Play. All of which encourage infant and toddler development, inform families of the importance of reading and promote life-long literacy. In total, OPSR will fund up to 112 recipients with a maximum award amount of $2,000 per recipient.

Those interested in applying can access the application at https://www.okschoolreadiness.org/okfutures/maximizing-parent-choice#pub.... Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, Dec. 6.

This project is funded by OKFutures (the Preschool Development Grant) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.

For additional information or questions, call 405-429-4219 or email contact@okschoolreadiness.org.

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About Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness

In 2003, House Bill 1094 created the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (OPSR) and added Oklahoma to a growing list of states that recognized more action is required to successfully support families and children from birth to preschool — thus improving school readiness. Together, through both public and private partnerships, we work to help children arrive at school with the knowledge, skills and physical and emotional health to achieve their dreams. Today, our mission is to lead Oklahoma in coordinating an early childhood system that strengthens families and ensures all children are ready for school. For more information, visit https://www.okschoolreadiness.org.

About OKFutures (Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five)

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness was awarded over $3 million dollars from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education via the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, now known as OKFutures. This one-year grant is focused on improving the coordination and quality of existing early childhood services as well as increasing families’ knowledge and capacity to support their children, from birth to five-years-old. To learn more about this grant’s activities, visit https://www.okschoolreadiness.org/okfutures.

Disclaimer: Funding for this project was made possible by OKFutures, a grant known as the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, Grant No. 90TP0037. This grant was awarded to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services & Education and is administered by the Administration for Children and Families. This press release is solely the responsibility of its authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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