The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children’s State Legislative priorities include:

  1. Support adequate funding to provide Oklahoma’s young children with a safe and high-quality early childhood education that includes a developmentally appropriate curriculum tied to State Standards and authentic assessment measures.
    • In order to assure Oklahoma’s families of high-quality early care and education programs, funding cannot be continually diminished.
  2. Support Early Childhood Professionals with a career ladder, leading to a degreed lead teacher in each classroom with adequate compensation.
    • A system needs to be in place that will attract and retain high-quality educators at the critical stage of early brain development to enable future school success.
  3. Support local initiatives that promote high quality in early childhood programs benefiting Oklahoma’s children.
    • Local quality initiatives build a stronger partnership to better meet the needs of and make decisions for Oklahoma’s families and providers.