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OK25by25 Early Childhood  Coalition Bulletin


1st Quarter 2020

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”– Robert Frost

"As we all are sailing into uncharted waters, we need to be strong, positive and filled with faith and HOPE. If not for ourselves, then for our families, neighbors, employees and community. Family Positive in the workplace is now more defined than any other time in our history. Being creative and thinking about what’s best for your employees will help get us through these challenging times that we face.
Use your time wisely, stay on track, keep busy, read a good book, eat healthy, take a walk, make plans for your future and try to stay on a scheduled routine.
You probably have heard these suggestions before, but maybe you’ve not try any of them lately.
Better days are ahead, so keep your chin up, say a prayer and smile; we will overcome."

Dan Schiedel
CEO/Executive Director of United Way of Northwest Oklahoma

OK25by25 Update


From Craig Knutson: "We believe many of Oklahoma’s socio-economic problems exist, in large part, due to the lack of taking a two-generation approach, whether those are issues like poverty, education or health outcomes.  We have chosen to focus our philanthropic efforts – time, talent and treasure –on evidence-based/informed practices and programs that have demonstrated positive returns, both human and financial."

COVID-19 Our Response Must Protect the Health and Well-Being of All Children, Youth, and Families


From Center for the Study of Social Policy: "We must protect families involved in the child welfare system. Families involved in the child welfare system have unique needs during public health emergencies.." 

"We must protect youth and families experiencing homelessness. For youth and families experiencing homelessness, the challenges they may experience because of their low income are compounded by their housing instability.."

"We know the policy solutions to these problems.."

Fatherhood Initiatives 


From Craig Knutson: "When a child is raised in a “father-absent home,” the child can be affected in the following ways: four times greater risk of living in poverty, two times more likely to drop out of high school, seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teen, and more likely to face abuse and neglect. Those numbers scream for greater engagement on the part of fathers in their child’s life."

Trauma-Informed Response During Uncertain Times


From Cheryl Step, MS, LPC, NCC, NCSC: "As we begin to navigate and find a new normal over the next few days with both our families and co-workers, we need to remember to be trauma responsive.  The definition of trauma often includes the words “overwhelming sense of loss of control.”  With the uncertainty the next few days or weeks may hold, we all may feel a loss of control. So, it is important to remember a few things to help us all respond rather than react to what is going on around us and inside us."

Woodward Groundbreaking


From Carol Stocking: "On Friday March 6th, Western Plains Youth and Family Services held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new addition of an Infant and Early Childhood center. This new center is designed specifically to address the mental health needs of young children and their families through Play Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, and Systems of Care services.  ."

A New Little Addition to the Potts Family Foundation Board of Directors

Congratulations to our Board Member, Sarah Jane Smallwood Cocke and her husband Adam on their  new baby girl!
Sarah Jane tell us, “We are thrilled to have baby Jane with us now, and to be home. We survived our first night at home!  It’s a scary time to give birth, but we’re safe at home and practicing social distancing for everyone’s continued well-being.”  
Jane Anne Elizabeth Cocke was born at 2:02 am on Saturday, March 21 at the Chickasaw Nation’s wonderful hospital in Ada.  She’s 20 inches long, and 7 lbs, 15 ounces of pure perfection.
We wish you all the happiness in the world!

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