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OK25by25 Early Childhood  Coalition Bulletin


2nd Quarter 2020

Ten Years in the Waiting – State Question 802
After 10 years of waiting for state leaders to take advantage of the opportunity to take a $9 to $1 Federal match to expand healthcare to tens of thousands of Oklahomans, the decision is now in the hands of Oklahoma voters. State Question 802, if it passes, will make Oklahoma the 37th state (plus the District of Columbia) to make this positive choice. According to US News & World Report, Oklahoma ranks 47th overall in health outcomes, 48th in access, 47th in quality and 45th in public health. If the goal is to become a “Top 10 State”, it’s time to follow and learn from the research and best-practices of those states in the Top 10.
Oklahoma Policy Institute and Families USA have done an extensive analysis of the pros and cons of this issue which can be read here.

State of Babies & 2020 KIDS COUNT


From Linda Manaugh: "The State of Babies Yearbook is a national and state resource developed by ZERO TO THREE to tell the story of America’s babies through key indicators in the domains infants and toddlers need to thrive: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. The State of Babies Yearbook, an initiative of Think Babies™, provides policymakers and advocates with national and state-level data to help them advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families. Where children are born can affect their chances for a strong start in life."

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma


From Fran Bevel"In April alone, our partner pantries reported serving 80% more families than usual. Pantries are also reporting an increase in the number of senior adults seeking food assistance since the start of the pandemic, with about 9,000 additional senior adults seeking food assistance in March and April.

Discussions with our Partner Agency Network reveal they are not expecting this need for food assistance to slow, with some of our agencies still reporting a 300% increase in clients per food distribution."

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope


From Bailey Perkins: "Now in its 40th year, the Regional Food Bank is addressing hunger through a dual strategy of feeding and shortening the line for Oklahomans facing hunger. Emergency food assistance will be intentionally paired with wrap-around services that promote economic self-sufficiency for clients. The Regional Food Bank operates targeted programs that address every population impacted by hunger."

*Click here to see the Oklahoma Food Banks Advocacy and Policy Priorities

Smart Start Oklahoma


From Stacy Dykstra"Science confirms that a positive, responsive relationship between adult and child can buffer the effects of COVID-19 and other trauma a child may face.

Providing critical support to stabilize trusting relationships during very stressful times will help children cope. Ensuring parents have child development and parenting information, access to needed resources, and contact with others is a vital community investment."

2020 Family Positive Workplace Awardees


"This year has been a challenging one, but these companies still worked hard for their employees to have an environment where they can work with a peace of mind knowing that their workplace is family positive.

We would like to celebrate the following companies for becoming certified as a Family Positive Workplace this 2020. Thank you for joining us in our efforts to improve the working standards of Oklahoma. Welcome to the family!"

The 20201 Family Positive Workplace applications are now open! To apply please click here.

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