Early Childhood and Family Education

Welcome to the Early Childhood and Family Education Page!  On our page you will find information about our programs and services for families and children birth through 3rd grade as well as a variety of resources for parents, teachers, administrators, educators, and students.



Professional Development

The Office of Instruction is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through videoconference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 45 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.

Early Childhood Pilot Program

Early Childhood Four-Year-Old Program

Children who are age four on or before September 1, are eligible for the voluntary public school pre-kindergarten program.  Currently, 70% of Oklahoma’s four-year-olds attend public school and have access to:

  • an Early Childhood Certified Teacher
  • a 10:1 child to teacher ratio
  • comprehensive school services
  • full-day or half-day programs
  • state adopted curriculum standards
  • school readiness program

Oklahoma has been named a National Model and #2 in Access by the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER)!

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Children who are age five on or before September 1 are eligible for the public school Kindergarten program.  Full-day Kindergarten is currently offered in every school district in Oklahoma (some exceptions apply).  Kindergarten children have access to:

  • a maximum class size of 20
  • a school readiness program
  • a state-adopted curriculum standards
  • an Early Childhood Certified Teacher
  • an option of full-day or half-day programs

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Primary (1st through 3rd grade)

Public School Collaboration Programs

State law allows public school early childhood programs to operate in collaboration with other public and private early childhood programs. Some collaborating organizations include:

  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Corporate Facility
  • Educare

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Research Publications


Resource Agencies

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Administrators and Educators

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Parent Resources Student Resources

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Last updated on August 23, 2016