Early Childhood and Family Education


Jennifer McKay 
Senior Director of Early Childhood
Curriculum and Instruction
(405) 522-0638

Welcome to the Early Childhood and Family Education Page!  On our page, you will find information about 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.

Please see the "Main Page" menu for information regarding specific ages and grade levels. The "Quick Link" section provides links to commonly asked questions about topics such as the Oklahoma Academic Standards, Special Education, and How to Support Young Children Academically as well as Immunization and Child Care information.

Early Childhood Professional Development

The Office of Instruction is available to provide customized professional development to school districts in their local area. Please contact the Office of Instruction at (405) 522-3241.

2018 Early Childhood Conference, October 4-5, 2018

Conference Details

  • Date: October 4-5, 2018
  • Location: University of Oklahoma, Memorial Union
  • Keynote Speaker: Kristi Mraz, author of Purposeful Play
  • Attendees: Early childhood classroom and special education teachers, administrators, and early care providers
  • Agenda: Kristi Mraz will be speaking October 4; breakout sessions are scheduled for October 5

This year's theme is "Purposeful Play." Types of purposeful play include:

  • Dramatic Play: Play where children take on roles.
  • Constructive Play: Play where something is created including STEM activities or building with 3D objects or art materials.
  • Games with Rules: Play where rules are set or decided upon by the children playing.
  • Movement & Outside Play: Play in physical form such as movement or playground games.
Last updated on October 2, 2018