To ensure appropriate social distancing, OSDE staff members are available by appointment only. Please reach out to any staff or department for help.

Early Childhood and Family Education


Lauren Jenks-Jones
Director of Early Childhood
Curriculum and Instruction

Judy Cummings
Literacy Coordinator

Curriculum and Instruction 
(405) 521-4096

COVID-19 Guidance:

Return to Learn: Launching Instruction Guidance Documents:

Early Childhood Virtual Meetings:

  • The second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30
    • September 10th - Play-Based Learning in the Time of Covid
    • October 8th - Partnering with Caregivers and Childcare
    • November 12th - TBD
    • December 10th - TBD
  • For the meeting link and password, please subscribe to the #OKEarlyEd Newsletter here.

 Standards by Grade Level 

Early Childhood Briefs 

Summer 2019 / Brief 1 - Who are early childhood learners, and what are some strategies for instructional success?

Fall 2019 / Brief 2 - The importance of play in the cognitive and emotional development of early childhood.

Spring 2020 / Brief 3 - Recognizing diversity in the first year of schooling.

Summer 2020/ Brief 4 - Best practices in supporting young learners over summer.

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) 521-4096 or complete the online request form.


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.

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Last updated on September 2, 2020