Our Smart Start Communities have gained the support of hundreds of business leaders who contributed resources or funding to support local efforts! Local businesses that support Smart Start Communities recognize the economic and workforce benefits. Businesses often lend their support financially, but also sit on local boards and committees to offer their expertise and skills. Local communities are partnering more and more with businesses to offer support to families and spread the word that the early years are critical! Here’s a glimpse on how local Smart Starts partner with local businesses.

BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS HERE IS A GLIMPSE INTO HOW LOCAL SMART STARTS PARTNER WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES

  • Family Space in the Workplace

    In partnership with local Smart Starts, businesses are providing their employees with a parent resource room or a family space. Here, employees will find parenting information, tips and tools, and material for check-out. This is just one way that businesses can make a positive difference for families.

  • Spirit of the Family Awards

    The Spirit of the Family Awards honors local businesses for best practices in family/workplace policy and has been replicated in many Smart Start Communities across the state. Since the award's inception in 2003, winning businesses increasingly take advantage of every opportunity to use the Spirit of the Family designation in advertising, employment ads, trade publications, news releases, and business summaries. Businesses are honored to join the ranks of employers who have received the Spirit of the Family Award.

  • Lunch & Learns

    Business leaders recognize that supporting families as they raise healthy young children is directly tied to the economic success of communities and our state. In Norman, First American Bank hosts "lunch and learns" that offer staff members basic parenting tips and stages of child development from an early childhood professional. By partnering within local businesses, communities have an opportunity to reach working parents who are doing the very best they can for their families. This project also provides an opportunity to educate the business community about the critical need to support parents in the workforce.

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    The Oklahoma business community is critical to the success of our youngest children . We are the future employers of these bright minds. Oklahoma is only as strong as its youngest citizens. As a business leader and a mom, it is abundantly clear they are our foundation for tomorrow’s workforce
     
    PATRICE DOUGLAS / MAYOR - EDMOND, OK
     
    "I knew I couldn't reach all families , but I could find ways to make a difference for the families at First American Bank."
     
    JIM McAULEY / PRESIDENT, FIRST AMERICAN BANK, NORMAN
 
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