POLICY & RESEARCH

Policies must be implemented that support families, communities, and schools, enabling children to thrive and prosper.

Smart Start Oklahoma works to establish and improve public policies that build a system that works for young children and their families. We view policy work on both the state and local levels as analyzing and critiquing what already exists, and asking, "Does it work? Can it be better? How can it be more efficient?"

The research is clear: quality early childhood programs and services make a difference that is long-term and far-reaching. Our policy and systems work is grounded in research and best practices, some of which we share here. We offer Smart Start Oklahoma publications, as well as national publications and research, that we feel supports our work. We encourage you to share this information with others.

OKLAHOMA BY THE NUMBERS

Below are some statistics from around the state about our children.

60

60% of substantiated child abuse and neglect cases were children birth to age six (DHS, 2013)

55

55% of children in out-of-home placements were birth to age six in State Fiscal Year 2014 (DHS, 2014)

1/12

1 out of every 12 (8%) babies born are classified as low-birth weight, under 5.5 pounds (OSDH, 2008)

1/10

1 out of every 10 (10%) children do not have health insurance (OHCA, 2012)

37

37% of children enrolled in SoonerCare are under age six (OHCA, Oct. 2014)

24

24% of children live in poverty (OICA, 2012)

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