In 1999, Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) received Success By 6® funds from the United Way of America and Bank of America to develop a strategic plan for serving Tulsa’s young children. Working with the Child Care Resource Center, a plan was implemented to enhance the quality of care in child care centers that were sponsered by TAUW member agencies. Centers would serve children whose families qualified for subsidies through the Department of Human Services (DHS). As the quality level increased, DHS’s newly implemented Differential Star Rating System provided increased subsidy reimbursement to allow centers to maintain quality enhancements. After successfully raising the Star level of these centers, TAUW sustained funding for the Success by 6® quality enhancement program and additional centers were added to the project. With the addition of funding from the DHS Division of Child Care, a Child Care Health Consultant and a Family Child Care Home Network were added to the project. In 2002, TAUW received a Success by 6® Expansion grant to guide and advocate for critical improvements in early care and learning programs.
In 2006, CCRC received a grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation to expand the quality enhancement work in addition to the Success by 6® funding. The Quality Enhancement Initiative (QEI) was formally named and focused on improving the quality of care for Tulsa’s young children through the standards of best practice promoted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). In Oklahoma today, we are proud of the successes of the 79 NAEYC Accredited programs and the 50 NAFCC Accredited family child care homes and their desire to provide high quality early childhood experiences to our young children.
Other initiatives supported by CCRC’s Quality Enhancement Initiative include: Infant Toddler Enhancement Project, Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education and Child Care Health Consultation.