Tulsa’s Quality Enhancement Initiative (QEI) provides programs intensive, on-going support that includes training, technical assistance, and funds/materials to improve and maintain the quality of care and education that young children and families receive. We understand that building and sustaining quality is a PROCESS.
Tulsa’s QEI team uses the best practice standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the foundation for improving quality. The initiative targets 2 STAR programs whose children and families are receiving subsidized care in Tulsa, Creek, Rogers, Wagoner and Osage counties.
Tulsa’s QEI is the only NAEYC recognized Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) in the state of Oklahoma. An AFP is recognized by NAEYC as a part of their Accreditation Program Support department. As a standard of best practice, AFP’s follow a set of ethically charged Guiding Principles. For center based programs that have never attempted National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation, it will take at least 12 months to two years to build their quality and achieve accreditation status. For programs that are renewing their accreditation, it may take at a minimum one year.
The QEI targets programs whose children and families are receiving subsidized care. This may be in the form of DHS monies, scholarships/grants or tribal funds. The program must be located in our catchment area (Tulsa, Osage, Creek, Rogers, and Wagoner counties). However, it is our desire to assist any program or provider who wants to improve the quality of care for young children. Please contact Cynthia Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Collette Sawyer at email@example.com for additional information.