What is Home Visiting?

This photo and audio tour, from the Pew Charitable Trusts, of a visit between 24-year-old new mom Astiare Logan; her son, Andrew; and their home visitor, Laura, provides an intimate glimpse into these voluntary parent mentoring programs.

The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect (2014)

Each year within the US alone over 770,000 children are victimized by abuse and neglect (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2010).  Studies of adults show that adverse childhood experiences like maltreatment increase risk for chronic diseases of aging, including Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Proposed State and Federal Resource Allocation Principles

Created by The Partnership for America’s Economic Success is a collaborative initiative of business, economists, funders, policy leaders and advocates. It mobilizes business leaders to improve tomorrow’s economy through smart policy investments in young children today. It is managed by the Pew Center on the States.

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The Heckman Equation

The Heckman Equation is a simple equation if you invest in early human development you improve education, you increase health, you decrease crime you achieve global competitiveness you build a strong America. James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago. His recent research deals with such issues as evaluation of social programs, econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data, the economics of the labor market, and alternative models of the distribution of income. Dr. Heckman has many researched papers on his site on the investment in early childhood.


Voices for America’s Children

Voices for America’s Children is the nation’s largest network of multi-issue child advocacy organizations. They are a nationwide nonprofit, nonpartisan network spans almost every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They lead advocacy efforts at the community, state and federal levels to improve the lives of all children, especially those most vulnerable, and their families.  On their site they have a wide variety of researched papers on early childhood


Oklahoma Parents as Teachers

Oklahoma Parents As Teachers (OPAT) is a free, voluntary parent education program designed to foster an early partnership between home and school.  The program is available for all expectant parents as well as parents with children birth to age three based on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. The goal of the OPAT program is to strengthen the capacity of parents to be effective first teachers in providing children the best possible start in life, maximize a child’s overall development during those first three years, lay the foundation for school success, and minimize developmental problems that interfere with the child’s learning. To enroll in an OPAT program in your area, contact your local public school district or view the OPAT Program Directory for a complete listing of all the OPAT programs.

OPAT Program Directory