Know and Grow Oklahoma

Early Relational Health Corp

Know and Grow Oklahoma: Building Resilient Children, Families and Communities is a project of the Potts Family Foundation and funded by the Oklahoma legislature’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The purpose of Know and Grow Oklahoma is to ensure that infants and toddlers born during the pandemic era (between 2019 and May 2023) are developmentally on track by identifying and responding to their needs and those of their families. Through no fault of their own, parents found themselves in situations where parenting took on a new and different meaning. Now is the time to surround and support these children, parents, caregivers and families.

To accomplish this, we must have strong, resilient communities that can support families. An Early Relational Health Corps of Oklahomans from across the state that work with and support young children and families will be assembled for the purpose of educating communities about the importance of positive early relationships between infants, toddlers and their parents and caregivers.

We intend to bring together Oklahomans across the state to create stronger communities that buffer the effects of the pandemic on children and families, while preparing communities to continue supporting Early Relational Health for all infants and toddlers born now and in the future. These efforts will help to create resilient communities for a stronger Oklahoma.

The Early Relational Health concept is a strengths-based approach focused on building the individual, family, community and systems that promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships, buffer adversity and build resilience.

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