CAP-Tulsa Research Partnership
We partner with CAP-Tulsa to evaluate and research several different components of their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. We evaluate Oklahoma's Early Childhood Program (OECP), which is a state-funded initiative awarded to CAP-Tulsa to support and expand high quality early childhood programs for children who are three years old and younger. For this project, Research Associates visit participating classrooms to observe and document classroom practices. Information obtained from classroom observations is shared with CAP-Tulsa leadership to guide teacher professional development and inform classroom practices.
The ECEI’s work with CAP-Tulsa also includes a broad range of child assessments to document children’s development during their time enrolled in CAP programs. These measures gather information on children’s math and literacy skills, as well as social-emotional development. ECEI research staff assess these children regularly throughout their time at CAP to document their developmental trajectories in these multiple domains. Information gathered from all of these child assessments is shared with CAP-Tulsa leadership to aid in their overall evaluation and decision making about their early childhood programs.
Principal Investigator is Sherri Castle; Project Director is Lisa Eshenour; Assistant Project Director is Denise Vega Ruvalcaba; Research Associates are Minerva Castaneda, Leah Smith, Amanda Adams, Paula Berry, Lisa Scott and Denise Terrill.