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In 2007, federal law required the Governor of each state to create a new body or designate an existing body as the State's Early Childhood Advisory Council.
On November 30, 2008, Governor Brad Henry designated, by a memorandum of understanding that the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board (OPSR) would serve as the state's Early Childhood Advisory Council (SECAC). During the 2010 legislative session, Governor Brad Henry signed HB 3126 which legislatively appointed the OPSR as Oklahoma's State Early Childhood Advisory Council.
As the State’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, the OPSR serves in an advisory capacity by providing recommendations to the Governor on early childhood system issues relating to workforce, higher education, quality of early childhood programs and services, access to early childhood programs and services, professional development, and special populations.
Each year the OPSR and its workgroups develop systemic early childhood recommendations that are presented to the Governor’s office. See the past and current recommendations below.