Early Childhood Education

Tulsa, OK – $30M announced for early childhood education

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A $30 million public-private partnership in Tulsa will result in the construction of three early-childhood learning centers that will provide early care and education for 600 at-risk infants and toddlers.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation announced Thursday it will match $15 million of federal education stimulus-grant money approved for the projects.

Tulsa Public Schools will allocate $2 million for operating funds.

Foundation Executive Director Ken Levit says investment in early childhood education helps prepare children for school and avoid remediation in later school years.

The federal money comes from $100 million in stimulus money designated for an education fund allocated at the governor's discretion.