Progress in Key Areas After Legislative Deadline Week

Last week was the deadline week for bills to be heard in the house of origin in the Oklahoma Legislature. In all, about 850 pieces of legislation are left alive in the House and Senate for consideration, down from an… Read More

Organizations Stepping Up During Teacher Walkout

There is nothing more important for Oklahoma’s children and the future of our state than ensuring every child has access to a good education. Education is a fundamental building block for a successful and fulfilling life; lack of education is… Read More

OICA Coordinating Outreach for Programs Supporting Kids During Teacher Walkout

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is working with community leaders from across the state to compile a list of organizations which will provide child care and nutrition programs during the upcoming planned education walkout in April.   OICA… Read More

Preventing Toxic Stress in Children

Stress is an issue that impacts everyone. Regardless of your age, your income level or where you live, stress affects the health and well-being of every single person on this planet.   Children oftentimes are the most susceptible to stress.… Read More

Legislators Weigh Policy Choices That Impact Children

A lot of the recent focus at the State Capitol has been on the budgeting process, but just as important is the normal business of crafting state policy through bills and resolutions. Most legislative items are in their very early… Read More

Study: Economic hardship among most common adverse experiences for children

A new Child Trends report finds that 45 percent of children in the United States have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, with economic hardship and parental divorce or separation the most common nationally and in almost every state.… Read More

State of State Speech Brings Revenue Issues into Focus

At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, our team was pleased to hear Governor Mary Fallin declare in her State of the State Address on Monday that “we deserve better and our children deserve better too.”  With 800,000 young Oklahomans… Read More

As Session Begins, Ask Lawmakers to Focus on Child Well-Being

The Oklahoma Legislature will convene for the 2018 regular session on Monday, February 5.  Also, on that day, Governor Mary Fallin will deliver her final State of the State address.  Speaking on behalf of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy… Read More

How a Federal Shutdown Impacts Kids and Families

On Monday, we saw the US Senate pass legislation to keep the federal government running for three more weeks. If passed by both bodies and signed by President Trump, the agreement would extend funding and allow further negotiations on issues… Read More