“This region has to get a handle on that prekindergarten enrollment. That is low-hanging fruit. I would say if there is a Job 1, this is Job 1 — to figure out how to get those kids enrolled.”

– John Tapogna, a consultant working with ImpactTulsa to study best practices for education in the area. ImpactTulsa’s second annual report found that 3,000 eligible Tulsa-area 4-year-olds are not accessing available prekindergarten programs (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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