Making a Difference
Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarcerated women in the country – and the second highest for men. 85.3% of the women in prison in the state of Oklahoma has at least one child. This means tens of thousands of children go months or years without one or both of their parents, which creates anxiety, depression, anger and loss of interest in school for these children. As children get to see and hear their parents saying “I love you and miss you. I’m proud of you!,” it helps traumatized children see themselves in a positive way and know that their parents are safe and well.
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Parent-Child Reading is Critical
A new study out from the American Academy of Pediatrics reinforces the importance of parent-child reading activities to help develop brain functionality in youth. This study helps to reinforce the important work of the OK Messages video literacy program.
Oklahoma Messages Project was recently featured in an article for Truthout. The investigative piece outlines the dysfunctional prison system and the impact that separation from a parent incarcerated has on children and the emotional toll it takes on the mother's who...read more
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a study that shows how parent-child reading activities activate brain areas related to narrative comprehension and mental imagery, which is vital for kids' language and literacy development. "The American Academy of...read more
We want to thank the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City who has provided a generous donation of $10,000 to Oklahoma Messages Project. The Kirkpatrick Foundation has been a strong supporter of OKMP these past several years and we appreciate the generous donation...read more