Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children
605 Centennial Blvd
Edmond OK 73013
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement
The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children's (OKAEYC) mission is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education and well-being of young children and their families.  
Contact Information
Contact Name Karla Benford
Contact email okaeyc@gmail.com
Address 605 Centennial Blvd
Edmond, OK 73013
Phone (405) 949-1495
Fax 405-509-2712
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donate: mail checks to office - 605 Centennial Blvd. Edmond, OK 73013 Attn: OKAEYC)
Volunteer/Support: email office (okaeyc@gmail.com)
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $40,300.00
Projected Expenses $39,500.00
History and Background
Former Names
Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma (ECAO)2017
Year Founded 1994
IRS Ruling Year 1994
State Registration Expiration Mar 2020
The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children's (OKAEYC) mission is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education and well-being of young children and their families.  

The purpose of this organization is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, diversities, and rights of young children and their families.  In order to achieve this purpose, the organization shall fulfill these functions:

(a) Recognize the expertise and contribute to the professional growth of individuals working with and for young children.
(b) Encourage the acquisition and implementation of knowledge, resources, and services for young children and early care and education professionals.
(c) Provide support services for the six state chapters.
(d) Inform the membership of public policy affecting young children.
(e) Review and disseminate information to the membership on issues concerning children and families.
(f) Work to improve the standards for the care and education of children, and thus improve their quality of life.
(g) Establish and maintain a point of contact for early care and education professionals. 
(h) Advocate for practices, which are age appropriate, to the uniqueness of children in schools, early care and education facilities and other services.


One of OKAEYC's biggest accomplishments in the past year would be an continuous increase in membership across the state; our organization has grown to over 600 members across Oklahoma. In 2018, the annual conference was successful in part because of a partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma which allowed for an increase in conference registration at almost 300 attendees. 

Our goals for the current year include continuing to increase membership and offering more workshops and training sessions across the state. Part of this plan includes realigning our area chapters in the southeast part of the state and developing a new (statewide) chapter specifically for home-based child care centers. Our board is committed to different marketing strategies that will increase the span and reach of OKAEYC's brand to early childhood professionals who are not familiar with what we do.  
- Board positions are available (visit www.okaeyc.org or contact our office for more information) 
- volunteers for the 2019 Fall Conference (September 2019; date is pending)
- donations and sponsorships for the 2019 Fall Conference 
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children provides training opportunities to foster the professional development of early childhood educators.  A statewide conference is held annually (usually in the fall) in the Oklahoma City area.  Throughout the year, workshops and seminars are offered in locations across the state and individual chapters of OKAEYC may also host conferences in their area.  All training is registered with the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) at the University of Oklahoma and is approved for continuing education credits that meet the requirements for child care centers and homes licensed by Oklahoma DHS.  The cost of training is minimal which allows more participation while still helping to fund the work and initiatives of the association.  Studies show that better trained child care providers offer a higher quality of care for children. OKAEYC is an affiliate of both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
The Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children serves the entire state of Oklahoma through its active chapters. There are currently six chapters serving early childhood educators: Southeast Oklahoma; Metro Chapter (central Oklahoma); Red River Chapter (southwest Oklahoma); Tulsa Chapter (northeast Oklahoma); Wheat Capital Chapter (northwest Oklahoma); and Family Home Child Care Chapter (statewide)
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Alliances & Advocacy
Description The OKAEYC annual conference is held each year in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.  The purpose is to provide professional development/continuing education opportunities for early childhood professionals as well as increase our organization's membership. 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Providing training hours for Child Care Providers.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Studies show that early childhood teachers and child care providers with  higher levels of education and specialized training offer a higher quality of care and education for young children.  Higher quality care results in better long term outcomes for children.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Annual Conference is to provide for the educational needs as well as training hours needed annually.  The conference has a opening keynote speaker and opportunities for workshops specifically for child care providers and early childhood education professionals, as well as families.  Participants evaluate their learning experiences.  The Board reviews evaluations and makes changes to reflect changing needs.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Karla Benford
Start Date Jan 2019
Email okaeyc@gmail.com
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Southern Early Childhood Association, state affiliate
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Dr. Lori Beasley President
Company Affiliation University of Central Oklahoma
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Ruth Ann Ball HistorianVoting
Dr. Lori Beasley PresidentVoting
Dr. Mansur Choudry Conference Co-ChairVoting
Kristina Ellis Past-PresidentVoting
Charlotte Hollarn President-ElectVoting
Stephanie Lippert Public PolicyVoting
Amy McCain Public RelationsVoting
Dr. Mary McCoy VP ChaptersVoting
Barbara O'Neal Conference Co-ChairVoting
Kelly Ramsey NAEYC Affiliate CouncilVoting
Kelly Ramsey SECA RepresentativeVoting
Suzanne Ray TreasurerVoting
Gina Richardson VP MembershipVoting
Collette Sawyer Accreditation ChairVoting
Gay Snyder Awards ChairVoting
Comesha Woods SecretaryVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 1 Indian Subcontinent
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 14
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 15 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Board Term Limits vary from one year to two year depending on the position. Occasionally board members are appointed mid-term to fulfill/complete a vacated position and may then be elected for a full term
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019-Dec 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $40,300
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $39,500
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,728$6,847$266
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$37,138$30,379$44,345
Administration Expense$9,749$10,135$9,771
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.230.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%75%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$199,128$195,749$186,316
Current Assets$199,128$195,749$186,316
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$199,128$195,749$186,316
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $24,394Contributions $28,450Contributions $27,903
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $17,144Earned Revenue $14,650Earned Revenue $24,645
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $8,728Investment Income $6,847Investment Income $266
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s. 
Per Note A of the audit report, financial statement presentation uses the income tax basis - not GAAP.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff. 
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Address 605 Centennial Blvd
Edmond, OK 73013
Primary Phone 405 949-1495
Contact Email okaeyc@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Karla Benford
Board Chair Dr. Lori Beasley
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Central Oklahoma