OK-UP - Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

Oklahoma's University for Parents

Oklahoma's University for Parents (OK-UP) is a statewide initiative to help Oklahoma families strengthen parent-child relationships and build positive parenting skills.

OK-UP was created and facilitated by OSU-Tulsa faculty and graduate students, as well as the OSU Cooperative Extension. OK-UP seeks to to meet the need for parenting education in the state through community outreach. It is one of the first parenting initiatives of its kind in Oklahoma.


Autonomy and Connectedness: Supporting Your Child's Growing Independence

When: Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m..
Where: OSU-Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood Ave., B.S. Roberts Room, North Hall

*Free dinner and childcare provided! Ticket reservations are required for each adult and child attending the event or attending childcare.

Dinner will be served from 5:30-6 p.m.

Please join Oklahoma's University for Parents (OK-UP) and Dr. Amy Williamson in learning about Autonomy with Connectedness - Supporting your Toddler's Developing Independence.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Register Here

You will learn:

  • What is behind the budding independence of toddlers
  • Practical strategies that can be used to support your child's independence while keeping them safe.
  • What is worrisome and what is normal behavior for toddlers and why (Hint: tantrums are normal!)

Dr. Amy Williamson is an associate professor in the department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. She is also the Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Professor in Early Childhood and the director of the Institute for Building Early Relationships in HDFS at OSU. Dr. Williamson earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She specializes in infant and toddler development and education and her research focuses on the development of caregiver-child relationships in the context of family and early education settings as well as teacher professional development and well-being..


OK-UP offers:

  • Free parenting classes on topics including:
    • discipline tools
    • school readiness
    • building positive parent-child relationships
    • stress management
    • family routines
    • finances
    • family resilience
  • Live presentations
  • Video screenings
  • Panel discussions
  • Networking opportunities for families

The initiative is sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Science and the OSU Cooperative Extension with funds provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. It has partnered with Tulsa Public Schools, Greenwood Cultural Center, Catholic Charities and Teach Not Punish.

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