Our Strategic Plan focuses on Programs, Public Policy, and Research.
This plan identifies the systemic impact areas that we will pursue. We believe a focus on these areas will drive the political, economic, and social changes that are required to create the world we desire.
Evolving Community Systems: Serving the Whole State
Though endemic poverty can be attacked at the individual and family level, when addressed at the system level, community and societal gains increase exponentially. Our work in community systems development and capacity building has demonstrated that the greatest potential educational return, for the greatest number of children in all communities, will be achieved through this work.
Driving Diversity of Child Care and Education: Supporting Parental Choice for Home- and Center-Based Settings
While ongoing research and policy findings continue to drive funding and political momentum toward center-based education and universal pre-kindergarten, the work of studying, researching, and acknowledging the value of diverse settings and experiences in ECE and care for school-age children while not in school is sorely lacking. The prevalence of families who choose different child care options exemplifies the need for a spectrum of high-quality solutions across every income, social, and child care delivery structure. We are committed to pursuing quality measures that acknowledge different settings, offer new options, and provide meaningful solutions to every family.
Vitalizing the Early Care and Education Workforce
The early education workforce, who we entrust to nurture and teach our children during the most important developmental years of their lives, is in urgent need of vitalization. Identifying, recruiting, developing, and sustaining that workforce has increasingly eluded the field. When we recognize an issue of this magnitude, we rise to the challenge. The methods, protocols, and incentives to overcome the talent shortage in ECE has become our focus. We know that without a solution to this crisis, there remain nearly insurmountable obstacles to developing the next generation of leaders for the field, and without a solution, it will be the children who continue to pay the price.
Working Beyond Need-Based Equity
While some progress has been made, in 21st century America, race, gender, disability, zip code, and nationality directly impact the future of children. Where children live matters. Their race and nationality matters. Gender, disability, all of it matters. The time to collect and analyze the data is long overdue. These questions will continue to engage our study and pursuit of equity within our organization and in the child care and education field.