State Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators’ key responsibilities include drawing attention to issues facing young children and families, communicating how specific policies and initiatives can lead to a stronger start for children, and showing how early learning is essential to later success in school and life. Engaging stakeholders, parents, state and local officials, and philanthropy and business leaders in conversation about the importance of high quality early childhood services, and the challenges of providing them, requires collaborative leadership and thoughtful, intentional planning to discern what children really need at home, school, and in the community to be successful. “Stakeholder Communications,” chapter 5 of Systems Building Resource Guide, addresses the benefits of communicating and engaging with stakeholders, communication plans, making the most of stakeholder meetings, and relevant resources.
Technical assistance to support systems building, including strategic planning, is available through the State Capacity Building Center and may be available through other federal technical assistance centers. Please check with your State Systems Specialist for more information.