Strategic Plans

Technical Assistance in Systems Building for State Leaders

Technical assistance to support systems building, including strategic planning, is available through the Child Care State Capacity Building Center and may be available through other federal technical assistance centers. Please check with your State Systems Specialist for more information.

Strategic planning is an essential part of early childhood systems building, providing a state and its partners with a coherent vision and roadmap. Chapter 2 of the Systems Building Resource Guide provides an overview of key concepts linking strategic planning and systems building, describing what strategic planning is and its importance to systems building. This chapter presents key elements, quick tips for strategic planning, and ideas for mobilizing others in the planning process. It also provides an organizational design approach that helps accelerate the work getting done, examples of Tribal, statewide, and city-specific strategic plans, and resources.