Strategic Relationships

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.

Successful early childhood systems building in states and territories requires Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators to build strong, trusting relationships with stakeholders (in other words, those who are affected by a line of action) throughout the state and its systems. Building relationships may seem like a simple and straightforward task, but as experts have suggested, it requires a serious investment of time, discipline, and humility to develop relationships in a way that will help lead to successful systems that work to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. “Strategic Relationships,” chapter 4 of Systems Building Resource Guide, is about building and sustaining strategic relationships in the context of systems building, racial equality, understanding the value of strategic relationships, and initiating and sustaining strategic relationships. This guide also provides quick tips for CCDF Administrators and resources. Please use the navigation bar on the left to explore the guide.