Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide: 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 and their staff to build strong, trusting relationships with those who are affected by a line of action throughout the state and its systems. Building relationships may seem like a straightforward task. In reality, it requires a serious investment of time, discipline, and humility to develop relationships that will help lead to successful systems that work to achieve and advance equitable access to opportunities. This chapter of the Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide is about building and sustaining strategic relationships in the context of systems building, inclusion, understanding the value of strategic relationships, and initiating and sustaining strategic relationships. This guide also provides resources and quick tips for CCDF Administrators.