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 dangers to avoid in the planning process. It also provides an organizational design approach that helps to accelerate the work getting done, examples of statewide and city-specific strategic plans, and 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.