VISION 2013 The path to First Steps’ strategic plan
Both a process & a product A tool; a practical, usable document that guides acquisition & allocation of resources Takes stock of where you are Builds agreements on where you want to go Charts a course for getting there Sets forth a way to evaluate progress along the way Specifies Values, Vision, Mission, Outcomes, Actions, Resources, Performance Indicators Richard A. Mittenthal, Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders, 2002 Michael Allison and Jude Kaye, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations, 2005 What Is Strategic Planning?
Reflects the environment Assesses organization’s strengths & limitations Includes stakeholders Guided by an accountable planning committee Buy-in by senior leadership Sharing of responsibility by board and staff Informed by best practices Includes specific priorities and implementation plan Patience Commitment to change Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning
SECTION 59-152-50 (3) of enabling legislation requires OFS to: “provide technical assistance, consultation, and support to county partnerships to facilitate their success including, but not limited to, model programs, strategic planning, leadership development, best practice, successful strategies, collaboration, financing, and evaluation” Why a strategic plan for First Steps?
State level planning Implementation Strategic Plan (2001) Blueprint for South Carolina’s Children (2004-2007) County level planning Level 1 Planning Grants (2000) Level 2 Grant Applications (2001) Three-year county partnership strategic plans Annual update of county needs and resource assessments First Steps Strategic Planning:A History
With SC First Steps reauthorized through 2013, the time is now to create a common plan for leading the agency and its partners into the future.
Path to Vision 2013: GoalsIn an effort to improve the school readiness of South Carolina’s children, we will: • Optimize early childhood investments in SC; • Strengthen outcomes-based accountability; • Enhance collaboration across public and private sectors; • Support community-based planning and capacity-building; and • Expand research-based practices and validate the efficacy of innovative approaches.
Path to Vision 2013:Three Components Program Planning Program Perspective Regional Summits Local Expert Perspective State-Level Parameters Policy/Systems Perspective
Timeline Committee seated (January 2008) Staff and evaluator research (January – June 2008) Committee meetings (August – October 2008) Present future program recommendations at state board retreat (October 2008) Scope of Work Document current First Steps program investments Summarize best practice research on First Steps and other ECE programs Review state indicators, readiness and program investment trends Path to Vision 2013: Program PlanningHenry Parr, Committee ChairKaren Ponder, former CEO, NC Smart Start; Kim Browning, High Scope Research Foundation; SCFS staff
Timeline 7 Regional Summits (August-September 2008) Validation activities (September-October 2008) Present summit findings at state board retreat (October 2008) Unveil state Vision 2013 plan and county-level planning tools to local stakeholders (December 2008 – January 2009) Scope of Work Learn about priority issues and service gaps from community partners Lay groundwork for standardized needs and resource assessments Collect qualitative feedback to inform state strategic plan and develop common guide for local 3-year planning beginning in 2009 Path to Vision 2013: Regional Early Childhood SummitsKristin Hook and Reece Yandle, Board LiaisonsFirst Steps Executive Director Leadership Council, Executive Directors;Libby Cable, The Lee Institute; SCFS staff; Host Partners
2008 Regional Early Childhood Summits Upstate Sept. 3 Catawba Aug. 25 Greenville Cherokee York Spartanburg Pickens Oconee Pee Dee Aug. 28 Union Chester Lancaster Chesterfield Marlboro Anderson Laurens Fairfield Dillon Kershaw Darlington Newberry Abbeville Lee Green-wood Marion Piedmont Aug. 26 Saluda Florence Richland McCormick Lexington Sumter Horry Edgefield Calhoun Clarendon Williamsburg Aiken Orangeburg Georgetown Barnwell Bamberg Berkeley Midlands Sept. 4 Dorchester Coastal Aug. 27 Allendale Colleton Hampton Charleston Lowcountry Sept. 5 Jasper Beaufort
County Delegations(8 per county): Partnership Executive Director Partnership Board Chair 4-6 local stakeholders, to include representation from family strengthening, early education, child care, health At-large Delegations i.e., Head Start; regional public health, mental health districts; local councils of government; faith-based or business leaders; legislative delegation; local funders, etc. Trained facilitators SCFS staff and board Summit Participants
A.M. Early Childhood County Showcase What is the best thing you’ve done for young children in your county since 1999? Where We Are in SC: Primary Indicators for School Readiness P.M. Breakout Session: County Level Work Review county profile of children 0-5 Generate preliminary gaps assessment; identify priority issues to examine further at the local and state level Sharing of Findings Identify common themes among county discussions Suggest how SCFS can assist with local planning and what should be considered when developing the state strategic plan Summit Agenda Pre-Summit Self-Study County Delegations review local and regional data provided by SCFS andresearch local assets, programs, and services for young children and families
Timeline June – September 2008: Analyze First Steps implementation Determine capacity needs Present future infrastructure recommendations at state board retreat October 2008 Scope of Work Review First Steps legislation and other legislative mandates Review 2003 and 2006 First Steps external evaluation results Review Blueprint for SC’s Children Review SC ECCS (Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems) goals Path to Vision 2013: State-Level ParametersStrategic Planning and Evaluation Committee (Lisa Van Riper, Chair)Karen Ponder, former CEO, NC Smart Start; Kim Browning, High Scope Research Foundation; SCFS staff
Roles The Board of Trustees is delegating to the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee responsibilities to oversee: Implementation of all three components of the planning process and presentation of initial findings in October 2008 Development of a draft Plan to present to the Board in November 2008 Upon approval, the Board will oversee and actively support the implementation of the Plan. Values and Scope Local expertise and community perspectives will be central to the development of Vision 2013 The Strategic Plan will include goals for SCFS and partnerships to work toward, actions required to achieve outcomes, and indicators to track progress The Plan will reflect a working balance between state and local partners; The Plan will advance a common agenda for improving school readiness in SC. Path to Vision 2013: Decision Points
Path to Vision 2013: Endorsement of PlanSC First Steps Board of TrusteesKaren Ponder, former CEO, NC Smart Start; Kim Browning, High Scope Research Foundation; SCFS staff Program Recommendations Stakeholder Recommendations Infrastructure Recommendations Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee Synthesis Board receives recommendations in October 2008 and endorses full Plan in November 2008 VISION 2013
County-level Planning VISION 2013 County Needs and Resource Assessments SCFS Technical Assistance County Strategic and Renewal Plans