INTRODUCTION TO GREAT START STRATEGIC PLAN
The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalitions have worked together to build and reform the local early childhood system to achieve better outcomes for young children and their families. In order to successfully implement Great Start activities a strategic plan is written every 3 years to serve as a guide for all Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition work.
The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative members and Great Start Parent Leaders see the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan as a valuable document to engage the community and increase public awareness about the early childhood movement locally and state-wide.
Great Start leaders seek out community stakeholders and use the Strategic Plan as a credibility tool to enhance future funding. Michigan’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation and the Office of Great Start will utilize strategic plans to connect the 54 Great Start Collaboratives with resources, technical assistance and to communicate with Michigan stakeholders.
The 2018-2021 Dickinson Iron Great Start Strategic Plan is featured on the following Great Start websites:
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STRATEGIC PLAN SECTIONS
The Dickinson Iron Great Start Strategic Plan identifies community problems. Action Agendas written by Action Team Committee Members outline Goals, Strategies, Themes, Activities, Target Dates and Progress. Rationale addressing root causes and why Great Start leaders selected specific strategies and solutions is featured as a narrative prior to the Action Agenda section.
The Great Start Strategic Plan, based on both family and community needs, is a core document guiding the creation of a single, interconnected network to support better results for children and families. To be successful in school and in life, children must grow up in an environment that develops self confidence, positive social and emotional skills and a lifelong love of learning.
SAMPLE ACTION PLAN PAGE
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN – OUR MOTTO!
PROMOTING SYSTEM CHANGE
The Dickinson Iron Great Start continues to focus on system change compared to implementing programs. Shared learning and feedback is important in order to problem solve and identify causes of problems.
Great Start Action Teams were formed at two strategic plan retreats. Retreat leaders were engaged in interconnected thinking and showed lots of pride and dedication as they contributed to planning future Great Start activities.
RETREAT TEAM PHOTOS
January 2017 Strategic Plan Retreat
July 2017 Strategic Plan Retreat
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