While our goals reflect the traditional domains of the early childhood system, our strategies to achieve them are intentionally cross-sector; we will deploy the strategies broadly to support all three goals. The strategies focus on systemic, ecological change versus direct service provision. First 5 Orange County funds many direct services and will continue to do so to achieve the impact we are seeking, but we embrace the pivot to systems-change as a promising strategy to improve the functioning and efficiency of services, and to increase resource allocation to the early childhood system. Our hypothesis is that by employing this approach we can help the system serve more families and with higher quality, and in the process build family resiliency, quality early learning, and comprehensive health and development.
Below we offer the value of each of the five strategic directions and why we selected these strategies.
Our Strategic Directions