Build community leadership knowledge and action related to early childhood by developing an internal and external leadership voice.
One of the markers of a well-functioning early childhood system is that leaders throughout the community understand the importance of early childhood and are engaged in efforts to make the community more supportive of young children and their families. This support can translate directly into improved outcomes. Thus, cultivating this support is a key strategy for First 5 Orange County that builds on our foundational positions to strategically leverage community strengths and resources to the benefit of young children and their families.
Committed Leadership 1: Increase the First 5 Orange County voice and presence in the community to promote early childhood priorities.
To be measured by: Count of First 5 Orange County staff/consultant presentations on early childhood issues, including the Early Childhood Policy Framework, to non-First 5 Orange County-funded agencies and other critical institutional stakeholders in Orange County.
Value of the measure: This objective and indicator embodies our foundational position to amplify our leadership voice on behalf of young children and families in Orange County as a critical first step to achieving the policy changes and broad support for early childhood that we seek.
Committed Leadership 2: Increase the number of traditional and non-traditional champions that advocate for and support early childhood.
To be measured by: Number of traditional and non-traditional organizations using Early Childhood Policy Framework in ways identified in the ECPF 2018-2019 Business Plan or otherwise. (Note: Traditional organizations are those that provide services to young children or otherwise work within the early childhood system as a core part of their mission. Non-traditional organizations are those for which early childhood is not typically or historically considered a core part of their mission.)
Value of the measure: Creating a child- and family-friendly community requires the investment of non-traditional actors into early childhood policies, in addition to the investments of traditional actors. The Early Childhood Policy Framework Business Plan lists promising individuals or organizations for outreach and possible pro-child or pro-family policies they could implement.
Committed Leadership 3: Increase the number of local and statewide policies that support early childhood.
To be measured by: Number of organizations of any type (traditional or non-traditional, public or private, state or local) that have enacted policies that support early childhood, including laws, ordinances, internal policies, funding opportunities or others.
Value of the measure: The true measure of success for our efforts to engage with non-traditional stakeholders and promote the importance of early childhood is whether diverse stakeholders take specific and concrete action on behalf of young children and their families through policy changes, new services and supports, or funding.