Strategies and Actions

Our strategies and actions represent the collective discernment, insight, and will of the early childhood sector in San Antonio. We are committed to tracking our progress and impact as we implement them.

How We Will Reach Our Goal

In service of every family having access to early learning and development that is accessible, affordable, and high-quality:

Ecosystem

Create the enabling conditions to advance the goals, strategies, and actions of the other three sections and create a powerful and sustainable future for early learning and care.

Access to Quality

There is ample supply of high-quality early childhood seats across a variety of settings

Professional Pathways

High-quality early learning professionals ensure every child can maximize their potential

Family Engagement

Every family is connected to powerful early learning and development from birth

Access to Quality

DomainStrategyAction
Quality SupplyIncrease the quality of current providersLeverage the success of Alamo Quality Pathway and Pre-K 4 SA coaching by increasing alignment, scale, and resources
Integrate financial coaching into ongoing coaching
Quality SupplyIncrease the number of high quality, affordable seats for children with special needsIncrease and activate the capacity of current high-quality providers to serve children with special needs
Increase the capablity of all providers to serve children with special needs through additional training
Include the ability to serve special needs as a filter in the search tool
Increased AccessIncrease the number of providers that accept child care scholarships and/or military scholarshipsLearn from providers as to why they do or do not accept scholarships
Promote scholarship acceptance among providers
Provide technical assitance to providers who would like to begin accepting scholarships
Sustainable QualityIncrease the number of providers participating in the Shared Service AlliancePromote the value of the Shared Service Alliance to providers and provide technical assistance to those interested in joining
Create alignment between the Alamo Quality Pathway and the Shared Service Alliance
Ingetrate technical assistance and training in increase ability to serve special needs children
Quality SupplyAdd new high-quality early learning seatsBuild and pilot a seat accelerator that supports high quality providers to expand their centers or open new centers

Professional Pathways

DomainStrategyAction
Talent SupplyAlleviate the shortage of early childhood professionalsSurvey providers about the scale and drivers of the shortage
Study and enact high-leverage remedies to address the shortage
Training PipelineEnsure access to a quality learning management systemPartner with the Texas learning management system to ensure top quality and functionality
Create a training and educational pipeline with no gapsEnroll all providers and professionals in the learning management system
Use the data to identify the gaps in professional development and close them routinely
Stackable CredentialsBroker articulation agreements citywideDocument lessons from success locally and statewide
Map district and charter early childhood training programs
Convene districts, charters, two-year and four-year colleges to develop articulation agreements
CommunityEngage, nurture, and celebrate early childhood professionalsConvene early childhood professionals regularly to celebrate successes and advance the field

Family Engagement

DomainStrategyAction
Search ToolCreate tools to empower families to search for and choose the best option for their child(ren)Create a filterable search tool with reliable availability information
Promote the tool the broadly to families
Create, integrate, and promote a common application
Enable adoption and integration across family-facing services citywide
EnrollmentIncrease enrollment in affordable early learningExecute a citywide annual PreK Enrollment Campaign
Child-centered PartnershipSupport the expansion of powerful partnerships between families and early childhood professionalsPrepare famiilies to powerfully partner with their child(ren)’s teacher
Prepare early childhood professionals to powerfully partner with families
Equip families to extend learning at home
Demand for QualityElevate the importance of qualityEngage families and early childhood professionals to co-create powerful messages about the importance of quality
Promote these messages through a citywide family-facing campaign
WraparoundConnect families with wraparound resourcesIntegrate wraparound resources across the early childhood ecosystem

Ecosystem

DomainStrategyAction
Public Will
Partner with the business community to build advocacy strength
Build a community of businesses supporting working parents
Pilot and scale a partnership model between businesses and early learning centers to elevate their quality and advocacy
Develop and elevate business community champions as advocates for high-quality early learning
Engage the broader community to build robust and vocal support of the goals and policies of the Impact Plan
Establish an Outreach workgroup to guide and leverage campaigns
Conduct a public awareness campaign about the importance of high-quality early learning and the impact on the workforce
Policy
Advance a policy agenda in support of the Impact Plan
Work with stakeholders across the early childhood ecosystem to identify and draft policy advancements
Establish a Policy Workgroup to vet, prioritize, and advance policies
Ensure the development of the political will to pass and enact policies that improve access and quality
Data Infrastructure
Build the data infrastructure necessary to enable analysis, progress tracking, and advocacy
Establish a Data Workgroup to determine uses, permission controls, and levels of reporting
Evaluate the early learning data landscape
Develop data partnerships to enable a combined data system
Develop the infrastructure to hold a combined and queryable data system.
Develop a citywide scorecard and an annual report on the state of early learning

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