What We Believe
Theory of Change
We believe that lasting change comes only by empowering families and communities with knowledge leading to power; that institutions change only with resources and leadership; and that systems change only through the lever of informed power. Our work is therefore delivered in a series of concentric and interwoven circles of engagement, education and empowerment, with children at the center of all we do.
Our Principles of Practice
These principles articulate what we believe, why we believe it, and guide us to do our work uniquely in our constituent communities.
As a catalyst for organizing, developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most, we believe that all children and their families, particularly those experiencing poverty, must have access to quality early care and education, and systems of family and community support that lead to success in school and in life.
What We Believe for Children
We believe all children will achieve their greatest potential when they have:
- Consistent, stable, and nurturing care;
- Exceptional-quality child care and early education; and
- Access to services that support their overall health and well-being.
What We Believe for Parents and Families
What We Believe for Child Care and Early Education Providers
What We Believe for Early Childhood Systems
We believe in an early care and education system that is universal and fully coordinated, enabling families, providers, and communities to access essential services at any point of entry.