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The issues and systems that impact our littlest people are many and varied. The opportunity for children to maximize their potential is greatest when critical key components are in place.

The star diagram depicts the five program and service components of the early childhood system:

  • Family Support for Basic Needs, Economic Security, and Child Safety
  • Social & Emotional Health
  • Pediatric and Family Health
  • Parent Leadership
  • Early Child Care and Education

The ring around the star represents the infrastructure elements, or the working system necessary to sustain the efforts of the five program and service components. The community must work together to build and maintain these items.

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Professional Development and Technical Assistance
  • Parental and Community Engagement
  • Public Will Building and Strategic Communication
  • Data and Information Systems
  • Accountability, Results, and Standards
  • System Integration
  • Financing and Fund Development

Community infrastructure elements are necessary to support and connect each program and service component to form a functional early childhood system. Each element must be informed by, and work in tandem with the others to be effective.