Department of Early Learning and Care
Driving Principles Finalized
After extensive internal and external partnerships, feedback sessions and community input, the soon-to-be Department of Early Learning and Care has finalized its mission, vision and values statements. Here are the official statements; thanks to everyone who helped shape them!
The Department of Early Learning and Care fosters coordinated, culturally appropriate, and family-centered services that recognize and respect the strengths and needs of all children, families, and early learning and care professionals.
All children, families, early care and education professionals, and communities are supported and empowered to thrive.
Equity: We are committed to dismantling the systems of oppression that harm and create disparities for communities who are historically and institutionally excluded. We are adopting anti-racist principles, expanding access to services, and ensuring community representation and shared power in agency efforts. We are fostering a culturally responsive environment in which all individuals can experience a sense of belonging as they access programs, services, and resources.
Respect: We believe that family is a child’s first teacher. We are committed to nurturing family partnerships built on mutual respect. We recognize and value the knowledge and experiences of families, early care and education professionals, and community partners.
Trust: We value the public’s trust through honesty, transparency, and keeping our commitments.
Relationships: We acknowledge the importance of nurturing relationships in the field and with community. We listen to, support, collaborate with, and celebrate the professionals, families, and children in our communities.
Safety: We put safety and well-being first for our children, families, and early learning and care professionals.
Continuous Improvement: We set goals, seek input from community, and use data to improve quality of service and programs, increase quality and efficiency, and drive innovation.
Integrity: We are accountable for our actions, our decisions, and our work to reliably achieve high-quality outcomes.