Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Strategic Plan Discovery Survey Welcome! Thank you for participating in the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) strategic planning process taking place from October 2019 through March 2020. We are excited to hear from you! Note: If you or one of your partners require translation or other support to complete this survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In the survey below, we ask a series of questions about children in Massachusetts – and how we can support them to enter kindergarten ready to learn – as well as support their families. We also ask if there are documents or materials you would like to upload so they can be reviewed in our planning process. These may include other plans, meeting minutes, initiative summaries, or anything else you feel appropriate to our process. For your reference - EEC services include programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children during out of school time; group homes, foster care and adoption placement agencies, residential schools for children with special needs; and programs like home-visiting and family engagement networks. Our strategic goals are that: All young children in the Commonwealth will be ready to enter the K-12 education system and be successful and their families will be provided with the opportunities to support their children’s cognitive, socio-emotional, language, and physical development. Programs offered in early childhood, out of school time settings licensed or license exempt by EEC will promote and support the high-quality education and healthy development of children that enables all children to be successful as school members and citizens. The early childhood and out-of-school time workforce who works with children ad families in the Commonwealth is professional prepared, adequately compensated, and diverse. The Department and the Board of Early Education and Care will provide leadership, direction and resources to meet the mission of the agency with utmost integrity, transparency and accountability to the people of the Commonwealth. In addition to this survey, EEC is scheduling a series of regional learning sessions to hear from community members in person – please click here to access the Strategic Roadmap Hub, where you can find session dates and register to attend. OK Question Title * 1. What is your first name? OK Question Title * 2. What is your last name? OK Question Title * 3. What is your organization name, if applicable? OK Question Title * 4. What is your title at that organization, if applicable? OK Question Title * 5. We welcome responses from individuals as well as from groups! If you are representing the feedback of a group rather than your individual thoughts, then please share more information below. The name of the group whose feedback you are representing: The number of participants represented by this feedback: The type of participants (ex. coworkers; parents; child care providers; community members): OK Question Title * 6. In which counties do you PRIMARILY live and/or work (check all that apply)? Barnstable Berkshire Bristol Dukes Essex Franklin Hampden Hampshire Middlesex Nantucket Norfolk Plymouth Suffolk Worcester OK Question Title * 7. In which role(s) do you most often interact with the DEEC? Policymaker (elected official or administrative) DEEC leadership DEEC staff Other state department employee Advisory Council member Parent/family member of participant Nonprofit partner/provider For profit partner/provider Business partner/vendor Advocate/lobbyist Other OK Question Title * 8. In your opinion, what are the most important reasons that EEC exists? What do we hope will change as a result of our work for families, communities, etc.? OK Question Title * 9. In your opinion, what is right about our system of support for children and families? What should we continue? OK Question Title * 10. In your opinion, what is lacking in our system of support? Where are we falling down? OK Question Title * 11. Over the next five years, what are the three important steps that EEC should we be taking to improve early education and care outcomes for children and families? Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: OK Question Title * 12. Please upload the most important research, feedback, or planning document that you think the EEC should review and build upon as it crafts its new strategic plan. DOCX, DOC, JPEG, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG file types only. Choose File Choose File No file chosen Remove File Please upload the most important research, feedback, or planning document that you think the EEC should review and build upon as it crafts its new strategic plan. OK DONE- THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT!