Building on Success

STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2021

 This is the Learning Community five-year road map to challenge and address the opportunity gap for children and families across the metropolitan area. It’s all about making our communities stronger and better places to live.

Our Priorities

VALUE-ADDED &
DIVERSIFIED FUNDING

We’ll advocate for the Learning Community to achieve the best possible outcomes from children, families and the entire Omaha metro region. Our plan also includes securing additional funding sources and expanding partnerships to increase collaborative opportunities.

1.1

Establish a user-friendly and flexible strategic planning and communications process with actions, measures and timelines for success.

1.2

Increase acceptance and engagement with key educational entities.

1.3

Increase awareness of the Community Achievement Plan and the importance of improved pathways for all students and families.

1.4

Begin planning for a collaborative network to support operations and future programs.

1.5

Create a planning strategy to explore a Learning Community foundation to attract and manage outside donations.

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EXPANDED PROGRAMS
& STRONG OUTCOMES

We’ll grow innovative and 2-Gen centered programs, especially in high poverty communities. Expanding requires that we demonstrate proven outcomes to increase impact from birth to Grade 3 and contribute to comprehensive child development.

2.1

Explore post-secondary and workforce collaborations to expand current 2-Gen programs.

2.2

Explore the Gomez Partnership and collaborative potential including outside support.

2.3

Conduct a human capacity analysis to inform staffing levels for possible expansion. Weigh the benefits of employees vs. contracted positions.

2.4

Expand the Learning Community South family learning program.

2.5

Expand Early Childhood Partnership for six school full implementation as planned.

2.6

Begin investigating a third community center and its potential to serve children and families from Achievement Subcouncils three, four and six.

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COLLABORATION &
ENHANCED
COMMUNICATIONS

We want to enhance communications and collaboration to effectively advocate for the Learning Community mission. With increasing community awareness, we’ll build support for the Learning Community and early childhood education. By building upon demonstrated success, our goal is to increase national recognition.

3.1

Define and share the Learning Community’s purpose with key audiences to measurably increase awareness and community appreciation.

3.2

Develop strategy for legislative advocacy and define new opportunities for effective outreach in support early childhood education, the needs of children and families and the role of the Learning Community itself.

3.3

Develop plan to engage with high level entities and advocate for children, families and public-private education.

3.4

Develop a plan for higher level leadership and policy relationships so that the Learning Community is in position to earn its “place at the table”.

3.5

Expand upon updated Learning Community identity to build a Co-Branding Strategy for successful partner relationships and more effective collaboration.

3.6

Begin to integrate newly defined message and elevator speech into expanded strategies for positive community engagement. Build awareness of the Learning Community’s value to support funding and expansion goals.

Annual Review

The education and community landscape is always changing. An annual review in April continues our strategic planning process in a systematic way. This check-point for the staff and Coordinating Council ensures that the 2017-2021 Learning Community Strategic Plan remains relevant and aligned to our mission.

1. Are the components of each strategic priority still appropriate.
2. Does progress meet expectations? If not, what are the obstacles?