CHILDCARE AND EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Building a strong, durable and impactful early education program is a difficult thing to do. BUT YOU’RE NOT IN IT ALONE! Gather your board and some staff, parents and community leaders and fill out this survey. Your spot on our Where You Are Bar will help you decide your next areas of focus. Then tap into our Nonprofit Toolbelt Grants to help you study, compare, consult and even hire a mentor or coach.

To get started, simply select the column that best describes where your organization stands on each topic.

 

HERE'S THE TOPIC:
HERE'S WHERE WE ARE:

A. MISSION

1 Our programs and services address the thought(s) expressed in our mission statement.
2 We develop new programs/services only when needed to accomplish our mission.
3 We modify our programs/services to meet community needs, but only if they further our mission.

B. GOVERNANCE

1 We maintain clear and timely communication between our board and staff leaders.
2 We effectively and consistently train and develop our board.
3 Our board members are aware of their financial and legal responsibilities.

C. VISIBILITY

1 There is consistency between what we say we do and what we do.
2 We maintain positive public relations with the people and community we serve.
3 We use various media to communicate about our work (website, social media, in-person, etc.)

D. COMMUNICATIONS

1 Our board supports our mission, programs and services.
2 Our internal communications are clear and effective.
3 We are open and honest when communicating with funders.

E. PROGRAMMING

1 We offer programs and services based on accurate needs assessments.
2 We measure program outcomes and make changes based on our assessment.
3 We create new programs while maintaining quality services to those we serve.

F. REVENUE GENERATION

1 Our fundraising efforts are well organized, and fundraising targets are met consistently.
2 We maintain sufficient reserve funds to meet expenses in case of emergency.
3 Our financial decisions are made based on current budget and financial reports.

G. FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

1 We regularly prepare and share financial reports with our board, including: annual budget, budget-to-actual comparison, cash flow statement and balance sheets.
2 We pay all our bills in a timely manner.
3 We set, and follow, a policy related to money owed to us.
4 To guide our decision making, we monitor individual programs/classrooms to understand whether they break even, add to our revenue or operate at a loss.

H. STAFFING

1 We have clearly expressed job descriptions for all employees and volunteers.
2 We regularly conduct performance evaluations for all our employees.
3 We measure and take actions for our employees’ satisfaction with their work quality of life, including, but not limited to, compensation and benefits.

I. ONGOING ASSESSMENT

1 Our board and staff regularly review, and revise as necessary, our guiding documents.
2 We ask questions to understand the needs of our internal and external stakeholders.
3 We effectively assess our internal operations.

J. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

1 We actively seek partnerships with schools, service clubs, businesses and others that can help us further our work.
2 We maintain mutually-beneficial relationships with partners to help us accomplish our mission.

Your Results:

NEVER

Your days at work might seem tough – maybe a few that require alternating IV’s of coffee and chocolate.

Your Results:

SOMETIMES

It might feel like you’re taking two steps forward and one step back – is there a GPS for nonprofits?

Your Results:

FREQUENTLY

You’ve got it goin’ on! Time to treat yourself to a bubble bath – after this board meeting, of course.

Your Results:

CONSISTENTLY

In short: YEEEESSSS! If you were abs, you’d be a six-pack.

Your Results:

ALWAYS

WOW – time to take a load off and enjoy your success! Seriously. Go home, sit down, kick up your feet and breathe.

Now, decide which of the areas above you want to improve.

Consider your options for bringing about this positive change within your organization.



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