A vision statement communicates what an organization believes to be possible in a perfect world. It clarifies the values and aspirations of the organization. It is a statement designed to drive the decisions made by individuals who represent that organization. Here are a few examples of vision statements from notable organizations:
- Feeding America: A hunger-free America.
- Habitat for Humanity – A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
- ASPCA – That the United States is a humane community in which all animals are treated with respect and kindness.
- Special Olympics – To transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby anyone who is perceived as different.
- CCEI – To foster a trusted partnership with the child care industry in our mutual commitment to the ongoing education and professional development of teachers and management staff.
According to the Center for Community Health and Development as the University of Kansas, there are a few characteristics of well-written vision statements:
- Understood and shared by all members of the community
- Broad enough to include a diverse variety of local perspectives
- Inspiring and uplifting to everyone involved in the effort
- Easy to communicate
As a professional in the field of ECE, you should spend time developing your own vision statement. Use this resource to get started here. Once you are clear on your personal vision, you can begin to work with others on developing effective vision statements!
In this month’s newsletter, we will explore ways that early learning programs can develop program vision statements and ideas for incorporating vision building in classrooms, with individual children, and with families.
For the article Setting a Vision for Your Classroom, CLICK HERE
For the article Vision Setting with Children, CLICK HERE
For the article Vision Setting with Families, CLICK HERE
For the article Program Vision Setting, CLICK HERE