In the August Newsletter, we explore ways that vision building can be incorporated into your work with children and families in early learning environments. Vision building is the first step to defining the core values of your program. Once a vision statement is developed, organizations can develop their Mission Statement. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference between vision and mission statements.
Vision statements are an organization’s dreams or aspirations for the community they serve.
Mission statements communicate broad actions that an organization will take to bring their vision to fruition. Mission statements can include what the organization will do, why they will take these actions, and who will benefit from their actions.
Take a moment to reflect on the vision you have for your program or classroom, whether that be a formal statement or your own personal vision. After reminding yourself of your vision, consider the things you will do each day to make that vision a reality.
Jot down the answers to the following questions:
- What does our program/classroom do really well (in relation to our vision) and how can we build on this success?
- What challenges exist in my learning environment and what are possible solutions to these challenges?
- How do I want to be remembered by children and families?
- What are the specific actions I need to take on a daily basis to ensure my vision is fulfilled?
- Why are these actions important?
- Who will benefit from the actions I plan to take?
- How will these actions impact others in the environment?
- What resources, knowledge, skills, or support do I/we need to move forward?
Once these questions are answered, you will have the essence of your mission statement, insight into what you need to fulfill it, and inspiration to do so.
Here are examples of mission statements to help you turn your vision into reality.