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By Hamid Akbari, Director of SYTCC ECEC Workforce Servant Leader Teachers Academy

To truly succeed as a childcare center and maintain a strong workforce, directors must possess strategic planning and management skills. In this 3-part series summary article, we review the definition and a few essentials of strategic management.

In simple words, strategic management answers three key questions for a childcare center:

  1. What are the center’s internal strengths, weaknesses and external opportunities and threats?
  2. What makes your childcare center unique and distinguishes it from other centers?
  3. How do you keep or further develop your uniqueness and sustain it?

In this article, we will review the answer to part I.

Center’s Internal Situation: Strengths and Weaknesses

To determine a center’s internal situation, directors and their team should identify center’s strengths and weaknesses by a thorough review and analysis of internal resources and capabilities. This includes:

Internal review should yield a clear understanding of the center’s internal strengths and weaknesses. For example, the internal review may show the following:



Center’s External Situation: Opportunities and Threats

Directors and their team should undertake an external analysis in order to determine the opportunities and threats to which the Center is exposed to. This analysis requires a thorough review of the external factors, including:

External review should yield a clear identification of a Center’s external opportunities and threats. For example, external review may identify the following:



In part II of Strategic Management 101, we will show how the combined results of internal and external analyses of the center will show whether and in what ways is your center unique and is equipped to tap into the external opportunities while wither the threats.

We can help you to conduct a strategic plan session. Please contact the director at hamid@sayyestochildcare.org for details.