After School Elevated | Why You Need A Mission Statement

– April 18, 2018

Child Care, Program Management, before and after school program, After School Elevated

In February 2018, Eleyo published the magazine After School Elevated. Below is exert from the article "Why You Need A Mission Statement" with steps to create a mission statement and identify your program's core values. To read the whole article, click here.

Mission statement.pngA mission statement and a set of core values create a strong foundation where your program can thrive. When they are created thoughtfully and intentionally, your mission and values can serve as a template when you make decisions. Use them as a litmus test for everything:

  • “Does this applicant exude our values?”
  • “Do the proposed program changes support our mission?”
  • “Will this decision bring us closer to our vision?”

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Why Does Your Program Exist?

A strong mission statement will help you stay focused, grow your program, and lead your staff. When it’s well-written and succinct, a mission statement also helps you communicate the value of your program to parents and stakeholders.

How to Write Your Mission Statement

When you are writing your mission statement, put together a committee of parents, staff and stakeholders. Your mission statement should answer three questions: what, how, and why.

  • What does your program do?
  • How does your program operate?
  • Why does your program operate?


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