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ClackCoKids Looks Ahead with New Strategic Plan for 2024-2029

By Natalie Hornstein, Community Engagement Manager |

ClackCoKids is in the process of developing a new strategic plan that will inform our program planning for the next 5 years. We have invited community partners, and ClackCoKids staff from all levels and components to join us in this endeavor to help gain a broad view of the needs of our agency as well as community as a whole, so that we can plan our programs to meet those needs. Some of the community partners include professionals from Clackamas County public health programs, Clackamas Education Service District, and Oregon Department of Human Services.

We asked the dynamic group we brought together for our sessions at the McMenamins Old Church in Wilsonville to identify their strengths, and what they bring to the table for this process. As a group, they identified as bringing experience, initiative, compassion, knowledge, empathy, big-picture thinking and commitment. We also engaged in activities around our agency mission and vision, always keeping those as a central focus when discussing ideas for the direction we want to head in the next five years of service.

We began to draft the plan by focusing on our recently completed Community Assessment to gain an understanding of what children and families need, how families are accessing resources in the community, and demographics of families in our community. We partnered with Portland State University, Clackamas Education Service District, Oregon Child Development Coalition to produce this report. The report in full can be found on our website here: https://clackcokids.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Community-Assessment-2023-ClackCoKids-Branding.pdf

Themes that are coming up that we are goal planning for include how we can better serve families experiencing houselessness, and resource (foster) families; helping to provide childcare in the identified ‘child care desert’ of Clackamas County; recruiting, training, and retaining a high-quality workforce; and being a leader in community development that will benefit the services and programs for children and families.

As we celebrate 50 years of service in the community this year, we are proud of the services we have provided to families for the last half a century. We are excited to celebrate the past while creating a new plan for the future of our programs and services. Our new 5-year strategic plan will be published on our website after it is finalized later this month.