SWOT Analysis

Strengths Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis

SWOT Analysis is a method used to assist with planning goals and setting priorities. The team met to identify potential the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the CSPD Project.

Completed 4/23/14 Strength Weakness Opportunities Threats

Blended license (0-8; 0-5)

ECHO group (Early Childhood Higher Ed. Opportunities)


Multiple universities-programs across the state

On-line programs

Professional development- innovation for faculty professionals

Pathways-Family & consumer science (high school)

Some disciplines do not have programs in KS- vision/OM, deaf & hard of hearing

Diversity of field-expertise in discipline and early childhood

Silos that don’t talk to each other

Hard to get into the system to navigate an entry point

No pre-service requirement for child care providers

Same issue for many home visitors

Continued work on articulation between ECHO/EQUIP

Specialized opportunities in early childhood for administrators, school psychologist, PTs, OTs

Summer institute for pre-service collaborative teams

Mid-west faculty institute-collaborative across disciplines

Promote preserivce for EC field

Allied health/medical orientation of certain disciplines

We are preparing generalist-specialization has to come later

Inequities across state in terms of quality


Unified license

Birth to death licenses does include infants/toddlers

Highly qualified licenses (DPT, OTD, ECU)

Linked or aligned to national organization standards

Birth to death-not early childhood specific

Harder to specialized in-depth content

Fully understanding intent of law

How to work with families effectively

No shared philosophical perspective

CDA-multiple avenues to get credential so not consistent training (in reality)

Credential/competences across disciplines 0-5 (e.g. mission & key principles)

Connecting with K-12 initiatives so we can figure out how it fits together

Lack of money/resources


KITS, KCCTO, KSCCA, HST & TA KCSL, PAT, KSHSA, specialized trainers, EC conferences, service centers

Availability of training (face to face; online; affordable)

Best on evidence based practice

State agencies have invested in training

Some sharing of training available

Sometimes linked to TA

Lack of coordination


Linking to TA for all TA providers

Silo training

Specific requirements link to CC license requirements

Training may be required but not appropriate (schools)

Training may be available but not accessed by broad audience

Trainer requirements

Lack of consistent regular communication

Silo-ed across disciplines

Linking of training across EC/ECSE

Build EC leadership capacity at local levels (e.g., why staff need specific skills)

Build system that is unified to appeal across sectors

Identify some common themes/metrics for credential or license requirements and for maintaining credential/license

Time, money, competing requirements for staff

Training programs/providers are grant supported

Sustaining training after the grant expires-

Administrators (schools) don’t understand EC (How is it like; how is it different)


Go beyond training to support skill implementation

Available with some training programs

Information on implementation science & adult learning

KITS, Head Start, CCA

Designed to support across multiple levels (e.g., teacher IHE level cross discipline State agency program

Small % of people/programs get TA

Often viewed as a program being in trouble

Not sufficient funds to support

Administrators don’t have vision of what TA is- just want training

Not all training programs are supported to provide TA

Some providers/schools don’t view that they need to change

Small # of TA providers

Lack of understanding that our work is their work

Primarily supported by silo-ed funds

Helping people view TA as a good thing

Help people see as a solution

Define TA provider qualifications

How can people plan with vision and systematic change?

Systemic change takes years

Grant supported -- can go away


Need Assessment TA: How do we pair needs with resources PERSONNEL STANDARD: Directors credential-EC ANEYC? Approved courses? Where?

INSERVICE: What data do we have across programs to support inservice to be effective? KITS has it? Who else? Are they coordinated? Are they same people?

PERSONNEL STANDARD: Are we making data based-based decisions about personnel? How well prepared people think they are across disciplines? Where is the personnel data? Is licensure linked to all CSPD components?