The following values guide NWEL Coalition as a collaborative that unites and strengthens the five county coalitions in the region:


NWEL Coalition is committed to being actively engaged in systems-level change in alignment with existing and emerging state-level measures. We seek to align our regional efforts across our five counties, without sacrificing recognition and attention to the unique conditions and needs of each.


We approach our work with cultural humility and a commitment to address racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and other inequities that exist in our region. We acknowledge that there are opportunity gaps for many children and families based on race, ethnicity, gender, income, ability, culture, and geography. We commit to eliminating these gaps and addressing the root causes.


We recognize that we are living in times of unprecedented change. We are committed to operating in a way in which we can seek and seize new opportunities and be nimble and responsive in the face of uncertainty. We recognize systems work is complex and requires constant and continuous design.


We believe in focusing on assets, rather than barriers or deficits. We are diligently focused on promoting positive strategies that work for children, families, and communities.


We honor families as their child’s first teachers and strongest advocates. We commit to working beside and with parents, family members, and all other caregivers to help all children achieve their greatest potential.

Community Voice

We believe children, families, and communities are integral in creating policy and making program decisions that impact their lives. We believe local communities are best suited to identify community needs, and we commit to innovative solutions that are co-designed from the beginning.


We commit to making our Coalition impactful and effective. We will define our desired outcomes, document our progress, and measure and report results. Our excellence is achieved through improved data indicators in every county throughout the region. All for one and one for all.