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Special Appreciation to Our Part-time Staff Members 


Over the past year Cradle to Career (C2C) has had the opportunity and privilege to employ exceptional part-time team members. Our part-time team members include four data interns, a student specialist, and a parent specialist. Even though, each of these individuals works part-time their contribution and impact on the organization is huge. Let me introduce you to them:   Ayooluwa, our evaluation intern, focuses on helping us understand the effect of our work and makes suggestions on how to improve and increase our impact. She is a senior at John Marshall, so her perspective from the student and school environment is invaluable.  Deneene, our parent engagement specialist, brings parents voices to network meetings by collecting and summarizing feedback on our work with [...]

Special Appreciation to Our Part-time Staff Members 2021-09-27T15:27:54+00:00

Adding Community-Based Partners to Our Data System


Cradle 2 Career (C2C) is involved in the implementation of Reaching Shared Technology and Outcomes for Rochester Youth (R-STORY) within the Rochester Public Schools (RPS) systems. This particular technology is new to our community and to our team (C2C, RPS, and community partners including our legal, technology, and finance departments). The team is eagerly learning about the possibilities and value of data collaboration. In our case, data collaboration uses student-related data (combined from various sources) to provide a more accurate and intuitive understanding of students in order to better support them and their development.   About R-STORY  R-STORY is an integrated database system that combines data from multiple sources to gain a better and broader picture of how well our community and its agencies are serving our youth. The possible data sources include school data (for example, report cards, disciplinary records, and behavioral assessments) and data from our community-based partner organizations.  Currently, R-STORY has been piloted at all four of our community schools and nine 21st Century Community Learning [...]

Adding Community-Based Partners to Our Data System2021-09-07T14:38:18+00:00

How is the local educational system supporting college-bound kids?


All high school graduates are not equally prepared for postsecondary education. This finding is especially true for graduates from historically marginalized communities. To prepare these graduates for success in a two- and four-year college environment, postsecondary institutions provide noncredit developmental education courses. These courses are designed to improve the reading, writing, and math skills of first-year college students unprepared for college-level courses. Consequently, high school graduates that might otherwise be unable to attain a higher education can take developmental education courses to better prepare them for college-level course work.  Who needs developmental education courses?  And why?  In general, high school graduates [...]

How is the local educational system supporting college-bound kids?2021-06-24T20:11:40+00:00

Patient Advocacy Foundations


There are two patient advocacy foundations that you should know about:   The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) team works at the local, regional, and national level advocating for better access to affordable, quality health care for people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.   The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) team provides patient services with the goal of removing obstacles to accessing quality healthcare. They provide various services and programs to help patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.   While PAF focuses on the patients and caregivers, NPAF collects the PAF experiences to help drive change within the overall healthcare system.     Valuable information on their websites  The PAF website provides information about the support they provide, how to contact them, and who qualifies for [...]

Patient Advocacy Foundations2021-05-28T16:37:14+00:00

Data Code of Ethics


My name is Sahejpreet Gill and I am an intern at Cradle 2 Career. This Spring, we started working on the Data Code of Ethics report. This report would contain community input on how data should be presented at Cradle 2 Career. The process started off with a survey that was sent through personal networks of the members of the project, who were students at the University of Minnesota Rochester. The survey contained around 6 topics regarding data presentation, such as labeling, that participants were told to rank in order of importance. From this survey, we also developed questions surrounding the topics to use [...]

Data Code of Ethics2021-05-14T00:50:38+00:00

Financial Stress a Priority in Olmsted County


The Olmsted County Community Health Improvement Plan for 2021-2023 has identified their top three community health priorities: mental health, financial stress, and substance use.   Financial stress occurs when the household income is less than expenses, creating an inability to meet basic financial commitments and needs. Basic financial commitments and needs include; rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, medical care and (hopefully) insurance, transportation, food, child care, and things critical to supporting the home environment. In additions, financial stress is considered a contributor to mental health issues. This plan also states that 33% of Olmsted County adults report being financially stressed. The biggest financial stressors are credit cards, medical bills, and housing costs (including rent, mortgage, and utilities).    Let’s look at the numbers and resources  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2021 poverty guideline for a family of four is an income of $26,500 (for each [...]

Financial Stress a Priority in Olmsted County2021-05-28T16:44:47+00:00

Study Shines Light on Head Start Value


An interesting study took place starting in 2011 through 2021 with the goal of learning about the early public school experiences of children who had participated in Head Start. Nineteen to twenty-two (depending on the year) Minnesota Head Start programs across the state participated and collected data on their four year old children over this time period. The approach was to match the Head Start children’s data with their K-5 grade-level student data. The K-5 data was from the Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS). MARSS (an individual student record system) is the Minnesota Department of Education's primary reporting system for student data. Please, note tribal and migrant programs chose to not participate in this study.  Study results  The study results were characterized as follows:  Outcomes related to the years a child participated in Head Start Outcomes related to a child’s attendance [...]

Study Shines Light on Head Start Value2021-04-15T12:45:30+00:00

Additional Causes of Learning Loss in the 2020-2021 School Year


To learn more about findings covered in this post read the report issued by Education Minnesota's Educator Policy Innovation Center (EPIC). Their advocacy work centers on equitable school funding, full-service community schools, universal pre-k, teacher recruitment and retention, student discipline, teacher training, and early childhood education. The epic report Disrupted Learning, COVID-19, and Public Education in Minnesota is available at web address: EPIC-Disrupted-Learning-Report.pdf (educationminnesota.org)    COVID-19 is not the only traumatic event causing learning loss in the 2020-2021 school year. There are additional stressors hindering many student’s education. The stressors include repeated exposure to the murder of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) at the hands of police, the current political turmoil, job loss, and the impact of natural disasters on our nation.  Observed effects of COVID-19 and these collective traumas   COVID-19 and these traumas have [...]

Additional Causes of Learning Loss in the 2020-2021 School Year2021-05-28T16:56:36+00:00

Employment Numbers Improving for Some


According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5% in January, down from 4.7% in December. The number of unemployed fell by 7,652 and the number of employed fell by 14,851 which means on the whole, Minnesota’s labor force shrank by 22,503 on a seasonally adjusted basis.  There are two important things to consider:   When the number of employed and unemployed are both falling at the same time, it can be due to an increase in the number of discouraged workers. That means there are positions open and hiring, but workers are either not finding those job postings or there is a [...]

Employment Numbers Improving for Some2021-03-31T19:14:56+00:00
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