Each network is a group of organizations who are working towards a shared community result. C2C staff support the networks by providing administrative, communications, facilitation, and data services.

Right now, we have two open networks: one which supports kids getting ready for kindergarten, and the other that supports students in graduating high school. When our initiative is fully up and running, we will have seven networks focused on:

  • Pre-K Developmental Success
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
  • 8th Grade Math Proficiency
  • High School Graduation
  • Post-Secondary Completion
  • Workplace Participation

Each network has a convener – an organization that helps guide conversation, recruit new network members, and model new work. The convener for the high school network is Boys and Girls Club, and the convener for the kindergarten readiness network is Families First of Minnesota.

This structure is based on the national StriveTogether model, implemented in 60+ communities across the United States.

Strive Together

At Cradle 2 Career our strength is in our data-based decision-making. We use Results-Based Accountability (RBA), a data framework, process, and culture that asks three questions:

  • How much did we do?
  • How well did we do it?
  • Is anybody better off?

Each of our community partners uses RBA to align their program data to the shared outcomes, and we measure our success collectively. This approach creates the strongest possible team to do more for Rochester’s youth. Working together and using data to inform our effectiveness, we ultimately remove barriers for youth and create access for each student to achieve success.

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Cradle 2 Career’s objective is to work, in a different way, to dramatically improve educational outcomes resulting in healthy individuals, families and communities who have economic stability with productive careers and contribute positively toward a civic and equitable society.

We cannot expect children to succeed academically if their fundamental needs are not met. Every child deserves to have access to the resources they need for a strong foundation. This foundation includes food security, housing stability, financial stability, resiliency, parent/family/guardian engagement, physical health, mental health, parental health, parental presence, learning supports and career planning.

Foundation building does not happen quickly; it is a long-term method of working that requires system change and careful methodology to accomplish the results desired. This complex transformation can only be accomplished through the collective efforts of a broad spectrum of participants. Cradle 2 Career’s initiative works through a combination of individuals, organizations, grant-makers, representatives from business and government, and most importantly, community voice.

By working together, side-by-side, and engaging the entire community, we are able to inform our networks of the needs and desires of our entire community and invest beyond existing programs, schools and child-based initiatives.

This way of working is called Collective Impact.

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