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.