StriveTogether designed a framework that helps communities build on opportunities existing in their communities and lessons learned nationally. StriveTogether's approach is to act not as consultants, but as partners with communities to expand or build cradle to career education partnerships.
StriveTogether brings to the table experienced, hands-on, solution-oriented staff, armed with our framework, curriculum, tools, and lessons learned along with a healthy dose of commitment to work with communities.
The process for each community begins with an assessment of the community’s assets across the Cradle to Career framework through the Civic Infrastructure Assessment. A customized strategic assistance plan is developed in collaboration with the community and strategic assistance is delivered based upon an individual community’s needs.
Building upon lessons learned accross over 90 Network members, StriveTogether has developed a framework for building what is called the Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure. The Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure is not a program, but a way in which a community comes together around a Cradle to Career vision and organizes itself to identify what gets results for children; improves and builds upon those efforts over time; and invests the community’s resources differently to increase impact.
There are four core pillars to the framework. Each pillar has three specific components that are critical for building the civic infrastructure so it can lead to sustained improvements in student outcomes. To learn about the framework and all of its components, please visit the StriveTogether Framework page.
The reason to establish civic infrastructure using this framework is simple. Most importantly, it will result in student outcomes consistently trending in the right direction over the long-term. Additionally, there are three core outcomes that signal the system is changing: