Exciting news for the Strive Network! Cradle to Career language has been included in draft regulations for District Race to the Top program.
Included in the recently released draft is a competitive preference priority for Cradle-to-Career Results, Resource Alignment and Integrated Services. This is a great moment for the Strive Network, and a testament to the work that is being done in communities across the country to build cradle to career civic infrastructure. The inclusion of this priority validates our collective work, and is evidence of the value the Department places on these types of partnerships in helping to drive innovation and improvement in student achievement.
You can read the language here: http://www.ed.gov/race-top/district-competition/competititive-preference-priority
Since these are draft regulations, we encourage you all to submit comments in support of this language throughout the comment period – which ends today. You can submit public comment here: http://www.ed.gov/comment/reply/12250#comment-form
The final regulations will be released in July.
Be on the lookout for more information about webinars that we are planning to co-host with partners such as the United Way Worldwide and Promise Neighborhoods Institute to think through how communities doing this type of work can ensure programs and resources are aligned in order to participate in this competition.
Finally, we hope you will all take a moment to celebrate this recognition of the hard work you are doing every day!
Jennifer C. Blatz is the Senior Director of the Cradle to Career Network for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, where she oversees the work of creating and facilitating a growing network of cradle to career partnerships throughout the country and abroad. This includes management and oversight of the Network’s convening strategy, impact and evaluation and support and assistance to members.