Five communities to accelerate education impact through learning network

StriveTogether chooses second set of partnerships for Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund
Date Released: 
Jan 12 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
StriveTogether staff and Cradle to Career Network members gather in Las Vegas for an Expert Convening

Five communities across the country will expedite their progress toward better educational outcomes for all kids by joining a learning network run by national education-focused network StriveTogether.

The communities belong to the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and were selected for the 2016 Accelerator Fund after a competitive application process. These network members, along with the six communities chosen for the first round in 2015, will receive support from a $12 million investment fund.

“Our goal as an organization is to prove that we can achieve consistent and sustained improvements in student outcomes at scale,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “The Accelerator Fund is designed to help communities reach education goals faster while building the strength of partnerships to accelerate their progress over the long term. We believe these five communities will identify and spread practices that achieve results, particularly for the most vulnerable children, and capture lessons that will advance other collective impact partnerships across the country.”

The five new Accelerator Fund partnerships are:

The Accelerator Fund was created to expedite partnership progress in improving common outcomes along StriveTogether’s cradle-to-career continuum, a nationally recognized collective impact approach known as the Theory of Action. As part of the fund, each community will receive StriveTogether strategic assistance and capability-building activities, such as advanced coaching and support in continuous improvement methods, data use and results-based leadership.

Current investors and partners include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ballmer Group, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Metlife Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a philanthropic account administered by Vanguard Charitable.

For more information, contact StriveTogether Communications Strategy Lead Dawn Raftery at 312-771-7724.

About StriveTogether: 

A national, nonprofit network of nearly 70 community partnerships, StriveTogether works to ensure that every child succeeds from cradle to career, regardless of race, income or zip code. Communities using our approach have seen dramatic improvements in kindergarten readiness, academic outcomes and college retention. Since 2006, we have helped communities make smarter choices about education based on what works. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network consists of more than 10,200 organizations, reaches more than 8.3 million students and operates in 32 states and Washington, D.C. Visit

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