Behind the art with Matt Eckerle: Creating artwork for StriveTogether

After moving into their new office last summer, StriveTogether team members have been thinking of ways to add some creative inspiration to their space. The work of local artist and Cincinnati teacher Matt Eckerle captured their imagination right away. Matt was commissioned to create an original piece incorporating our core values: community, courage, progress and…

In Waterbury, Bridge to Success focuses on equity and family engagement

Often, educators and education services leave parents out, expecting families to feed, clothe and shelter students but remain separate from the education process. While directors, educators and administrators are heard, parent voices are often ignored or silenced. Bridge to Success in Waterbury, Connecticut, strives to uphold those voices, believing that family engagement is essential to…

In Multnomah County, leaders, school districts and organizations are improving outcomes and changing systems

All Hands Raised, the cradle-to-career partnership in Multnomah County, Oregon, has made considerable strides in bringing community leaders, school districts and organizations together to improve outcomes for kids. Students’ academic achievement has improved because of changes in policies and organizational structures to ensure equitable opportunities. Based on evidence from data, a self-assessment and interviews, All…

Across Racine County, outcomes are improving and systems are changing

As the third StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network community designated as “proof point,” Higher Expectation for Racine County’s work is changing systems and improving education outcomes for children. The local partnership and its partners are seeing improvements across five of the seven outcomes being tracked in service of Higher Expectation’s vision — a fully capable…

StriveTogether’s next national Impact and Improvement Network will focus on prenatal to age 3 milestones

The first three years of a child’s life are critically important to his or her future success. In those first few years, the brain grows to 80 percent of its adult size and decades of research have shown that a child’s earliest experiences impact his or her long-term well-being. In fact, early experiences and interactions…

Expand your reach: Mission: Graduate supports adult ‘comebackers’ interested in postsecondary completion

Remember navigating the murky waters of college enrollment as a high school senior but finding clarity with the assistance of a college counselor? You might recall asking your counselor: Where should I attend? What should I study? Will my major translate into meaning employment after I graduate? How will I pay for tuition? Books? Room…

Youth commission’s student member shares importance of youth voice in moving the work forward

Guest post by Esmeralda Castillo, District 3 representative of the San Antonio Youth Commission. On Oct. 3-5, 2017, I had the incredible opportunity to attend StriveTogether’s 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening in Phoenix, Arizona, as the District 3 representative of the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC). Managed by the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar…

Charting a path toward opportunity and results for every child across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network

Six months after becoming an independent nonprofit, StriveTogether has launched a bold and ambitious plan for building stronger systems for better outcomes. Our vision — Every Child, Cradle to Career — has been clear since the beginning, when the local partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky began to take shape in 2006. Since then, change…