he Cradle to Career (C2C) Partnership is a diverse network in Pima County that includes K-12 schools and districts, nonprofits, businesses, and civic, faith and philanthropic organizations that are committed to improving educational outcomes for children. By preparing every child for success in school and life, they aim to ensure the economic vitality of the community.
This is no small feat since there are more than 340,000 youth working their way through the education pipeline in Pima County. An estimated 30 percent of these youth are living in poverty. To achieve success for all youth, C2C analyzes data to inform action, communicates best practices, facilitates community ownership of shared results and grows capacities of education systems and stakeholders.
With a focus on three key areas – kindergarten readiness, high school graduation and the re-engagement of opportunity youth – the partners have worked since 2015 to identify effective practices, spread what works and take it to scale, all supported by data.
After the statewide Progress Meter goals were announced earlier this year, C2C staff used a similar format for showcasing local county data and goals by creating a results meter. The C2C leadership was then motivated to set their own local goal for high school graduation at 90 percent to align with statewide efforts. Additionally, C2C has recently partnered with Sunnyside Unified School District to support its high school counselors in using data to adapt practices that results in higher FAFSA completion, the biggest driver for post high school enrollment. The organization regularly pulls data for FAFSA submissions and completions and shares it with the district in easy-to-understand data visualizations that support the counselors in identifying ways to increase both, and ultimately impact post high school enrollment for Tucson. Learn more about the work being done in Pima County.