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$5,000 Awarded to Friendship Children’s Center for the Jacque Cady Award for Early Childhood Advocacy

Jacque cady Award

Jacque Cady was a champion of quality child care and work-family balance as an employee at Bausch & Lomb. She represented the business community in the founding of Rochester’s landmark Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI). After retiring in 1997, Jacque became ECDI’s volunteer chair, donating thousands of hours to a cause she cared deeply about. She fought for universal prekindergarten and helped to enhance county funding for child care. Continue reading

ROC the Future Welcomes Data Consultant Evan Blaine

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Evan Blaine is an applied statistician and Professor of Statistics and Data Sciences in the Department of Mathematical and Computing Sciences at St. John Fisher College. His training (Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo) was in the behavioral sciences and emphasized quantitative methods. He teaches a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Data Science, Exploratory Data Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, and Program Evaluation. Continue reading

FAFSA Fest Kickoff

FASFA Fest kickoff

Each year the Rochester Education Foundation, which leads our College Access CAN, hosts the FAFSA Fest which helps students and families take the first step towards making college an affordable reality. FASFA Fest kicked off with a press conference on October 24th on the Franklin High School campus. FAFSA Fest helps students who plan to attend college complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Volunteers including financial aid counselors from local colleges will be on hand to answer financial aid questions and provide one-on-one help to understand college costs. The event is for high school seniors and their families and for students in college receiving aid who need to file a FAFSA form annually. Continue reading

Register for the 5th Annual State of Our Children Address


Register for the 5th annual State of Our Children Address on Tuesday, October 17th from 7:30am to 9:30am at Hyatt Regency Downtown.

This annual address is an intergovernmental, public/private partnership on the “State of Our Children,” addressing the challenges and opportunities presented in ROC the Future’s report card. The address will share results on key indicators and how the community can take action now to help students achieve academic success, cradle to career. Continue reading

Moving Toward an Outcomes-Based Focus


Three short term task force groups were established to discuss Backbone Staffing, Data Dashboard, and Outcomes Framework. The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate discussion and decision making around greater improvements in outcomes; to be intentional about using data analysis to set targets; and to better identify opportunities to bring successful strategies to scale. Continue reading

ReadyRosie on-air interview with 104 WDKX

ReadyRosie Interview on WDKX 9.18.17

Since ReadyRosie launched in early 2017, close to 900 registrants are receiving videos in English and Spanish that model learning activities with real parents and children in everyday environments. As their children’s first and best teacher, parents set the stage for success in the early years and early grades.  In September, our Communications Specialist Jessica Lewis was a guest on 104 WDXX’s morning show to discuss the importance of early grade reading and parent engagement. Continue reading

Check out the State of Our Children interview on Connections with Evan Dawson

Connections Radio Show - SOOC interview

Jackie Campbell, Ajamu Kitwana and Erika Rosenberg were guests on Connections radio show to discuss the upcoming State of Our Children Address and Report Card Release. This year’s report will highlight what’s working, address areas that remain a challenge and provide ways to take action now and join the movement. No single person, program or provider can solve the challenges our children face achieving their full potential. Our children need all hands on deck.  Take a listen to the podcast as we discuss the new report, our continuous improvement efforts and collective impact.

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RCSD’s Path Forward 

RCSD Student Summit Path Forward

The Rochester City School District is embarking upon a Path Forward Plan to help reimagine how and where Rochester students learn. By reimagining classrooms and community learning spaces, programs and partnerships, the Rochester City School District will create a ten-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan that provides a blueprint for strong schools and a strong Rochester. The Path Forward Plan will roll out in four phases and help answer the following questions: Continue reading

Message from Our New Chair


I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to follow some of our community’s most impactful leaders (Dr. Anne Kress of MCC and Jennifer Leonard of RACF) as Chair of Roc the Future. I come to this role still relatively fresh on the job as Executive Director at ESL Charitable Foundation. ESL Foundation seeks to contribute, in Greater Rochester, to taking a collaborative, strategic, and coordinated approach to working to solve our toughest community challenges. Roc the Future, as a collective impact initiative, is currently one of our community’s best examples of this approach. Continue reading

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