Nonprofit Childhood Education in Rochester, NY │ROC the Future Alliance

Who We Are

Making a Difference in Rochester, NY

ROC the Future Alliance is a community-wide coalition working together to ensure academic success for every child. 

Our collective impact initiative brings together a coalition of partners and parents working towards a shared vision of academic and social-emotional success for every child. We recognize that no one individual or business can accomplish significant change alone–which is why our funders, providers, staff members and parent/family partners work toward a common goal.

We want every child and young person in our region to thrive in their education, communities, and life, but we recognize that education is not equitable. That is why we center racial equity to dismantle inequities that impede children’s success. ROC the Future Alliance is a member of the StriveTogether cradle to career network, a national movement building a world where a child’s potential is not dictated by race, ethnicity, zip code, or circumstance.

Our Approach

We use a collective impact framework that involves centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process to form a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities across organizations.

Overarching Goals

Every Child Is School Ready

Every Child Is Supported
Every Child Is Successful
Every Child Is College & Career Ready

What We Do

Data-Driven
Measurement of Success

Since 2012, we have held ourselves publicly accountable to the greater community by measuring and reporting key indicators through the annual release of the State of Our Children Report Card.

Our data-informed approach includes utilizing research and information from our local community to better understand and identify the root causes of challenges. This provides insight into our efforts and informs our decisions on how best to proceed. We engage ​our partners and community stakeholders to co-develop evidence-based strategies and practices to improve outcomes. We share data, such as test scores and graduation rates ​with the community to indicate our progress.

2022 Data Dashboard

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of four-year-old children in RCSD — kindergarten-ready

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of four-year-old children in RCSD — kindergarten-ready

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of four-year-old children in Summer Leap — kindergarten ready

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of three-year-old-children in RCSD — received comprehensive developmental screening

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of three-year-old-children in RCSD — received comprehensive developmental screening

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of third graders in RCSD are proficient on NYS ELA test

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graduates earning a Regents or Advanced Regents degree

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of all high school seniors in Rochester will graduate with their ninth-grade cohort

Get Involved!

StriveTogether
Theory of Action

The StriveTogether Theory of Action™ supports communities in building the civic infrastructure necessary to transform the systems that shape opportunity. The theory of action provides progressive milestones rather than a prescription for change, which allows local context to guide the framework. The milestones inform the necessary collaboration of cross-sector leaders from systems like education, housing, health care, and more to get better results for youth and families.

To measure progress, the StriveTogether Theory of Action™ has five progressive gateways — sets of milestones that a community moves through during its effort to build and strengthen civic infrastructure. Rochester is currently in the Sustaining gateway. Read more here to learn about this gateway.

ROC the Future Alliance in Action

Join our partnership to create improved opportunities for Rochester’s students. Contact us today.