Cradle to Career
ROC the Future is part of StriveTogether’s national network designed to improve opportunities for children in communities across the US from infancy through starting a career. StriveTogether has identified the most important outcomes, or significant milestones, for each child’s success. Each outcome is a critical milestone that children need to reach to progress along the cradle to career pathway. These priority areas are:
Collaborative Action Networks
Five Collaborative Action Networks, or CANs, are currently working on collecting data and creating action plans to aid and improve the progress of the Outcome Teams.
This network, led by the Healthy Baby Network, focuses on children from pre-conception to age two. This network of members, including pregnant and parenting moms and dads, meets every other month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Location: Rochester Regional Health — St. Mary’s Campus.
Led by the Rochester City School District, this CAN is focused on improving the attendance of chronically absent kindergarten to third-grade students (those missing >18 days of school per year).
Expanded Learning Opportunities CAN
This network, led by the Greater Rochester After-school Alliance, works to improve youth outcomes in before-school, after-school, summer enrichment, and expanded learning time programs. This network meets the first and third Wednesday of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Rochester Area Community Foundation.
College Access CAN
This network, led by the Rochester Educational Foundation, launched in 2013 and is working to increase the number of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and providing direct assistance to students in filling out the forms at annual FAFSA Fest events. They developed a website to provide information about local colleges and financial aid applications. This network typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Hillside-Mustard Street.
Parent Engagement CAN
This network, led by ROC the Future, Head Start, and University of Rochester’s Department of Pediatrics, launched March 2016, and is working to improve parent engagement at all levels of the cradle to career continuum. As a new direction for PECAN, parents will be on boarded as leaders at the PECAN table to lift the work in improving educational outcomes for children birth to age 8. The National Parent Leadership Institute has partnered with ROC the Future with this effort in supporting parent leadership and partnership in alignment with our goals.