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Our Purpose

The Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) is about setting higher expectations in order to improve educational and life outcomes for the over a quarter-million young people living in Pima County, Arizona. Our mission is to support the preparation of every child in the greater Tucson area for success in school and life, ensuring the economic vitality of our community.

We bring together resources, courageous leadership and innovation from throughout the community to help students improve in key benchmarks along their pathway to adulthood. Through focused, data-driven action, we aggregate, connect and communicate best practices in education for the school systems and students of Pima County.

The Cradle to Career Partnership tracks key outcomes that indicate success, aligns resources to support best practices that work for students, teachers and schools, and stays focused on our objective of continuously improving outcomes for our area’s students.

The Partnership is founded on the premise that education is a lifelong experience beginning at birth, continuing through educational success, and resulting in the attainment of a meaningful career. We believe every child has the right to work and experience success across that continuum. A cradle-to-career commitment requires intentional efforts to eliminate disparities that might inhibit a student from achieving his or her potential.

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The Work We're Doing

C2C is developing the infrastructure for Pima County to improve education and workforce readiness outcomes. We are assembling new systems necessary for collecting, analyzing and sharing data that will inform new strategies and lead to productive engagements before, during and after school.

A laser-like focus on available data will help all stakeholders in Pima County education better understand what is working for our students and more nimbly define actions that can better support their success. We are focused on using data not just to measure progress, but to focus on systems of continuous improvement and the identification of strategies to build capacity that drives superior outcomes.

The Partnership is working to establish data-driven collaborative action networks for initiating and sustaining strategies to improve seven identified outcomes:

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Early Grade Literacy
  • Middle School Math
  • High School Graduation
  • Re-Engagement of Opportunity Youth
  • Post-Secondary Education Success and
  • Career Attainment

By building upon our community’s numerous existing assets, we can focus on ways to more quickly and better mobilize to improve educational outcomes.

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Goals and Approach

C2C’s goals are long term and aligned with some of the most pressing needs of Pima County. These goals are to ensure over time that:

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A Rigorous Approach

For years, education advocacy groups have been working hard to improve student learning and performance while community providers have been offering non-academic supports. Real progress has been made, though much of the work has been isolated with disconnected objectives, measurement and action and little ability to visualize, share and scale results.

By aligning goals, resources, work plans and measurements, we are creating a coordinated and concentrated impact that would not be possible for individual organizations to accomplish on their own.

To establish a foundation upon which we can build, C2C identified and selected outcomes that measure important student academic achievement milestones. An understanding of these data gives our community the opportunity to measure gains and address shortfalls throughout our region.

A National Movement with Proven Results

C2C is part of StriveTogether’s national Cradle to Career Network. It has met a rigorous set of benchmarks to earn its membership as an emerging partnership in this national network. The StriveTogether framework provides C2C with strategic assistance that helps build on opportunities, solve issues, and overcome challenges.

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Baseline Report

The educational landscape of Pima County has many dimensions. C2C’s Baseline Report provides the most recent data on core indicators that can be measured in order to confirm that we are moving forward. Understanding where we stand by the numbers provides everyone in our community with essential information for planning their roles in steadily improving outcomes. Click the image at right to download the report and learn more!

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Our Partners

We bring together leaders from across the community to identify collaborative solutions to improve outcomes for all children, youth and young adults. The Cradle to Career Partnership is backed by leading private and public organizations sharing common goals and requirements for an educated workforce and a healthy economic future for Pima County.


Leadership Council

Vicki Balentine, Co-Chair

Education Consultant

 

Jon Kasle, Co-Chair

VP, Communcations and External Affairs

Raytheon

 

Linda Arzoumanian

Superintendent

Pima County Schools Superintendent's Office

 

David Baker

Superintendent

Flowing Well Unified School District

 

Jessica Brisson

Senior Director, SE Regional Area

First Things First

 

Collette Brown

Community Development Manager

Freeport McMoRan

 

Melinda Cervantes

Director

Pima County Public Library

 

Andrew Comrie

Provost

University of Arizona

 

Debbi Embry

President & CEO

Tucson Urban League

 

Francisco Garcia

Director of Public Health

Pima County Health Department

 

Bernadette Gruber

Education Domain Director

4Tucson

 

Steve Holmes

Superintendent

Sunnyside Unified School District

 

Charlene Mendoza

Founder & Principal

Arizona College Prep Academy

 

Barry Julian

University Development Tucson Representative

Grand Canyon State University

 

Sheri Dahl

Superintendent

Diocese of Tucson Catholic Schools

 

Lee Lambert

Chancellor

Pima Community College

 

Jennifer Lohse

Program Director

Tucson Foundations

 

Erin Lyons

CEO

Child Parent Centers, Inc.

 

Clinton Mabie

President & CEO

Community Foundation of Southern Arizona

 

Lea Marquez-Peterson

President & CEO

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

Doug Martin

President & General Manager

Good News Radio Broadcasting

 

Ronald Marx

Dean of College of Education

University of Arizona

 

Stu Mellan

President & CEO

Jewish Federation

 

Patrick Nelson

Superintendent

Amphitheater School District

 

Tony Penn

President & CEO

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

 

Tracy Salkowitz

CEO

Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona

 

Kathleen Quigley

Presiding Judge

Pima County Juvenile Courts Center

 

Jonathan Rothschild

Mayor

City of Tucson

 

HT Sanchez

Superintedent

Tucson Unified School District

 

Eric Schindler

President & CEO

Child & Family Resources

 

Joseph Snell

President & CEO

Sun Corridor Inc.

 

Betty Stauffer

Executive Director

Literacy Connects

 

Alan Storm

Superintendent

Pima County JTED

 

Manuel Valenzuela

Superintendent

Sahuarita Unified School District

 

Michael Varney

President & CEO

Tucson Metro Chamber

 

Mark Vitale

Campus Director

University of Phoenix

 

Jenny Volpe

Executive Director

Make Way for Books

 

Nikki Halle

Trustee

Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation

 

Doug Wilson

Superintendent

Marana Unified School District

 

Backbone Organization

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

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News and Views

Links to news articles and op-eds from various news outlets, white papers, etc. relating to C2C or Strive Together

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Contact Us

Amanda Kucich

Senior Director, Cradle to Career Partnership

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