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High-quality early education and child care for young children improves health outcomes and promotes their development and learning. (American Academy of Pediatrics) How to find quality early education and child care programs? The Cradle to Career Partnership defines quality programs as those that are a Head Start program or have a 3, 4 or 5 star rating from Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, to rate and improve the quality of child care and preschool programs.

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Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools and communities. Quality out-of-school time programs are a powerful tool to help youth develop the skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Search the AZ Afterschool Program Directory to find a program near you. Some students require an alternative education program to complete their diploma or GED. Many of these students, as well as students in traditional high schools, can benefit from a wide variety of support services. Download the guides below organized by Youth on Their Own and the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness to find services and schools.

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Collective Impact

StriveTogether Theory of Action

As a member of the StriveTogether network, Cradle to Career operates within the theory of action designed and supported by StriveTogether. The theory of action has five gateways: exploring, emerging, sustaining, systems change and proof point. Our partnership is in the sustaining gateway, a designation granted by StriveTogether upon completion of a rigorous assessment of necessary community infrastructure to achieve results at scale.

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StriveTogether Framework Overview

Watch this video by Jeff Edmondson, the founder of the Strive Partnership and the national StriveTogether network, to learn more about how this framework is implemented.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): Collective Impact

The SSIR is a magazine and website that publishes articles on “cross-sector solutions to global problems.”

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