Our Work

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 The Stamford Cradle to Career partnership has identified six key outcome areas  to convene Community Action Networks (CANs) for intense focus with the goal of improvement. The key outcomes address school performance as wellas health and social emotional factors at each transitional milestone that impact success in school and beyond. To date, we have launched four CANs that address the following milestones:

CANs In Development

Community Task Force

The Community Task Force pursues its work through a series of campaigns, each organized according to a defined theory of change, action teams, stated objectives and accountable timeframes. Campaigns underway include:

  • Food for Thought (F4T): Children cannot develop and learn appropriately without reliable and affordable sources of health nutrition.
  • Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI): The Achievement Gap derives from an "Opportunity Gap" that can be addressed by promoting equity in all forms and reducing biased treatment of students and their families, whether intended or unintended.
  • Reduce Chronic Absenteeism (RCA): Achieving optimal levels of student attendance will lead to better academic performance and reduce destructive behavior. 
  • Embracing Families and Community (EFC):  Strengthening family and community engagement in the educational process will support 'whole child' development aligned with the District Strategic Improvement Plan's goals of Mind, Body and Heart.

Action Plans

In order to effectively measure, identify effective practices, and align resources, we have designed and developed a detailed action plan process. The process and the related template were created in close  partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the  Superintendent’s team, and the process is consistently followed by all CANs. Each CAN is at a different stage of action plan completion, depending on the complexity of  the objectives and the available data.