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:
- Early Childhood–All Stamford youth will enter Kindergarten ready to learn
(newly integrated CAN, formerly Infant Health and Development and Kindergarten Readiness)
- Early Grade Reading—All Stamford children will be reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade
- Transition from High School to Postsecondary, College and/or Career—All Stamford young adults will attain postsecondary degrees and/or obtain employment
CANs In Development
- Transition to Middle School—All Stamford children will effectively transition to middle school
- Transition to High School—All Stamford youth will succeed academically and graduate from high school
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.
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.