More than 60 communities nationwide are using a collective impact approach to change local education systems and improve results for kids. These cradle to career partnerships have big goals, and quality collective impact work is not easy.
To help communities overcome barriers and speed impact, KnowledgeWorks and other education funders have joined forces to support the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund.
This multi-year, $15 million investment is designed to help communities reach their education improvement goals faster, while building a sustainable civic infrastructure for the future. The Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund also supports the development of new tools, resources and training to drive sustainable education improvement across the country.
After a competitive application process among the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund work will begin with the following collective impact partnerships:
- All Hands Raised (Portland, Oregon)
- Commit! Dallas (Dallas County, Texas)
- Graduate Tacoma (Tacoma, Washington)
- Higher Expectations (Racine, Wisconsin)
- Seeding Success (Memphis, Tennessee)
- StrivePartnership (Cincinnati, Ohio, and Northern Kentucky).
Through the Accelerator Fund, each community will receive additional support through StriveTogether strategic assistance and capacity-building activities, such as advanced training in continuous improvement methods, data use and results-based leadership.
Additional investors include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Target and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a philanthropic account administered by Vanguard Charitable.