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Local Committee Supports Students With 'Cradle to Career' Initiative

February 22, 2018 08:38 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- A committee in Rochester is trying to help students reach their full potential while addressing the worker shortage issue.

The initiative began back in April when RCTC hosted its first "Cradle to Career" Community Summit. Shortly after, the committee was formed; comprised of 13 members. “From the County to the City, United Way, businesses, philanthropy, we have a parent on our committee,” said Elaine Case, a Co-Organizer of the event. “So it’s really a cross-section of the community.”

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Monday, the team shared its 7 goals with the community, and some of which include making sure children are developmentally healthy by the age of three are proficient at reading by 3rd grade and proficient in math by 8th grade.

Over the next few decades, the committee will collect data on way to achieve those things, and implement change through a community approach.

According to the Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, when it comes to the success of students, the schools “cannot provide every resource and support our kids need nowadays”.

“Workforce issues are really critical in our community right now,” said Case. “So we really need every single individual to meets their full potential.”

It was also important for parents to have a spot at the table. “Parents need support just as much as children need support,” said Cathy Nathan with the Rochester PTA.

"Cradle to Career" has been implemented in 70 cities across the nation, including Washington, D.C. “They have increased the graduation rate by 48 % over the last 5 years,” said Case.

Many who attended the event left optimistic. “To get them together to think for us as a community, that's marvelous,” said Bruce Buller.

The committee will be releasing an annual report on their progress. It will be on their soon-to-launch website.


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