In order to ensure the success of every child, we must continue to accomplish big things for our region - together.

In order to ensure the success of every child, we must continue to accomplish big things for our region - together. The top existing and emerging efforts that StrivePartnership will be focused on this year are:

Intergenerational Success Project

In support of Greater Cincinnati's post-secondary attainment and child poverty improvement goals, StrivePartnership is leading a new collaborative focused on helping more than 1,400 local single mothers achieve economic and education success for their families. With national funding from Lumina Foundation in partnerships with Kresge Foundation, the Intergenerational Success Project is aimed at strengthening the capability of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region to recruit more women into the education and workforce pipeline, provide stronger family supports, and build connections to self-sufficient career pathways.

The Intergenerational Success Project will build upon and align existing post-secondary attainment programs serving local women and their children. Core partner organizations include:

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Third Grade Reading Network

A collaboration is emerging between Cincinnati Public School District, early childhood service providers, backbone organizations like Success By 6 and StrivePartnership, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center aimed at ensuring that over 90 percent of third graders in Cincinnati Public Schools are reading proficiently or above by 2020. With a shared understanding that building continuous improvement capability is critical to this goal, the collaborative will be focussed not only on high potentia and highly reliable interventions, but also on the development of the human resources needed to execute, test, measure, and sustain results. Funding to scale and spread high-reliability interventions could be directed through the network from the Every Child Capital Fund.

For more information, please contact: Angie Okuda at

Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

The interdisciplinary focus areas of STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, describe skills and knowledge essential for student success. They are hands-on and deeply rooted in the real world. STEM feeds student curiosity and is how they learn best.

STEM Careers - Where the Opportunity is in Greater Cincinnati!

    • 80% of area jobs in next decade will require math and science skills
    • STEM jobs growing 2x faster than non-STEM
    • STEM jobs pay on average 70% more

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The Persistence Project

The Persistence Project is a collaborative driven by leadership and key stakeholders from Covington Independent Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati State and Gateway, as well as Partners for a Competitive Workforce and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative. The collaborative is focused on increasing postsecondary attainment in our region by focusing on a few key drivers including: increasing math competency and improving intake and advising practices.

Leveraging the grant from Lumina Foundation, all four postsecondary partners have identified resources needed to complete the analytics that will help each to identify what interventions and combination of variables have the highest correlation with success. The postsecondary data collaborative worked together to identify interventions taking place at each of their respective institutions, as well as finalize a complete list of variables and scope of work for the analysis.

The result of this collaborative project will be a predictive model tailored for each institution that the Persistence Project leadership team believes will guide decision making individually and collectively as a community. The resources are expected to be in place to start data mining by June.

For more information, please contact: Marina Hopkins at

Every Child Capital Venture Fund

Every Child Capital is a national model for philanthropic grant-making that borrows from approaches used in venture capital investing. Every Child Capital is destinguished from anything ever tried before in philanthropy by three major principles:

  1. Grant Sourcing
  2. Deep Due Diligence + Innovation
  3. Public Partners are Identified Up Front

For inquiries about Every Child Capital, please contact Leslie Maloney at leslie.maloney@haileusb.orgFor inquiries about Imagination Library, please contact Tiana Henry at

BackgroundImpactU: Improvement Science Leadership

Academic outcomes for students in the U.S. have been at a standstill for decades, and all reform efforts to date have failed to produce systemic change. In Cincinnati, health and education outcomes for children and students have improved. But, there is still a long way to go to ensure that every child thrives.

StrivePartnership, a consortium of cross-sector leaders - representing organizations along a cradle to career learning continuum - have developed and improved a set of shared academic milestones through collaboration, resource alignment and the use of data to drive student-centered practice. 91% of the indicators related to the Partnership's shared outcome are trending in the right direction.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in improving child health and wellbeing through the application of Quality Improvement (QI). The institution leads and supports 7 national improvement networks that involve 180 organizations and 390 sites of care in the United States and United Kingdom. In the past 5 years, Cincinnati Children's has also developed and led significant community partnerships and local collaborations to improve the health of children in Cincinnati.

Building on over two decades of collective experience driving collaborative improvement efforts, Cincinnati Children's and StrivePartnership have created a best-in-class training to build the capability of systems leaders to accelerate improvement toward a shared goal that all children in Cincinnati thrive.

ImpactU: Improvement Science Leadership

ImpactU leverages curriculum Cincinnati CHildren's has used for nearly 10 years to develop over 520 QI leaders. The curriculum was then custom-tailored to support the change efforts of school, non-profit, and agency partners by adding focus areas that StrivePartnership and other communities throughout the StriveTogether Network have found necessary to drive change in the social sector such as Results Based Leadership, and a relentless focus on equity with practices aimed at reducing disparities.

The program is based on Cincinnati CHildren's Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2). To date, the I2S2 course has developed over 520 QI leaders, with 88% of I2S2 projects driving real-time results by the end of the course. Personal coaching between class sessions helps maximize learning and translate classroom teaching into action.

The Starting Block

As Uma Kotagal, Senior Vice President at Cincinnati Children's explains, "In healthcare, we focused on eliminating serious safety incidents in which a child is irreparably harmed. In education, the serious safety incident is a child not reading on grade level by third grade. That's the event that changes the trajectory of their entire lives." As such, an Early Literacy Network has been formed in Cincinnati. Testing and learning through this initial network will be supported by the leaders trained in ImpactU.

Cohort 1 kicked off November 9, 2015, and was comprised of 15 high-level leaders from Cincinnati Public Schools, Head Start, Urban League, LISC, Cincinnati Children's, as well as many other leading agency partners working on early literacy and community health.

Over the course of 6 months, the students attended 9 full day learning sessions. In between each session, the students worked on their projects and received targeted coaching from Cincinnati CHildren's QI consultants. At the end of the course, there was an evaluation of the program based on participant experience, percentage of projects sustaining 6 months after the course ended, as well as the percentage of participants who successfully completed or sponsored another project. Cohort 4 begins November 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact Angie Okuda at okudaa@strivepartnership.orgView our Continuous Improvement Equity Principle Documents.