StrivePartnership Receives Grant to Support Partners’ Efforts to Reduce Educational Disparities

Portion of Nearly $20 Million National Grant Program to be Invested in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky

StrivePartnership, a cross-sector education collaborative in Cincinnati that supports education institutions, non-profits and communities, has received an investment of $500,000 per year for three years from national nonprofit StriveTogether to improve educational outcomes for children in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and throughout Ohio. The funding is a part of StriveTogether’s new national grant program, the Cradle to Career Community Challenge, which is focused on transforming the systems that impact opportunity for children in America.

StrivePartnership received two separate grants from the Cradle Career Community Challenge. One grant will expand StrivePartnership’s efforts to support local partners through technical assistance in data analytics, continuous improvement, and equitable community engagement strategies that align existing systems. An additional grant will fund a statewide effort, led in partnership with Learn to Earn Dayton and Summit Education Initiative (Akron), to advance the Ohio Attainment Goal of 65 percent of residents with a degree, certificate or postsecondary workforce credential by mobilizing cradle-to-career education organizations across the state through better communications and strategies.

“These awards affirm the hard work that institutional, civic and community leaders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are doing collectively to ensure children and learners are succeeding from cradle to career,” said Byron White, executive director of StrivePartnerhip. “We are committed to using these funds to drive even greater improvement through our region’s urban education ecosystem, which includes not only systems and institutions but parents, teachers, caregivers, and grassroots leaders. Our commitment is to work with all these partners to keep every child front and center, top of mind, and depth of heart.”

In addition to Cincinnati, StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Challenge will provide funding to 12 other communities over the next three years to move public education policy and boost the effectiveness of numerous on the ground local partners, all aimed at educational equity and upward mobility for students.

“Using the common language of data, we can create better, more equitable systems to improve outcomes for major milestones in every child’s life” StriveTogether President and CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “Our Cradle to Career Community Challenge will enhance and expand the real, lasting results underway across our 70 communities.”

StrivePartnership is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and has received StriveTogether’s highest designation for achieving better results for children and youth using a data-driven approach. Communities in the Cradle to Career Network commit to improving results for major milestones in a child’s life. Progress is measured along a cradle-to-career continuum, from kindergarten readiness through postsecondary completion and employment.

About StrivePartnership

StrivePartnership is a collective impact organization that energizes the urban education ecosystem of leaders and organizations in education, business, philanthropy, nonprofit, civic and grassroots communities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to ensure that it nurtures the success of every child and learner from cradle to career. Through data analysis, ecosystem assessment, and an eye on national best practices, we advise strategic investments in educational improvement and drive the work of partners through technical support in data analytics, capability building, and community strategies.

About StriveTogether

StriveTogether leads a national movement of 70 communities to get better results in every child’s life. We coach and connect partners across the country to close gaps by using local data, especially for children of color and low-income children. Communities using our proven approach have seen measurable gains in kindergarten readiness, academic achievement and postsecondary success. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 10.4 million students, involves 10,800 organizations and has partners in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

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