STAMFORD, Conn. -- The city's youngsters have more than 60 agencies backing them thanks to a partnership with a focus on helping all Stamford students achieve equity and excellence.
While there are many successes within the public schools, with graduates off to some of the finest colleges each year, not all kids have the same advantages.
Some students are new to the country, and may have experienced early childhood trauma in their young lives.
Others may struggle with housing or food insecurity.
Stamford residents who earn less than the "basic cost of living" represent 35 percent, according to a release.
In this group are 12.1 percent of children under 18 living in poverty. Moreover, 51.86 percent of the city's school kids are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
The Stamford Cradle to Career (C2C) partnership addresses these concerns, by collectively aligning community resources to ensure equity and excellence in education for every child from birth to career.
The United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) will host a public launch of Stamford C2C. A baseline report will be made available at this Community Action Networks kick-off.
The partnership has more than 60 agencies, nonprofits, corporations and philanthropic supporters.
The initiative is to drive and support the success of Stamford children and youth in education and careers.
A keynote address will be given by StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson.
He is an expert in collective partnerships, student outcomes, and mobilizing individuals and communities to achieve bold goals.
“If Stamford Cradle to Career is creating a new roadmap for how community stakeholders work together, the CANs are the explorers, surveyors and cartographers," said Kim Morgan, chief executive officer of UWWC.
"The work of the CANs will bring us closer to the partnership’s vision that all Stamford children and youth will succeed in their education, career and life."
"Stamford Cradle-to-Career will provide an opportunity for the community as a whole to focus resources on key levers that increase the likelihood of every student’s success in school and beyond,” said Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Earl Kim.
“Our district’s leadership, teachers and staff look forward to playing an integral role" in the process, he said.