“I am especially impressed by C2C’s meaningful engagement of parents. Parent voice is critically important and what you are doing here and how you are doing it can be a model for other communities across the country.” – Alicia Maldonado, National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Senior Consultant

The Live Oak Cradle to Career (C2C) Initiative was formed by Live Oak Preschool parents, local education, health, and social service leaders working together to ensure that all Live Oak children can reach their full potential.

The initiative is modeled on successful efforts that target high need areas with integrated support systems. Together, we are developing a family-centered, results-based framework to ensure all Live Oak children are happy, healthy and ready to succeed in school, college & career. C2C recognizes the well-established and interdependent relationship between good health (as a prerequisite and predictor of educational attainment) and education (as a primary social determinant of long-term health and well-being).

C2C is based on principles of collective impact — by acting in a collaborative and coordinated fashion, community stakeholders can more effectively address interrelated community problems, including low educational attainment and health inequities. Our vision is that all Live Oak students are happy, healthy, and ready to succeed in school, college, and career.

The C2C Steering Committee is responsible for funding, staffing, policy, and evaluation, and a Parent Leadership Committee ensures that program design and goals meet the needs of the Live Oak families.

C2C continues to serve a growing cohort of Live Oak and Del Mar Elementary students and their families. The C2C pilot project began with Live Oak Elementary Preschool families in 2014. The project continues to serve these families as they matriculate through the elementary years as well as add new cohorts of preschool students every year. In the 2019-20 school year, C2C will focus on 400 students enrolled in Live Oak Elementary’s Preschool through 3rd Grades and Del Mar Elementary School’s Preschool through 1st Grades, as well as their families (estimating 3 people per family) for a total of 1,200 people.  Ultimately, C2C aims to impact all 1,800 Live Oak School District Students, and potentially expand countywide.


We are grateful for the generous financial support from the following partners: