“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

Founded in 2013, the Live Oak Cradle to Career Initiative (C2C) is a cross-sector place-based collaborative with a mission to work collectively to empower families, deliver resources, and advocate for equitable and inclusive support systems to eliminate disparities and ensure all Live Oak children thrive in their education, health, and character. C2C builds community power through the intentional development of parent leaders and works collaboratively to leverage cross-sector resources to deliver activities and interventions designed to improve outcomes for children and families.

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).

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: