Our Work

Stamford Cradle to Career’s work is conducted through Racial Justice, Community Action Networks and the Community Task Force. The work follows an Action Plan Process.

Racial Justice

To support Stamford’s anti-racism work, SC2C is coordinating a Community Racial Justice Series in partnership with Stamford Stands Against Racism. Additionally, we are working hand in hand with Stamford Public Schools and community partners to transform Stamford into a Restorative Community. Stamford Cradle to Career recognizes racism is the root of many problems and inequities in educational opportunity and achievement in Stamford, and we’re going to do something about it.

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Community Action Networks (CANs)

CAN activities focus on school performance as well as the health and social emotional factors at each transitional milestone that impact success in school and beyond.

Active CANs

Early Childhood: All Stamford youth will enter Kindergarten ready to learn (newly integrated CAN, formerly Infant Health and Development and Kindergarten Readiness)

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Early Grade Reading: All Stamford children will be reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade

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Transition from High School to Postsecondary, College and/or Career: All Stamford young adults will attain postsecondary degrees and/or obtain employment.

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Measuring Success: 0-5 Early Childhood


% of incoming kindergarten students had a preschool experience (source 2020 PKTS results)


children using Sparkler to screen for developmental delays (source Sparkler data as of end of March 2020)


% of incoming kindergarteners assessed using the Preschool Early Literacy Indicator to help teachers better understand their new students (source 2020 PELI data)

Measuring Success: Early Grade Reading


% average percentage of Stamford Third Graders who met or exceeded state reading standards over a four year period (source EdSight)


hours of ongoing professional development provided to community partners on how to build literacy rich environments for children (source 2020 and 2021 trainings through May 2020)


students provided with summer literacy support in 2020 aimed at reducing summer learning loss

Measuring Success: Transition to College & Career


% five year average of Stamford seniors entering college within one year after graduating high school


Stamford seniors provided with specialized support to encourage college enrollment and prevent summer melt through our Bridge to College program


% higher enrollment rate for Norwalk Community College students enrolled in Bridge to College than those not enrolled

Community Task Force

The Community Task Force is conducting a series of campaigns, each organized according to a defined theory of change, stated objectives, and accountable timeframes.

Campaigns Underway include:
  • Food for Thought (F4T): Children cannot develop and learn appropriately without reliable and affordable sources of healthy nutrition.
  • Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI): The Achievement Gap derives from an “Opportunity Gap” that can be addressed by promoting equity in all forms and reducing biased treatment of students and their families, whether intended or unintended.
  • Reduce Chronic Absenteeism (RCA): Achieving optimal levels of student attendance will lead to better academic performance and reduce destructive behavior.

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Action Plans

To effectively measure and identify effective practices while aligning resources, we have designed and developed a detailed Action Plan process. The process and the related template were created in close partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the Superintendent’s team. This process is consistently followed by all CANs. Each CAN is at a different stage of action plan completion, depending on the complexity of its objectives and the available data.

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