For many people when they think of the educational system, they often think of the kindergarten through 12th grade continuum (K-12). Others might think beyond that to college and graduate school (K-20). If they consider pre-school they might think in terms of a P-20 continuum.
For the partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff, we think of education in even broader terms – from cradle through career.
The cradle through career continuum is broader than K-12, K-20, or P-20, because it includes the time children spend outside any formalized educational system.
For example, the early childhood ages from birth to 5 are not supported by a systemic infrastructure that ensures consistency or quality of educational experience, yet some of the most important brain development and learning happens during these early years.
Even during the K-12 years, at least 52% of a student’s waking time is spent outside of school.
This underscores the importance for our entire community to work together through collaborative action to improve educational outcomes in a spirt of collective impact.
In the illustration above, you can see the LAUNCH Flagstaff educational benchmarks above the timeline. Below the timeline are many of the important milestones that children and young adults need to experience along this continuum. Many of these milestones happen outside of any formalized educational system.
Our current work areas along the Cradle through Career Continuum include:
In the next email, I’ll explain how we are using the framework of collective impact to focus our effort.
- Early Learning
- Literacy in language and mathematics from birth through age 8
- Increased access to high-quality preschool for 4 year old children
- Education and Career Action Planning (ECAP)
- Improved financial literacy for teens, young adults and their families
- Increased access to internships for high school students
- Increased opportunity to achieve dual enrollment credit in high school
- Educational Leadership Professional Development and Support
- Youth Engagement in Community Goal Setting and Planning
- Building Cross-sector Data Sharing Capacity