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Our Mission

The mission of the Cradle to Career Partnership is to prepare every child for success in school and life, ensuring the economic vitality of our community.

Our Vision

Successful children | Engaged community | Thriving economy


Our Approach

The Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) is a results-focused collaborative committed to ensuring that children and youth in Pima County have access to opportunities and resources to succeed not only in school but in life. Three goals define the work of our partnership: Thriving Futures, Empowering STEM Innovators, and Leaders in Literacy.

Convened by a backbone team anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, C2C seeks to align organizations, institutions, and individuals to change systems so that every young person – no matter their race, ethnicity, zip code, or circumstance – is supported fully in an informed and equitable way. Using data and community expertise, C2C is building, strengthening, and leveraging strategic partnerships for a stronger Pima County by:

Building a Shared Vision of Long-Term Community Impact

We support and align leaders and practitioners with a relentless focus on putting innovation into action.

Putting the Right Data in the Hands of the Right People at the Right Time

We broker access to data and build capacity among our partner schools and agencies to use data to improve.

Aligning Resources to the Practices that Get Results

We listen to educators and service providers to give system leaders and investors insights that allow them to align resources to support what works.

Centering Equitable Outcomes

We work with our partners and individuals (parents and young people) most impacted by systems who have the lived experience to co-develop relevant solutions and use data to highlight gaps and accelerate progress to eliminate disparities.

A National Movement with Proven Results

The Cradle to Career Partnership is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a network of communities committed to centering equity and changing systems to ensure every child succeeds. The StriveTogether framework provides C2C with strategic assistance that helps build on opportunities, solve issues, and overcome challenges. C2C has met a rigorous set of benchmarks to earn its membership as a sustaining partnership in this national network.