StrivePartnership celebrates 10 years of community collaboration for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky kids

KnowledgeWorks congratulates partnership on continued and sustained improvements


Students, teachers, schools and communities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are benefiting from 10 years of community-wide collaboration.

StrivePartnership celebrates a full decade of bringing together cross-sector partners to improve academic outcomes from cradle to career. Today, nearly 80 percent of key indicators of student success are improving and there is clear evidence that the community is aligning resources around solutions that work.

“StrivePartnership is a positive example for communities throughout the country who hope to close achievement gaps and help more local students succeed,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “As a founding member of the partnership, KnowledgeWorks has seen firsthand the impact the effort has had over the past 10 years on students in our local community. We remain committed to the work and are proud that StrivePartnership has become a national model for how communities can best come together in the interest of all students.”

The partnership started in 2006 when a group of leaders from various sectors throughout the Cincinnati area came together with a common goal: to improve academic success in the urban core. More than 300 cross-sector representatives joined the partnership, including school district superintendents, early-childhood educators, non-profit practitioners, business leaders, community and corporate funders, city officials and university presidents.

Ten years later, organizations, institutions and community members continue to align their work to a shared cradle to career vision:

  • The Cincinnati Preschool Promise (CPP) mobilized community members, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and the business community around the shared goal of two years of quality preschool for all children in the city. Now, CPS, in partnership with CPP, is pursuing a November 2016 levy to both significantly expand access to preschool and strengthen the entire public school system so every child has a strong start and future.
  • Public and private funders are investing in Every Child Capital, a first-in-the-nation venture philanthropy fund focused on scaling proven early literacy interventions. To date, ECC has attracted more than $4 million in funding.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital adopted third-grade reading as a measure of overall child health in its most recent board-approved strategic plan.
  • The United Way of Greater Cincinnati aligned its Bold Goals in Education to the partnership’s shared outcomes and its Bold Plays are in sync with the partnership’s priorities.
  • The Persistence Project, a StrivePartnership collaborative group of higher-education institutions, is analyzing data to understand root causes of low postsecondary attainment throughout the region.

Today, StriveTogether also announced that StrivePartnership is the first Proof Point community in its Cradle to Career Network. A community in the Cradle to Career Network is designated as a Proof Point community when 60 percent of indicators across six cradle to career outcomes are maintained or improved year after year. Additionally, community leaders across sectors must demonstrate evidence of changing how systems work in four key areas: Shared Community Vision, Evidence-Based Decision Making, Collaborative Action, and Investment and Sustainability.

“We congratulate and commend the StrivePartnership and all its partners on their first decade of monumental work in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region,” Peppler said, “and we look forward to their continued work in closing achievement gaps and strengthening learning opportunities for all local students.”

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.