Bridgeport Prospers Receives National Recognition, October 2018

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BRIDGEPORT PROSPERS EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Local Collective Impact movement elevated within StriveTogether’s National Cradle to Career Network

Bridgeport Prospers has been recognized by StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids.  Notably the local Collective Impact movement has been elevated within the StriveTogether Cradle to Career network to the “Sustaining Gateway” quality benchmark.

Bridgeport Prospers Executive Director Allison Logan commented: “I want to thank our many community partners and Bridgeport Prospers/UW team members for your support that helped to carry us to this major accomplishment.”

Gaining particular recognition is the “Baby Bundle,” a group of initiatives designed to ensure that all children are healthy and ready for preschool by age three.  And StriveTogether has invited Bridgeport Prospers work to highlight this work at its annual conference in Seattle in October.

“Bridgeport Prospers is making significant strides in how partners work together to use data to improve results for kids,” StriveTogether President & CEO Jennifer Blatz said.  “We congratulate Bridgeport Prospers for the progress they are making and look forward to recognizing them when they reach more milestones along their journey to enable economic mobility for students and families.”

This “Baby Bundle” buzz is reaching other national organizations as well:

The challenge to improve outcomes is steep:  Connecticut has one of the nation’s largest achievement gaps between students of low income and their better-off peers.  But Bridgeport Prospers aims to change that.   Starting at the youngest ages, which lay the foundation for development that lasts a lifetime. 

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About Bridgeport Prospers

Bridgeport Prospers mission is to work collectively as a community of stakeholders to have a positive, measureable, and sustainable impact on outcomes for all children and families, from cradle to career.  We focus on a set of seven common outcomes, from kindergarten readiness through high school graduation and career readiness.   The initiative receives backbone support from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.  Find out more at http://www.unitedwaycfc.org/bridgeportprospers

About StriveTogether

StriveTogether leads a national movement of 70 communities to get better results in every child’s life.  We coach and connect partners across the country to close gaps by using local data, especially for children of color and low-income.  Communities using our proven approach have seen measurable gains in kindergarten readiness, academic achievement, and postsecondary success.  The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 10.4 million students, involves 10,800 organizations, and has partners in 30 states and Washington, D.C.   Find out more at https://www.strivetogether.org/

About United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s mission is:  “Together, we mobilize our communities to improve people’s lives.”  Our vision is that all children in Coastal Fairfield County are successful in school and prepared for success in life.    UWCFC serves the towns of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.  Find out more at http://www.unitedwaycfc.org