The SWCA two-generation cradle-to-career educational pipeline is a systematic organized approach to ensure that all young people and their parents/guardians have ongoing access to and participate in high quality services and learning environments across the child’s developmental years to achieve educational success.
Our vision for our continuum of solutions starts with heavily investing in the earliest years in both parents and children by strengthening parenting skills, ensuring children have a medical home and access to high quality early childhood programs and services. To address academic proficiency, the SWCA network of schools will ensure children: have great teachers and tutors, implement proven curriculum, and launch interventions strategies to promote school attendance. In addition, SWCA and partners will fill gaps so that all children can attend high quality after-school programs. SWCA and its partners will blanket the neighborhood with resources to counter the high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and the resulting trauma that contributes to poor school performance and behavior, and risk for later negative life outcomes. All adolescents in the community must have multiple pathways to excel whether its through a college preparatory track or programs and schools to reconnect or learn in a way that better suits them. To ensure youth make it to the finish line of college and career, supports will need to be put in place while they matriculate to achieve a college or vocational degree or certification that enables them to break the cycle of poverty and thrive as productive citizens.