– SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and education, government, and community
leaders in the City of Albany today launched The Albany Promise
Cradle-to-Career Partnership, which brings together regional civic
organizations, school districts, colleges, and elected officials in a
commitment to improve the education pipeline locally.
At today’s launch, the
partnership also released The Albany
Promise 2012: Baseline Report To The Community, which provides a
snapshot of current student academic achievement and well-being data such as
kindergarten readiness, proficiency in English and Math, and high school
graduation rates, as well as statistics on bullying, substance abuse, missed
classes, and more. The metrics in the report were chosen to create a student
roadmap to success. Subsequent reports on the partnership’s progress will be
issued each year.
“The launch of Albany Promise
marks the critical first step toward a brighter future for all of Albany’s
schoolchildren,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “SUNY and the national
Strive Network are proud to support this effort. The Albany Promise partners
are to be commended for their commitment to working together to improve the
city’s education system and ensure that every student in Albany has an
opportunity for success within that system. Congratulations to all
The Albany Promise
Cradle-to-Career Partnership is made up of education, community, business,
civic and philanthropic leaders, and is co-chaired by Chancellor Zimpher,
Barbara Smith, co-founder of the Albany Family Education Alliance and
Albany Common Council member, and Raymond Colucciello, Ed. D., superintendent
of the City School District of Albany.
“Albany Promise is an exciting and long
overdue initiative that relies upon the leadership and expertise of parents and
community members in the target neighborhoods to design effective strategies
for their children’s success,” said Councilwoman Smith. “Albany Promise brings
a strongly collaborative and evidence-based approach to addressing one of our
city’s most pressing concerns.”
“Our school district and our
community owe a large debt of gratitude to Chancellor Zimpher for her
leadership in concentrating the focus and efforts of this comprehensive group
on building a brighter future for all of our city’s young people,” Dr.
Colucciello said. “We are fortunate in Albany and the Capital Region to have so
many outstanding partners who care so deeply about our children and families. I
know the Albany Promise will make a difference for our community.”
“As Mayor of the City of
Albany, and a former teacher and school administrator, education is something I
am incredibly passionate about, and I am honored to be a part of this important
initiative,” said Mayor Gerald D. Jennings. “We must recognize that there are
significant issues and challenges facing our students today. The Albany
Promise 2012: Baseline Report is a vital tool to help us understand how to
address these issues and best meet the needs of our students throughout their
academic careers, and their lives. Every child and every situation is
different, which is why the vast resources of this partnership are so important;
together we can create an education revolution in our Capital City.”
Partners began meeting in
February 2011, and have since developed a cradle-to-career education vision,
mission, and goals for the Albany community. Their work will at first focus on
the most economically challenged areas of the city in Arbor Hill, West Hill,
and the South End, with their efforts ultimately brought to scale across
Baseline data for the
neighborhoods initially targeted by Albany Promise includes:
- Of the 2,834 eligible
children ages 0 to 4, only 181 – or 6.4% – are enrolled in licensed,
registered child care.
- 25% of 4th
graders are proficient in English Language Arts and 35% are proficient in
- On average, 9th
grade students miss 18 school days per academic year due to unexcused
absence, suspension, or incarceration.
- 45% of high school students
passed the English Regents Exam with a score of 75 or better.
of residents ages 20 to 24 are employed.
of children under age 5 live in poverty.
Promise partners will meet monthly to align and leverage the city’s existing
resources to drive better results in education. They will evaluate the baseline
report and work collaboratively to improve the metrics and give every child
access to high-quality early learning programs and services; ambitious,
rigorous and comprehensive education reforms; college- and career-readiness
programs; and family and community supports, including improved family
engagement in student learning through adult education opportunities.
SUNY is also an important
partner in cradle-to-career networks that have formed throughout New York, in
Clinton County, Harlem, Rochester, and Queens. In addition, many other
neighborhoods in the State have expressed interest in pursuing this major
education reform initiative.
Strive, a cradle to career
framework that was co-created by Chancellor Zimpher, has increased academic
achievement as well as kindergarten preparedness and college graduation rates
in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the last six years. This
evidence-based educational reform initiative has produced positive trends in
college and high school graduation rates, fourth-grade reading and math scores,
and the number of preschool children prepared for kindergarten.
The national network launched
in 2011 as a way to connect communities who are building cradle to career civic
infrastructure using the Strive framework. The Network enables members to share
expertise, identify and adapt programs that work, and develop effective tools
and resources that can be brought to bear on specific challenges.
About the State University of New York
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York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu