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The District 65 and District 202 School Boards have approved funding the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative, each in the amount of $50,000 in the first year of operation. The District 202 Board approved the funding on April 21. The District 65 Board did so on April 28.

The initiative, 18 months in the planning, is built on the premise of “collective impact” – that schools, institutions, community organizations, business groups and others can have a greater impact by working together to address complex social and educational issues, than working alone.

The plan is to address the needs of Evanston youth, starting at birth, in a holistic fashion and to focus on all factors that impact learning, health and social and emotional development.  

The vision of EC2C is “By the age of 23, all Evanston young adults will be leading productive lives.”

On March 28, almost 40 representatives from the School Districts, the City, non-profit organizations, Northwestern University, and Oakton Community College gathered at Evanston Township High School to listen to an update on the EC2C initiative. Leaders of the initiative asked the organizations to make a long-term commitment to fund the initiative and to commit staff to work toward achieving its goals.

The effort is intended to be inclusive. The planning team is working to broaden the base to ensure that all sectors of the community are included.

The largest organizations are asked to contribute $50,000 in the first year. Other participating organizations are asked to make a financial contribution based on the size of their budgets.