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Our Action Teams

While the key work of Evanston Cradle to Career involves ALL of our partner organizations working differently to advance the initiative's priorities through mutually reinforcing activities, we also work with partner organizations and community members collaboratively through five Action Teams focused on advancing equity in Evanston. 

Parent and Caregiver Empowerment Team

Parents play the pivotal role as their child’s first and most important teachers. This team’s initial focus is on supporting parents in their children's earliest years to ensure parents have the resources and information they need to prepare their children for future school and life success. Read more

Kindergarten Readiness action Team

If our young people are ultimately to be successful, it is critical that we ensure they are ready for kindergarten and remain on-track for success at each key transition point. This team is focusing on early childhood education and the successful transition to kindergarten. Read more

learning on track Action team

Many years of research demonstrate the inequity of opportunity during the summer months and other out of school time undermines the academic achievement of less financially advantaged students contributing to the achievement gap. This team focused initially on expanding access to enriching summer and other activities, particularly for children from lower income families. The team is now moving toward a focus on a specific gap in services in the community for children in kindergarten through second grade.  Read more

Prepared for Adult Life

While early childhood is important, we also need to ensure that our young adults have the skills they need for college and career success. This team is focusing on ensuring that all young people have a post-high school plan and are prepared  for its successful implementation--whether that is college or career. Read more


This team is focused on creating a trauma-informed City, with organization and systems-players that understand the impact of early trauma on long term health and well-being. Read more