Improve educational and life outcomes for children, youth and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education.

Cradle to Career

The Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) is about setting higher expectations in order to improve educational and life outcomes for the over a quarter-million young people living in Pima County, Arizona. Our mission is to support the preparation of every child in the greater Tucson area for success in school and life, ensuring the economic vitality of our community.

Early Learning

First Focus on Kids (FFK)

Goal: Improve the well-being and school readiness of children in Pima County.

The Coalition is composed of over 100 community volunteers who are the change network for Kindergarten Readiness with the Pima County Cradle to Career Partnership.

Read On Tucson

Goal: Ensure that all third graders in Pima County are reading proficiently.

Read On Tucson is a part of the statewide Read On Arizona, and a member of the nationwide coalition The Campaign For Grade Level Reading.

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children and Families

Goal: Expand Literacy and Language Development in Southern Arizona

 Family Support Alliance

Parents as Teachers

Goal: Empower parents to promote their children's healthy growth and development and get them prepared for kindergarten.



Youth Development Coalition

Goal: all youth in Pima County are in safe and supportive environments that promote their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being so that they are ready by 21: ready for college, work and life. 

Quality Counts

Quality Counts is a voluntary rating system that reviews early learning programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards using a five-star method of evaluation and offers supports and incentives to help providers reach their goals.


Youth On The Rise (YOTR)

Youth on the Rise (YOTR) leverages collective cross-sector and community-based leadership and investments of Pima County to improve pathways to education and employment for opportunity youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school.
One initiative of YOTR is The REC Center which is a safe place for 16-24 year olds who want to get back to school and/or work. Staff at the REC will help you make a plan to reach your education and career goals, and will connect you to other services you need so your goals become a reality.