The Birth to Third Grade Partnership continues to make progress in the areas of increasing access to preschool through scholarships, improving program quality and supporting family engagement. For FY19, the Partnership increased the number of preschools enrolling scholarship children from 8 to 15, covering a total of 50 scholarship slots. All 9 center based preschool programs in the quality improvement pilot will be applying for the next highest QRIS level next year, and 9 family childcare providers will begin their own quality improvement pilot beginning in August. In addition, the Partnership is currently assessing the supports needed for providers to better engage families, and will use this data to inform programming moving forward. Learn more here.
This week Agenda for Children convened a group of over 20 staff from nonprofit organizations and the City of Cambridge, to hear from CPS Superintendent Salim about the exploration of a longer school day, and to give feedback on how this could impact out of school time programs and their students. Feedback meetings for different stakeholder groups will take place through fall 2018, and mark the beginning of a multi-year decision making process. The CNC will continue to follow this work and share information and opportunities to give input as it moves forward. Read more details here.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Community Benefits Listening Sessions and contributed to this important discussion. The City of Cambridge compiled the questions and comments from these sessions and beyond, and yesterday released a summary document, Listening Sessions: Feedback and Comments. Learn more about the Community Benefits process here.
Last week the City of Cambridge hosted a community meeting to provide an update on plans for the Foundry building's programming and design, as well as to get feedback from the community. The selected design firm, Cambridge Seven Associates, presented two possible plans where sixty percent of the space will be community-based and forty percent dedicated to rental space to support building operations. An overview of how the space will be used was provided by the Foundry Consortium, the chosen building operator, and included arts/makerspace, performance space and workforce development and apprenticeship opportunities. Stay tuned for more opportunities to give input and learn more here.
The Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition and the Cambridge Community Foundation invite you to an informal gathering to connect with other organizations, share information about your work and get an update on the status of the release of the city's first request for proposals to the Community Benefits Fund. Through this initial RFP, the city will award grants to Cambridge-serving nonprofit organizations working in collaboration to address housing stability, economic stability and mental health in innovative ways. RSVP here.
When: Wednesday, August 1, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge.