solutionTREEonblueCradle to Career, a comprehensive new partnership between education and the broader Sonoma County community, was introduced at the annual Community Dialog Conference yesterday (Thursday) to boost the long-term health and job prospects for the area's children and youth.

c2clogoThe existing educational system is distinctly segmented, observes Dan Blake of the Sonoma County Office of Education, so one goal of the Cradle to Career program will be to find ways to help students negotiate the big transitions they face.

c2ctree650The Cradle to Career initiative is even more comprehensive than its name suggests, says Kellie Noe of the County Health Services Department, as it is out to bolster young children's future prospects even before their birth.

It may seem a bit odd to have the county Health Department championing a youth educational support effort, Noe, acknowledges, but in the big picture, that makes perfect sense.

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