Santa Monica Cradle to Career.
Making a difference together.
A child's development is a continuum that starts at birth and lasts through the transition into self-sufficiency and adulthood. Each transition point is critical to a person's success in school and beyond. Santa Monica Cradle to Career is designed to ensure Santa Monica is a community where every child has the ability to truly thrive.
Santa Monica Cradle to Career (SMC2C) is a collective impact initiative consisting of the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), service providers, and community stakeholders/advocates working together to develop services and opportunities that ensure youth thrive from birth to adulthood.
Two tragic events impacting Santa Monica youth – one, a fatal gang-related shooting in a public park, and, two, a highly-visible teen suicide – sparked an open dialogue between the City of Santa Monica, public institutions, service providers, and other stakeholders about youth violence.
By 2012, this conversation blossomed into Santa Monica Cradle to Career – a public/private partnership employed to address the broad spectrum of factors that influence overall youth wellbeing.
The Guiding Philosophy of SMC2C
SMC2C’s initiative is dedicated to collective impact – a “strength in numbers” approach to social change.
Our collective impact initiative model is based on research substantiating that large-scale social changes requires organizations across different sectors work together rather than individually.
We are weaving together the network of non-profits and major public institutions serving Santa Monica families to ensure that no children "fall through the cracks.” Together, we coordinate supportive services, evaluate relevant policies and programming, collect and analyze data, coordinate crisis interventions, and work to improve the overall wellbeing of our children.
How are children in Santa Monica doing?
What can we do to help them thrive?
SMC2C developed Santa Monica's Youth Wellbeing Report Card to identify answers to these questions and, further:
1.) identify, 2.) prioritize, and 3.) implement coordinated strategies to support children and families in our community.
4 Key Goal Areas
Increasing kindergarten readiness
Strengthening youth connectedness and behavioral health
Engaging vulnerable youth and their families in supportive services
Improving college & career readiness
Who do we work with?
SMC2C partners with community leaders, organizations, and parents to provide support and resources for the youth and families of Santa Monica.
Our Mission: Be Inspirational and Save Lives. To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, and productive citizens.
The Early Childhood Task Force is a volunteer group that advocates for unique and workable solutions to address the care and education needs of young children in our community.
Chrysalis is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. Clients have access to a wide range of classes and services designed to improve job search skills, self-confidence, and employability.
CLARE Foundation supports youth and families by offering school and community-based drug and alcohol prevention, education, and intervention services.
Connections for Children is here to help you meet your child care needs by offering resources, information, and child care referrals to all families, regardless of income or need. We can also help you find financial assistance to help cover the costs of child care, but there are eligibility requirements.
A Santa Monica-based non-profit organization that restores, builds and manages affordable housing for people of modest means. For more than three decades, Community Corp. has made Santa Monica a more inclusive, caring, and environmentally sustainable city.
Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) is an advocacy body for strong SMMUSD schools. The body endorses civic leaders for Santa Monica City Council and Santa Monica College Boards, as well as ballot measures.
Family Service of Santa Monica provides counseling and psychotherapy, including school-based counseling at elementary schools within SMMUSD (McKinley, John Muir, Edison Language Academy, and other elementary sites) and at Santa Monica High School. The agency also provides parenting support in the community via the Reflective Parenting Program and parent workshops.
The Hospitality Training Academy's (HTA) Santa Monica Jobs Initiative Program provides employment assistance leading to economic stability to low-income individuals. The program works with older opportunity youth and adults who reside within the Pico Neighborhood and/or other designated vulnerable areas within Santa Monica.
Empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved, leveling the play field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. Last year, LAFLA helped more than 100,000 people in civil legal matters by providing direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income individuals and families across the Greater Los Angeles region, including a community office and domestic violence clinic located in Santa Monica.
Our Vision is that Santa Monica will become a model Lifelong Learning Community: a community committed to strengthening educational planning for all ages and stages of life with learning opportunities that enhance the personal, social, and professional goals of all residents.
Sojourn (a project of The People Concern) provides comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence. The Outreach program provides training, technical assistance, and general information to the community. Prevention programs for youth include interactive activist workshops on healthy relationships, non-violent negotiation skills, teen dating violence, anti-bullying, toxic masculinity, gender norms, and other related concepts.
Mission: To equip underserved youth and their families with the leadership and advocacy skills needed to strengthen and sustain the community in which they live; to promote peace, unity, and social justice by modeling cooperation and advancing educational and economic opportunity; to work for positive transformation and instill hope in our youth by engaging them in creating solutions to our community's problems.
Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center offers families, adolescents, and children safe, nurturing, and confidential services that recognize each clients' culture and spoken languages. The programs offered focus on mental health, outreach and development, and educational needs.
St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages, with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable, and self-supporting members of the community.
YRT is a referral-based program that works with Santa Monica youth, ages 15-24, to help them and their families address issues ranging from basic needs and housing to mental health and educational/vocational services.
Santa Monica College is a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Santa Monica College Pico Promise Program is a joint partnership between SMC and the City of Santa Monica designed to meet the needs of underrepresented youth living in close proximity to the college. The program assists, motivates, and empowers young residents of the Pico neighborhood to pursue post-secondary education.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is headquartered in Santa Monica and serves the coastal communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. It is located in Los Angeles County and serves 11,000 students in preschool through 12th grade in 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, one middle/high school, one comprehensive high school, a continuation high school, and a K-8th grade alternative school. The district is also home to 11 early childhood education centers and an adult school.
With 15 PTA units from preschool through high school, the Santa Monica- Malibu PTA Council is where all SMMUSD PTAs come together to share and exchange information, connect with the broader education community, and build leadership skills as advocates for all children and families.
Venice Family Clinic is the first choice in affordable health care for low-income, uninsured, and homeless families and individuals. We provide comprehensive health care to adults and youths, including dental, mental health, substance use, and health education services. We provide teen health clinics at several of our locations, including two school-based sites.
The Growing place is committed to providing the young children of working families with an exceptional quality, all-day, year-round early education program. We are a learning community sustained by a close collaboration of parents, teachers and students.
Human Services Division
Office of Civic Wellbeing
Commission on the Status of Women
Social Services Commission
First 5 LA believes that the first five years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children. We put parents at the center of our work, since parents and caregivers are at the heart of a child's development.
The mission of Upward Bound House is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy.
Advocacy parent group - meets at Virginia Avenue Park.
Advocacy parent group - meets at Virginia Avenue Park.
Santa Monica's community members are a driving advocacy force behind the efforts of Cradle to Career.
Safe Place for Youth's mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.