Please join us at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative is sponsoring an Open House at Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood, and community members are encouraged to attend.

The school has shown impressive success in its first three years of operation. With the fourth year already underway, the Open House will give community members the chance to tour the facility and learn about the key factors essential to its achievements from school staff and parents.

“Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative has been following Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood’s progress over the years, and we’re encouraged by what we see,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “We want the public to see not only that every child can learn, but also how it’s done in one neighborhood Title I school.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood
2685 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 Click here for directions.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page.

Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood is a free, public neighborhood school made possible through a public-private partnership between Charleston County School District and Meeting Street Schools. Opened in 2014 to grades Pre-K3 through third, it has grown by a grade each year and in 2018 will serve more than 600 students in Pre-K3 through fifth grade.

The school is open to all families in the district-drawn attendance zone and primarily serves those from under-resourced households. Its students significantly outperform those of similar backgrounds in surrounding schools.

Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

Our CEO, John C. Read, wrote an opinion piece for Charleston Currents on the FAFSA.

A year ago, with support from The InterTech Group, we created the FAFSA Pilot Project. We chose five high schools with the lowest FAFSA completion and highest poverty rates in our region, and we went to work.

One year later, FAFSA completion at Burke High, Cross High, North Charleston High, R.B. Stall High and St. John’s High has increased by more than 20 percentage points to 48%, and they’re not done yet.

Read the full story here:

TCCC’s FAFSA Pilot Project surpasses target

The FAFSA Pilot Project, an initiative of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, has met and surpassed its target, resulting in a 20-percentage point jump in FAFSA completions at five local high schools over the past year.

Read more about our great news here:

We’ve Moved

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative team has relocated to the third floor of the Trident United Way building.

Please update our address in your records:
6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308
North Charleston, S.C. 29406

Special thanks to Clemson’s Restoration Institute for hosting us over the past year!

TCCC announces new Convener for High School Graduation Network

The Boeing Company has agreed to serve as Convener for Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s High School Graduation Network, replacing the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, which stepped down from the post in May.

“We at Boeing are firm believers that all members of the community can and should be engaged in assuring high-quality education for all students and college and career readiness for our high school graduates,” Boeing South Carolina Senior Manager of Global Corporate Citizenship Jessica Jackson said. “We must ensure that students develop and learn the skills needed to work in a globally competitive environment. The High School Graduation Network is already working hard to achieve that vision, and we look forward to participating in this new capacity.”

Jackson will chair the Guiding Team and the High School Graduation Network when it convenes in September.

To read more about our new Convener, visit: 

Kindergarten Readiness Network Says ‘Yes’

Today the Kindergarten Readiness Network voted overwhelmingly to proceed into the due-diligence period with Family Connects, an evidence-based program that’s intended to serve all families with newborns in the region.

Through Family Connects, nurses visit newborns and their families at their homes in the first three months of life to connect them with community resources and health care providers.

Intensive planning for the program will take place over the next nine months during the due diligence period, and we have already received commitments from Trident United Way and The Duke Endowment to fund the work.

Welcome, new board members!

Our Board of Directors voted today to add two new board members!

Welcome to the team:

  • Scott Sharp, TD Bank
  • Laura Varn, Community Volunteer

Volvo Car Group executive joins Tri-County Cradle to Career board

We’ve added a new board member and two staff members!

Katarina Fjording has been elected to the TCCC Board of Directors. Fjording is the Vice President,
Purchasing and Manufacturing, Americas, for Volvo Car Group.

Alexa Stephens, who has been serving as TCCC’s Director of Data Management and Analysis, has
accepted a new position to oversee TCCC’s community engagement work as Director of Strategy and
Community Insight.

Sarah Piwinski has joined the staff as the Director of Data Management and Analysis, filling the vacancy
left by Stephens.

Ashley Heffernan has joined the staff as the Director of Communication and Administration, replacing
Amy Asper, who has decided to return to part-time employment.

Read more about our new additions here:

June 2016 Kindergarten Readiness Update

During the TCCC Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting on June 15, 2016, the following update on the Kindergarten Readiness Network was provided by Chris Kerrigan, President & CEO of the Trident United Way.  (TUW serves as Convening Partner for the KRN.)

Noteworthy Milestones for the Kindergarten Readiness Network
from December 2015 to May 2016

Community Outreach

Focus Groups

  • In order to validate the two tentative catalytic projects (1) expansion of the SC Vouchers program and (2) the development of a Resource Hub, Trident United Way contracted with a professional qualitative researcher to facilitate community engagement with community members the Kindergarten Readiness Network intends to serve.
  • TUW partnered with the First Steps Office of Charleston and Berkeley Counties, MAIA Moms, and Nurse Family Partnership to engage low-income mothers and child care directors to affirm or reject the tenants of the previously proposed catalytic projects.
  • We summarized the focus group findings into a report and presented them at the May Kindergarten Readiness Network Convening. The focus group takeaways included:
    • A desire from Child Care Director to receive professional development training and knowledge about staff retention best practices;
    • A desire to communicate more effectively with parents about child rearing practices;
    • A desire to receive more child development and local health related Kindergarten Readiness information in a digital and hard copy format;
    • Understanding the systemic issues preventing parents from remaining enrolled in the SC Voucher program;
    • Parents want to receive Kindergarten Readiness resources and guidance from trusted allies ; and
    • Parents want customized personalized outreach and they want a hard copy and a physical location to receive early education and child development resources.

KR Survey with Child Care Directors

  • In partnership with the First Steps Office of Charleston County, we conducted an online survey with nearly two dozen child care directors to supplement the focus group outreach and gain user information about the viability of our catalytic projects.
  • The survey also affirmed the need to have information about professional development for child care directors and access to digital Kindergarten Readiness resources.

Kindergarten Readiness Network

Kindergarten Readiness Network Convening

  • TUW hosted a Kindergarten Readiness Convening in May 2016. The network voted and confirmed the creation of a Kindergarten Readiness Resource Hub catalytic project. This will come in the form of a physical location and an online component. It will provide parents, families, community organizations, and practitioners with access to information that is related to Kindergarten Readiness. Over the next few months, the network will work to develop an implementation and assessment plan. The network has already started to collect information and translate them into user friendly documents that would assist community members with referral services. Additionally, the Prosperity Center has been designated as potential location to host the Resource Hub.

Guiding Team and Kindergarten Readiness Network

  • We have added two new active members to the Guiding Team: (1) Dr. Herman Knopf, Research Director at the Child Development Center at USC and (2) Professor Kelley White from the College of Charleston. The partnership with USC has been extremely beneficial. With a grant they received from DSS, they identify and map the existing childcare landscape in the Tricounty. Additionally, access to this set of granular data will help our systems level approach and increase the capacity of network partners.
  • The network has grown by 50 members since last December and network members feel more engaged and energized about the work than they felt in the fall based on survey implemented at the last Kindergarten Readiness Convening.


Post and Courier Op-Ed

  • John Read and Chris Kerrigan co-wrote a Kindergarten Readiness op-ed for the Post and Courier at the end of December.