Collaborative Action Networks

ROC the Future works through Collaborative Action Networks tasked with identifying appropriate measurements, indicators, and detailed action plans to improve our progress. To see the report card measuring our progress, click here. The following provides descriptions and contact information for each of the six current Collaborative Action Networks aligned with ROC the Future. Each network includes a diverse group of stakeholders such as service providers, funders, training and policy experts supporting their work, and others with information relevant to the desired outcomes.

  1. The Perinatal Collaborative Action Network is led by  Sherita Bullock of the Healthy Baby Network (585) 546-4930. This existing network aligned with ROC the Future in 2014.  Focused on children from pre-conception to age 2, this network is developing actions plans to heal parent, child, and community trauma and to address the need for effective, developmentally supportive parenting and safe and stable housing.  This network of members including pregnant and parenting moms and dads meets every other month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 11:30 to 1:30 pm.  Location varies.
  2. The School Readiness Collaboration Action Network is led by Dirk Hightower of the Children’s Institute (585) 295-1000 x222  This network saw early identification of developmental delays as a priority and developed an action plan to comprehensively screen all three year olds beginning in fall 2015.   The network is now addressing potential provider shortages as the developmental screenings scale up.  This group also continues to monitor and identify opportunities for improvement in the access, delivery, and outcome measurement of early childhood education programs to ensure every child is ready for school. This network meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to Noon at the Children’s Institute.
  3. The Attendance Collaborative Action Network is led by the Rochester City School District (585) 315-5814 This network began in 2012 and is now focused on improving the attendance of chronically absent K to 3 students (those missing >18 days of school per year).  Their action plan includes attendance blitzes involving school district personnel, community leaders, and other volunteers visiting homes of chronically absent students from 9 to 11 am on the 3rd Thursday of each month followed by a meeting of key community leaders.  The network has partnered with the Causewave on the Every Minute Matters ad campaign and classroom activities.  The network is also improving data tracking and sharing capabilities to make effective use of community partners and identify opportunities for improving attendance to support achievement of grade level reading by third-grade.
  4. The Expanded Learning Opportunities Collaborative Action Network/Greater Rochester After-school Alliance Quality Working Group  is led by Chris Dandino of the Greater Rochester After-school Alliance (585) 739-9853 This network works to improve youth outcomes in out-of-school time programs (including before-school, after-school, summer enrichment, and expanded learning time).   The network focuses on professional development, creating a youth program quality improvement process in our community, and identifying and implementing use of consistent methods for measuring youth outcomes. The network has identified the Devereux Student Strength Short Assessment (DESSA-mini) as an appropriate outcome tracking measure of social-emotional learning.  The network will continue piloting and evaluating its use in improving student engagement, health and wellness, intrapersonal development, life and career skills, and social relationships and ultimately children’s ability succeed in school and in life. This network meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11 to 12:30 at Rochester Area Community Foundation.
  5. The College Access Collaborative Action Network is led by Pat Braus of the Rochester Educational Foundation. 585-271-5790 This network launched in 2013.  The network developed a website ( to provide information on local colleges and applying for financial aid. The network action plan includes increasing the number of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and providing direct assistance to students in filling out the forms at annual FAFSA Fest events. The network also supports local college visits for 10th graders and communication with the community and students regarding the college opportunities available for City of Rochester students.  Early college awareness and financial aid information supports student to be college ready.  This network typically meets on the 2nd Tues. of the month from 8:30 to 10 at Hillside-Mustard Street.
  6. The Parent Engagement Action Network is led by Ida Perez of the Ibero American Action League. (585) 454-1200  The Parent Engagement CAN (PECAN) launched March 2016, and represents 15 organizations working to improve the engagement of parents and families. Utilizing resources from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, PECAN has developed two pilot projects to increase parental understanding and engagement, first at the early childhood developmental stage. Their summer pilot concentrated on reducing chronic absence at the PreK level, by offering parent orientations to increase parent awareness and skills to monitor and reduce incidents that lead to children missing school. A total of 525 parents (and counting) have attended orientations at both ABC and Ibero Headstart programs, and signed “Covenants” to develop action plans to commit to school attendance for their child this year.

ROC the Future is an alliance of over 100 leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners that promotes alignment and focuses community resources to the improve academic achievement of City of Rochester children.  ROC the Future is based on the StriveTogether framework.  The framework uses evidence-based practices and data indicators to set community-wide, shared goals, identify process improvements, and measure results.   ROC the Future has convened community partners to identify data indicators along the entire birth to career continuum.  The StriveTogether framework also relies on the coalition management support of backbone organization(s) with sustained resources.  The initial priority is improving the proportion of students reading at grade level in third-grade.  This includes a focus on school readiness, attendance, and expanded learning opportunities.