Cradle to Career Alliance Collaborations

The Cradle to Career Alliance (C2CA) believes strongly that we make the best progress when we collaborate with other organizations and agencies focused on a common set of outcomes using the same measures. We are consistently on the lookout for other organizations or groups who aspire to similar goals.


KOMU In Plain Sight Series

C2CA provides contacts for KOMU to demonstrate the ways people in poverty or who are struggling with personal issues find hope through assistance from local organizations. The on-going series, In Plain Sight, shows how citizens take advantage of local programs to pull themselves out of a hard life.



Several nonprofits who are members of the organization Columbia Cares for Kids including C2CA under the guidance of Darin Pries, Executive Director of CMCA and C2CA board member, offered several showings the film Reject, in Columbia and the County. Reject examines the impact bullying, ostracism and rejection can have on children both young and old. It also highlighted a program for elementary children called “you can’t say, you can’t play” exploring the impact it had for providing a classroom culture where all children felt supported and valued.

Raising of America Series

C2CA worked with First Chance for Children, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Youth Community Coalition, and Child Care Aware to bring the Raising of America film series to Columbia. We started with pizza and a movie at Shakespeare South sponsored by FCFC where we hosted nearly 100 people for a community conversation around the signature film. The four follow up films were shown at the ARC and followed by community discussions. Guest discussion leaders included: Parents for Public Schools, Worley Street Round Table and Minority Men’s Network, University South Pediatricians and CPS Preschool and Parents as Teachers programs.

Parents for Public Schools

C2CA was fortunate to be invited to engage in several forums with  Columbia Parents for Public Schools.

Collaborative Action Networks

Our signature work is convening the best minds in the county to investigate and form plans of action around each of our five goals. More information can be found under the Targeted Outcomes tab on this website.