Community Collaborations

Bigelow Corners Partnership

Bigelow Corners Partnership is a project of five organizations: Schenectady Community Action Program, Capital District Child Care Council, Northern Rivers Family Services, Schenectady City School District, and The Schenectady Foundation - seeking to support families in raising their children to be competent, productive citizens, capable of one day raising their own successful families.

The Bigelow Corners Partnership is focused on the neighborhood contiguous to Bigelow Avenue in Schenectady, where the primary partner organizations have programs and facilities. Our success hinges on developing a common culture and purpose, experienced, outstanding leadership, strong communications, team-work, and connections with the neighborhood and community resources.

The Bigelow Corners Partnership aims to:

  • Improve academic outcomes
  • Gives children the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in life
  • Assist families and the community in raising children capable of incredible success

Funded by The Schenectady Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region


The Albany Promise

The Albany Promise is a regional, cross‐sector partnership where community leaders in Albany, New York come together to support a shared cradle‐to‐career education vision.

Albany Promise is made up of education, community, business, civic and philanthropic leaders. A partnership of this magnitude, with numerous partners, necessitates a convener, a central location for communication and data, and a critical coordinator for the numerous networks that will be a part of Albany Promise. The partnership is co‐convened by State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

The Albany Promise is a vehicle for changing the way adults collaborate to help children succeed. We provide a structure for change by building community capacity to understand what supports student success, and accelerate change by spreading what works across all programs and services. It’s an inclusive partnership where we are each responsible and accountable for the success of our students.

Click here to read the Albany Promise 2014 Report Card (PDF)


NYS Community, Opportunity, Reinvestment (CORe) Initiative

The goals of the CORe Initiative are to align programs, policies and funding across government agencies – both vertically (state-and-local) and horizontal (all state agencies) – to address common challenges.

To target our efforts and investments based on the places and people the data show are linked to concentrations of distress; and to evaluate whether our interventions are achieving the intended results based on agreed-to metrics, and make changes when necessary.

Convened by Governor Cuomo’s Office


Building Emotional Learning and Literacy (BELL)

One of the goals of the BELL program is to ensure that all children will enter school ready to learn. The program supports children by enhancing their social-emotional wellness and by building a foundation of early literacy skills.

BELL Provides:

  • Support in enhancing the classroom literacy environment through assessment using the Get Ready to Read Checklist from the national Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
  • Strategies to support challenging behavior to positively impact the classroom environment
  • Hands-on activities and lesson plans to support social emotional development and literacy

Click here for BELL tipsheets

Funded by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region


Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions by calling 518.426.7181