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Learning Communities

In 2014, Upstream Investments team members set out a bold vision to develop a shared system for measuring success. The system is designed to allow cross-sector partners to easily collect, manage, and review client information to better understand which program offerings are adding up to improvements in the lives of families, youth, and children. The vision included sharing client information across partners to ensure coordination of services. 


Ready collaborates with school districts in Sonoma County to assess the social-emotional and academic skills of students entering kindergarten. Ready provides the only common assessment of kindergarten readiness in Sonoma County. Ready data are shared with over 100 participating kindergarten teachers, 20 school administrators and approximately 15 licensed early learning partners to support children's success in school by informing quality improvement processes and improving coordination between birth to five-year-old and transitional kindergarten-12 systems. 

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Keeping Kids in School (Kkis) is collaborative effort to reduce school truancy and prevent juvenile delinquency in Sonoma County. Kkis is a partnership between the Sonoma County Probation Department, Sonoma County Court, Sonoma County Office of Education, Seneca Family of Agencies and 21 schools within 8 Sonoma County school districts. Kkis provides culturally-relevant, family centered case management services in home, school and community settings.

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The City of Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Partnership (Vpp) is a collaborative effort between local government, schools, parents, community partners and law enforcement to prevent violence in Santa Rosa and provide support to youth at-risk of health/social problems and their families. One aspect of Vpp is the Guiding People Successfully Program (Gps). Gps utilizes the Positive Youth Justice framework and other proven strategies to support youth at risk of gang involvement.

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Sonoma County Human Services Department

The Child Abuse Prevention Services (Caps) program is a community-based collaborative to improve coordination between the Family, Youth & Children Division of Sonoma County Human Services and community service providers. The goal of Caps is to connect high-risk families to preventive services to keep these families and their children out of the foster care system.

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Prevention-Focused Policies

Upstream supports our community to adopt policies that improve equity in health, education and income.

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