School of the 21st Century program is affiliated with
a number of other initiatives, programs, and organizations.
Here are brief descriptions of each, in alphabetical
Arkansas - 21C Network is based upon an initiative between
the Yale School of the 21st Century Program and Winthrop
Rockefeller Foundation in Arkansas.
initiative is designed to broaden the creation and implementation
of The School of the 21st Century program in schools
across Arkansas, providing quality childcare and learning
opportunities for children throughout the state.
The Edward Zigler
Center in Child Development and Social Policy
of the School of the 21st Century is coordinated by
the Zigler Center.
The Zigler Center was founded in 1978 to bring current research knowledge about child development into the policy arena, with the goal of improving the lives of America's children and families through informed public policy.
The Zigler Center conveys to policy-makers and the public
what is known about the developmental needs of children,
analyzes current and proposed policies affecting children
and families, conducts policy-related research in child
development, trains young researchers in the various
processes through which policy decisions are made and
in disseminating their research, and mounts large scale
initiatives to solve identified problems of children
and families, such as the unmet need for high quality,
affordable child care.
School of the 21st Century works well with other school-reform
programs. One such collaboration is the Comer/Zigler
Initiative (CoZi). This initiative is a combination
James P. Comer's School Development Program (SDP)
and Dr. Edward F. Zigler's School of the 21st Century
(21C). CoZi offers a set of comprehensive family support
services linked to the school through a child-centered,
collaborative decision-making structure.
are many models around the nation that aim to integrate
services at the school site to better meet the needs
of children and families. Often these services are co-located
rather than coordinated. CoZi is unique because it includes
the organizational plan of the School Development Program.
This provides a ready mechanism to bring all the adults
in the community -- teachers, parents, childcare, and
service providers -- to the same table, where they can
plan together and share information in a comprehensive
way. The guiding principles of the SDP and 21C encourage
the forging of a common mission, which keeps the child's
development at the heart of all planning and decision-making.