The purpose of a school report card is to keep parents informed about their children’s educational progress, to highlight the students’ strengths and describe actions to improve on any weaknesses. As a tool for giving us direction, The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) produced a report card for our community.

CCTT is a regional partnership of over 40 advocates and service providers representing health, education and social services in our community. They present a united voice for regional health and human services, and bring this voice to the community and county agencies. In 2005, the collaborative obtained a grant from the S.H. Cowell Foundation to develop a regional report card, a tool to present a current snapshot of our community, identify successes and gaps in services within our region, to establish regional baseline data, and to inspire action to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents and future generations.

More than 80 community members and agencies convened to identify focus areas and indicators such as population, race, economics, and education and the focus areas of economic well-being, education and health. The Tahoe Truckee community report card indicates a growing disparity between those who have access to resources and basic needs in our community, and those who are struggling with multiple jobs, transportation, education, and lack childcare. It clearly shows the challenges we must address to have a healthy community.

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How can we translate the information presented in this report into action? What inspires you to take action as an individual, a family member, with your organization, and for your community? A simple first step is to join Stephanie Rogerson, the Director of CCTT for a North Tahoe/Truckee Community Report Card meeting. On Tuesday, January 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. the meeting is at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center, 11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, and on Wednesday, February 6, another one is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kings Beach Elementary School Gym, 8125 Steelhead Road. There will be a review of the report and a look at the next steps to take action. Translation will be available at the meetings and both the report card and Powerpoint are available in English and in Spanish. The report card is also available online and at partner non-profit agencies and organizations. communitycollaborative.org, 530-587-8322.

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