Cradle to Career

How Social Solutions supports organizations across the US in their mission to improve outcomes for children everywhere.

The Value of Cradle to Career

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We recognize that a lifetime of success for every child starts at birth and continues until they earn gainful employment. This logic drives the documented effectiveness of the cradle to career approach to cross-sector student success. Nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental organizations innovating together to make education more equitable is integral to this approach. This requires a commitment to data to improve and manage outcomes. This is where we come in.

Why the World Needs Cradle to Career

Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills, have less parental support with homework, and deal with more emotional and social problems that interfere with learning. (source)

Only 1 in 10 youth from low-income families go on to graduate from a four-year college, compared with 28% of youth from middle-income families and 50% of youth from high-income families. (source)

Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are 4x more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this include unstable housing, unreliable transportation, and a lack of access to health care. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. (source)

High school dropouts are more than 8x as likely to commit crimes and serve prison time. (source)

Ballmer Group's Commitment to Social Solutions

Ballmer Group has made a commitment to Social Solutions to improve economic mobility for American families. The commitment delivers the development resources necessary to make Social Solutions’ industry-leading case management solution, Apricot 360, available at an affordable price. In addition, the commitment is accelerating the development of Social Solutions’ case management software with new features that will give administrators a 360-degree view of a child’s journey. From cradle to career, Apricot 360’s advanced analytics and reporting provide a well-rounded solution for enabling equity of opportunity.

How Social Solutions Supports Cradle to Career


Social Solutions aims to empower economic mobility in communities which are rarely given the chance to realize the American dream. We understand that the most effective way to achieve this goal is through equitable and impactful education, measured and improved by effective participant data. With this in mind, Apricot 360 was designed with one-of-a-kind features that will revolutionize how organizations enable opportunities for all.

Advanced reporting

Track attendance, grades, behavior data, and other important information to ensure that all students are receiving the resources they need to succeed. Apricot 360 runs reports using aggregated data specific to the nonprofit space – not just a generic algorithm – to provide prescriptive feedback to help both individual students and collective classes improve performance.

Predictive Models

Advanced advanced analytics means that the information Apricot 360 gives you is not one-dimensional. Instead of simply reporting on attendance as a whole, you will receive alerts from the analytics engine on specific at-risk students and recommendations for actions you can take to improve their outcomes.


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Ballmer Group

Ballmer Group supports efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionaly likely to remain in poverty. Read more about Ballmer Group.

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