Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity

Overview

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure, and stagnant wages have deep implications on both the prosperity and the health of families. With the housing market failing to serve the vast majority of Americans, PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation partnered to develop a new equity framework that highlights how the confluence of health and housing can potentially drive better outcomes in both fields. The groundbreaking report, "Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges," weaves together insights from health, housing, and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

This webinar, hosted by PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation, discusses post-recession housing challenges facing households in America, and the housing policy priorities that would create smarter, healthier, resilient, inclusive communities. The webinar featured national leaders focused on how thoughtful, coordinated investments can shape the next generation of healthy communities.

Understanding Federal Tools to Build Youth and Family Financial Capability

Overview

On Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m.EST, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted a webinar that lifted up strategies to utilize federal tools to build youth and family financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods. We were joined by Anamita Gall (ICF International) and Dr. Deborah Moore (Indianola Promise Community), who shared best practices for using federal tools, such as the Assets for Independence Initiative, to: break the cycle of generational poverty, ensure that students live in stable communities, and integrate financial capability services into Promise Neighborhoods strategies to improve outcomes for all underserved children and their families.

Supporting Age-Appropriate Functioning in Promise Neighborhoods (GPRA 2)

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This webinar features best-practices and effective strategies Promise Neighborhoods are using to promote the age-appropriate functioning of young children in their communities. In doing so, this webinar aims to equip Promise Neighborhoods and other community leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources to turn the curve on the baseline indicator for GPRA 2: the number and percentage of three year-olds and children entering kindergarten who demonstrate age-appropriate functioning. The following experts are featured on this webinar: 
-Michelle Palo, Project Services Director, Northside Achievement Zone 
-Andre Dukes, Family Academy Director, Northside Achievement Zone 
-Maureen Seiwert, NAZ Early Childhood Action Team Co-Leader, Executive Dir. of Early Childhood Education for Minneapolis Public Schools 
-Dianne Haulcy, NAZ Early Childhood Action Team Co-Leader, Office of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Achieving Youth Financial Capability in Promise Neighborhoods (GPRA 11)

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During this webinar, Margaret Libby (MyPath) discussed national data and best practices to secure financial capability for underserved youth. Martha Nemecek (Youth Policy Institute) lifted asset-building strategies to build and sustain youth financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods.

Aligning Staff with Data Systems

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During this webinar, Caitlin Smith (Social Solutions) presented updates to the PNI Impact Report and answered related questions. Jose Mireles and Monica Martin (Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood) shared strategies to align programmatic staff and external partners with the framework and activities required to secure high-quality collection, input, management, and reporting, of data

Sustaining Parent Engagement throughout the Cradle-to-Career Continuum (GPRAs 12-14)

Overview

Parent and community engagement is critical to achieving and sustaining Promise Neighborhoods results. Moreover, research demonstrates that children whose parents are involved in their reading and learning are more likely to have stronger academic performances and fewer absences. During this webinar, Marilyn Joseph (Harlem Children’s Zone) and Alysha Price and Michelle Martin (Northside Achievement Zone) lifted up strategies to ensure that parents are: reading to their children, preparing them for college and career success, and equipped with the skills and access needed to meaningfully contribute to the achievement of results at every stage of the cradle to career continuum (GPRAs 12-14).

Leveraging Policy Advocacy to Keep Students Healthy

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The capacity to leverage policy advocacy and systems change is critical to scaling up and sustaining efforts to ensure that youth living in Promise Neighborhoods are healthy and connected to the necessary services and supports to prepare them for college and career success. During this webinar, Rosa Ramirez Richter (Healthy Schools Campaign) discussed best practices to achieve healthy nutrition and active living through policy advocacy and will highlight successful efforts in Chicago to build a parent-driven coalition that successfully reforms food and wellness policies at the district-level. Mk Nguyen (St. Paul Promise Neighborhood) and Patrick Ness (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation) shared St. Paul Promise Neighborhood’s successful efforts to achieve and sustain Promise Neighborhoods results by: building a diverse and effective coalition, partnering with community residents, and forging strong relationships with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.

Building Out a Successful Case Management System

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A robust case management system is critical to tracking progress and improving outcomes for children and their families, along the cradle-to-career continuum. During this webinar, Mary Bogle (Urban Institute), Tara Watford (Youth Policy Institute), and Karin Scott (Indianola Promise Community) shared best practices for building a case management system that is: rooted in the Results-Based Accountability framework, tracks participation and performance, provides the opportunity to course-correct, and drives Promise Neighborhoods and their partners towards the achievement of a common set of results and indicators. 

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Proficiency and Chronic Absenteeism

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Exposure to a traumatic event places a young person at risk of: a lower reading proficiency, a lower grade-point average, and more days of school absences. Throughout their lifetimes, many young students living in underserved communities will experience one or more traumatic events-putting them at risk of chronic absenteeism and lower academic proficiency. During this webinar, Sue Fothergill (Attendance Works) and Rachel Donegan (Baltimore Promise Neighborhood) discussed: the impact of traumatic events on a student’s learning and trauma-informed strategies to improve academic and attendance outcomes for students living in Promise Neighborhoods.

Connecting Young Children to a Medical Home

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A webinar hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, provides an overview of the importance of a medical home and strategies that Promise Neighborhoods are using to connect young children to a medical home.

Promoting Academic Proficiency in Promise Neighborhoods

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Academic achievement is vital to children's educational attainment and economic well-being. Please join the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink for a webinar lifting up best-practices and approaches to improve academic proficiency rates in Promise Neighborhoods communities (GPRA 4). We'll hear from the following experts: 
 
- Sherry Taubert, Project Director, Berea Promise Neighborhood 
- Christina Theokas, PhD, Director of Research, Education Trust

Building the Capacity of Educators and Service Providers to Support Black Male Achievement

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This webinar, hosted by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, lifts up professional development programs being implemented in Promise Neighborhoods to effectively promote the academic achievement of low-income children of color, with a focus on black boys and young men. 
 
The webinar focuses on the work the Northside Achievement Zone has done in partnership with the Innocence Classroom program to build the capacity of educators and service-providers to achieve results for black boys and young men and offers guidance for other communities interested conducting this work. 
 
Speakers include:
 
-Samuel Sinyangwe, Program Coordinator, PNI at PolicyLink 
-Alexs Pate, Director, Innocence Classroom 
-Jaimee Bohning, Education Director, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
-Hope Lockett, NAZ Expanded Learning Strategist 
-ShaVonda Allen, NAZ School-Based Strategy Manager

Virtual Meeting: The Foundations of School Readiness

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A community of practice discussion for Promise Neighborhoods on the 'Foundations of School Readiness' hosted by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and featuring experts from ZERO TO THREE. 
 
Presenters include: 
* Samuel Sinyangwe with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink
* Jodi Whiteman, ZERO TO THREE, and
* Valerie Dawkins Krajec ZERO TO THREE

The Foundations of School Readiness

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Learning doesn't begin when children start school, it begins at birth. By the time children have turned three, they have already begun to lay the foundation for the skills and abilities that will help them succeed in school. This early path to school readiness unfolds in everyday moments. 
 
This webinar explores the foundations of school readiness by: 
 
-Identifying the core information about how children develop school readiness skills 
 
-Discussing strategies for parents, caregivers, and professionals that can nurture and support these skills in young children.

Best-Practices to Foster School Readiness

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Communities, programs, providers and families play critical roles in helping children get ready for school. How very young children are cared for teaches them how to interact with the world and profoundly shapes who they will become. This webinar will explore best practices to support school readiness for very young children.

Building Infrastructure to Support Cross Sector Integration in Early Childhood Work

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This webinar, hosted by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, lifts up how Hayward Promise Neighborhood and other communities are building cohesive systems that coordinate and align services to ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to success in school.

Virtual Meeting: Supporting Cross-Sector Integration in Early Childhood Work: Community of Practice Meeting

Webinar - Youth, Family, and Community Engagement in Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

This webinar features best-practices and effective strategies Promise Neighborhoods are using to promote the age-appropriate functioning of young children in their communities. In doing so, this webinar aims to equip Promise Neighborhoods and other community leaders with the knowledge, tools, and resources to turn the curve on the baseline indicator for GPRA 2: the number and percentage of three year-olds and children entering kindergarten who demonstrate age-appropriate functioning. The following experts are featured on this webinar: 
- Michelle Palo, Project Services Director, Northside Achievement Zone 
- Andre Dukes, Family Academy Director, Northside Achievement Zone 
- Maureen Seiwert, NAZ Early Childhood Action Team Co-Leader, Executive Dir. of Early Childhood Education for Minneapolis Public Schools 
- Dianne Haulcy, NAZ Early Childhood Action Team Co-Leader, Office of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Promise Neighborhoods Federal Policy Webinar

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This presentation provides an update on Promise Neighborhoods appropriations and legislation, reviews the In-District Meeting Guide, and makes suggestions for advocacy. There is no webinar recording available, so please contact us for more information.

Race to the Top District-Level Funding – Partnering with STRIVE and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink

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Race to the Top - District Funding partnering with STRIVE and Promise Neighborhoods Institute.

Partnership: Partnership Requirements, Principles, and Accountabilities

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You'll gain a deeper understanding of partnerships as:

  • Existing along a continuum that runs from holding maximum control within the lead agency to more shared decisionmaking
  • Including everything from informal, emerging collaborative efforts all the way to sophisticated, mature, formalized bodies
  • Representative of the community, include a wide range of voices, and enable residents to have an active role in decisionmaking
  •  Successful when the lead agency creates and sustains an environment of trust and ensures collective accountability for specific desired results

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Arlene Lee, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Kate Shoemaker, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Latasha Morgan, Director of After School Programs, Harlem Children’s Zone

Partnership: Partnership Day-to-day Management and Decision-making

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about

  • Management structures, processes and tools useful in working with partners
  • Aligning multiple components: managing complex interactions within and across organizations and communities, and using what you learn to adapt and refine your approach
  • Creating a culture of performance and accountability within the lead agency and across partners for successful management

Host:

  • Bill Shepardson, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Theresa Fujiwara, Strategy & Policy Advisor at the White Center Community Development Association and former Making Connections site liaison, 
  • Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Operating Officer, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Erica Terrell, Program Director, Harlem Children’s Zone

Community Engagement: Strategic Ways to Engage the Community: Working with Families and Communities to Improve Outcomes for Children

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about how family and community engagement in education is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community organizations engage families in meaningful ways, and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development is effective when it is continuous from birth to young adulthood, and occurs across multiple settings where children learn.

Host:

  • Kay Fernandez Smith, PolicyLink

Guests:

  • Sarah Jonas, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools
  • Marlene Fox, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Kaaryn Nailor, Harlem Children’s Zone

Community Engagement: Developing Leadership Capacity Within the Community

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to to engage residents and develop community leaders, know best what’s needed in the community, lend legitimacy and credibility to local efforts, have staying power, have important strengths to contribute and can help hold parties accountable for results.

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Nilofer Ahsan, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Marlene Fox, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Kaaryn Nailor, Harlem Children’s Zone

Finance & Sustainability: Program Financing for Sustainability

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to develop a strategic financing plan to sustain your community's work and increase its impact:

  • Understanding the array of resources that need to be mobilized for sustainability
  • Develop clarity on what you want to sustain and the costs involved
  • Mapping and analyzing current funding and identify gaps
  • Assessing and prioritizing potential federal, state, local and private funding opportunities

Host:

  • Michael McAfee, Promise Neighborhoods Institute

Guests:

  • Cheri Hayes, The Finance Project
  • Debbie Kim, Harlem Children’s Zone

Finance & Sustainability: Program Growth and Development

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to create a strategic business plan that is clear about how many children and families must be served over time to achieve desired results, based on a set of assumptions about how interventions will be expanded over time, estimates naturally escalating and new programs costs for staff and infrastructure, presents costs in different ways (e.g., by result area, intervention, cost per participant, etc.) and estimates short and long term funding gaps

Host:

  • Kate Shoemaker, Harlem Children's Zone

Guests:

  • Michael Etzel, Bridgespan
  • Tracey K. Costello, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Margo Wright, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Lauren Scopaz, Harlem Children’s Zone

Data: Gathering and Using Data for Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn howNavigate collecting data for the Promise Neighborhoods indicators Better understand needs assessment and segmentation analysis

Host:

  • Frank Farrow, The Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Jennifer Comey, Urban Institute
  • Steve Spiker, Urban Strategies Council

Data: Designing a Longitudinal Data System

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about a model to developing a platform for community data sharing and use Strategies for Addressing FERPA and HIPAA when designing a longitudinal data system

Host:

  • Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

Guests:

  • Vanessa Bekkouche-Samuelson, Information Coordinator, The Providence Plan
  • Steve Winnick, Attorney, Education Counsel 

  • Jon Neiditz, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Data: Using Data for Planning, Implementation, and Community Accountability

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A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about using data for program improvement, building capacity to increase accountability in a diverse community collaborative and results-based accountability that helps leaders and organizations plan; choose realistic, goals; implement effective strategies; and identify clear benchmarks by which to measure success.

Host:

  • Betina Jean-Louis, Director, Evaluation, Harlem Children's Zone

Guests:

  • Shana Brodnax, Senior Manager, Early Childhood Programs, Harlem Children's Zone
  • Sebastian Schreiner, Former Data and Evaluation Coordinator, Making Connections San Antonio

Data: Results-Driven Partnerships with Traditional Public Schools

Overview

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about how schools, school districts and partners.

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Bill Shepardson, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Jazmine Lewis, Program Director, The Harlem Children’s Zone