Early Childhood Solutions in Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

This paper describes the early childhood solutions that the five 2011 Promise Neighborhoods implementation sites put in place in the first year of their five-year grants. This brief is part of a series, Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs, which provides guidance on aspects of Promise Neighborhoods.

Know Your Message: A Guide to Media and Communications from the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink

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Download our guide to media and communications, with helpful talking points for talking to funders, the media, residents, and community groups about your Promise Neighborhood effort.

The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives

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This publication from PolicyLink, the Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership, and the West Coast Collaborative, and authored by William R. Potapchuk, demonstrates that community schools offer a powerful vision and strategy for what schools should look like within broader place-based initiatives and how community schools can benefit from alignment with other efforts like Promise Neighborhoods and other cradle-to-career, place-based strategies.

Guidance Document

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The Urban Institute’s document, Measuring Performance: A Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods on Collecting Data and Reporting Results, provides comprehensive guidance on data collection strategies, sources, and methods for the field, as well as important clarity around the US Department of Education’s required indicators for Promise Neighborhoods sites.

This document is key to the larger field of place-based efforts, helping to coordinate our efforts, regardless of specific initiative, and develop high-quality, consistent processes that get results for children and families in communities across the country.

California Unincorporated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley (Technical Guide)

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This technical guide provides a step-by-step detailed account of technical mapping methods and additional sources for data, and will help those interested in replicating this model.

California Unincorporated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley

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Describes new methods for identifying, measuring, and mapping disadvantaged unincorporated communities and a first account of the findings from applying these new methods to the San Joaquin Valley.

Improving Media Coverage and Public Perceptions of African-American Men and Boys

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The Opportunity Agenda crafted messaging advice for changing media coverage and public perceptions of African-American men and boys based on existing research and years of work at the intersection of media, communications and racial justice.

This memo is intended to assist those working to reduce stereotypes and expand opportunity for black males as well as those concerned with journalistic excellence and socially responsible entertainment media.

Change is needed in these areas because research and experience find persistently distorted media depictions of black males that contribute to negative stereotypes, unfair treatment, and unequal opportunity in areas ranging from employment to education to criminal justice and beyond. 

Community-Based Participatory Research: A Strategy for Building Healthy Communities and Promoting Health through Policy Change

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Combines lessons and best practices from around the country with insights drawn from case studies, provides background and context, along with promising practices and sample resources and tools to assist local leaders in planning their own CB PR-inspired projects.

Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (Full Report)

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A vibrant movement is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country. The recent recession affected many low income communities -- taking with it manufacturing centers, jobs, and people while leaving behind abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now a new crop of urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning that land into productive use and turning around their communities.

Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (Summary)

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Summarizes a vibrant movement that is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country—urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning vacant and abandoned land into productive use and turning around their communities.

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Developing a Scope of Work to Maximize Equitable Outcomes

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Outlines primary issues for consideration by HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grantees to help activate a process that can inform future housing and infrastructure investment decisions.

Immigrant Integration: Integrating New Americans and Building Sustainable Communities

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Profiles immigrants in this country, places the immigrant integration opportunity in the broader context of a changing country, and concludes with recommendations for local agencies to better incorporate diverse immigrant communities into planning and other processes that make our regions run.

Healthy Corridor for All: A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Responding to community concerns, the Healthy Corridor for All Health Impact Assessment (HIA) project was launched to understand the potential impacts of the proposed transit-oriented land use changed on the communities that live in the Central Corridor.

Fostering Equitable Foreclosure Recovery

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Informs policy discussions about foreclosure recovery, describes the federal program created to help communities recover, shares case studies of efforts in three regions in the Northwest, and suggests policy recommendations for ensuring equitable recovery and building a more just system of housing finance for future generations.

Buy Newark: Adopting a Comprehensive Buy-Local Strategy for the City of Newark

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Outlines various recommendations to better steer a portion of the enormous purchasing power in Newark, NJ, toward local, small, and minority- and women-owned businesses, which can result in substantial local economic impacts that would benefit a broad and deep cross-section of Newark residents.

Promise Neighborhoods Program: Implementation Grant-writing Guide

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This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grant and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.

Promise Neighborhoods Program: Planning Grant-writing Guide

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This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.

Successful Research Collaborations: Rules of Engagement for Community-based Organizations

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This paper aims to provide guidelines for CBOs, and in particular Promise Neighborhood lead organizations, to consider when working with external evaluators and researchers. At the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®), we have learned many lessons over more than 30 years of collaborating with researchers. In this paper, we offer our perspective to other CBOs, in an attempt to share the knowledge we have gathered with those newer to the process.

Three Ways to Expand Learning

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This brief includes three schedules from ExpandED Schools, highlighting the new classes, supports, and activities available to students thanks to the longer day and community assets in the school.

Why Place & Race Matter (Full Report)

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Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Executive Summary)

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Summarizes the report that delves in detail into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Spanish Version - Full Report)

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Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Spanish Executive Summary)

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Summarizes the report that delves in detail into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline

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Describes three dozen strategies communities can use to reclaim foreclosed properties, encourage positive reinvestment, and stabilize their neighborhoods and also details how many of these approaches are already at work in Minnesota and across the country.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities - Expanded Version

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Helps advocates, policymakers, community-based organizations, residents, and other stakeholders replicate and create successful models for ensuring that all communities have access to healthy food and the wide range of benefits it brings.

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

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The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Opportunity-Rich Schools and Sustainable Communities

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This document, created by the Urban Institute, explores seven steps to align high-quality education with innovations in city and metropolitan planning and development.

Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians: Policies that Prepare the Workforce for Middle-Skill Infrastructure Jobs

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Examines the growing demand for "middle-skill" jobs, highlights job opportunity expansion programs, examines challenges facing low-income people and communities of color, and offers recommendations to help California improve its community college system.

The New Orleans Index at Five: Reviewing Key Reforms After Hurricane Katrina

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Describes promising equity- and community-driven developments, identifies the history of the challenge by outlining key trends in housing and community development, and describes the rise of strong community-based groups that are working to revive key neighborhoods.

Expanding Opportunity: Employing the Formerly Incarcerated in the Green Economy

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Provides information to enable efficient and equitable hiring of people with criminal records using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds; also provides a resource for community organizations and advocates working to promote fair opportunities for people with criminal records within the emerging green sector.

The President's 2011 Budget: Creating Communities of Opportunity

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Analyzes the 2011 budget in the context of three broad approaches: making all neighborhoods stable, healthy and livable; linking people to opportunities; and enabling all to live near regional opportunity.

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

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Presents the most comprehensive review of studies of Health Equity and Place and its impacts -- 132 studies conducted in the United States in the past 20 years.

The 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

Overview

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

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Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

Promise Neighborhoods: A Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Opportunity for All Children

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This is a good example of a fact sheet to include with materials about your Promise Neighborhood to show funders, politicians, and stakeholders.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

Overview

Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

The Promise of a Healthy California: Overcoming the Barriers for Men and Boys of Color

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Looks at the context of California's systemic failures, details lessons gleaned from research, explores the process for developing public will for change, argues for place-based solutions, highlights successful practices, and makes recommendations for policy change and intervention.

An Engine of Opportunity: A User's Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

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This report by PolicyLink and the Transportation Equity Network, provides a roadmap for advocates to ensure stimulus-funded public transportation projects bring hope and economic opportunity to millions of Americans hit “first and worstâ€ù by the economic downturn. The report shows advocates how they can push local, state, and federal leaders to make fair and just transportation investments in low-income communities and communities of color.

Inclusion in the Workforce: Positioning the Pittsburgh Region to Prosper and Compete

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Analyzes racial disparities in employment in the Pittsburgh region, reviews the critical role that a diverse workforce plays in improving economic competitiveness, and features numerous recommendations on how the Pittsburgh region can work to remove structural and attitudinal barriers to reduce its racial employment disparity.

Healthy Food For All: Building Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems in Detroit and Oakland

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Shows that although our food system is unhealthy and unsustainable, successes driven by residents and advocates are cropping up  -- proving that the movement for equitable access to healthy food is gaining strength every day.

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