Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

Overview

This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated with lack of academic and family supports, as well as the compounded effects of concentrated poverty and financial instability in communities.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

Overview

Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

Promise Neighborhood Target Setting Guidance

Overview

The Urban Institute has developed this target setting document for the U.S. Department of Education as supplement to their data Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods. It identifies data sources, considerations, and methods sites may consider when setting targets for the 15 Promise Neighborhood GPRA indicators.

PNI Cradle to Career Act One Pager

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

Some Considerations Pertinent to a Promise Neighborhoods National Evaluation

Overview

This document describes some of the key issues to be considered in undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the performance and impact of the Promise Neighborhoods grantees at large. It provides the perspective of organizations who are working at the corner of evaluation and practice—seeking to improve the outcomes for poor children and families and to understand the most effective ways of measuring results.

Choosing a Data System for your Promise Neighborhood

Overview

This guide contains a set of suggested critical criteria, functions, and guiding questions to use in order to review potential database vendors. These guidelines are intended to be a starting point for community discussions about data systems, and can be altered to reflect the specific needs of a Promise Neighborhood.

Education Success Strategies Launched in Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Sites in Year 1

Overview

This issue brief describes the education success solutions that the 2011 Promise Neighborhoods implementation sites put in place during the first year (2012) 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.

Part II: Ensuring Black Males are Successful Early Readers

Overview

Part II provides best practices, tools, and resources to support black boys, from birth through third grade, to become successful early readers. In total, this series comprises a guide that is geared toward using the Promise Neighborhoods model to coordinate educational, health, and community supports to help children succeed from the cradle to college to career.

Promise Neighborhoods Talking Points

Overview

This guide has a series of talking points to help you make your case for continued support for Promise Neighborhoods. The talking points address federal funding to date, the reasons for continued investment, and information about Promise Neighborhood efforts.

Promise Zones

Overview

Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
9:30am-12:30pm ET
Columbus Club at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

2/4 EVENT ADVISORY: Key Obama Admin Leaders Talk Poverty with PolicyLink

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, February 4, PolicyLink will host “Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty.”  PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell will be in conversation with Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about federal place-based programs as an effective means of reducing inequality and lifting communities out of poverty. 

Blackwell will also interview representatives from the new Promise Zones about their local efforts to address the interconnected challenges of poverty and give their communities a fair shot at success. 

SPEAKERS:

Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink
Local Leaders from the communities recently designated as Promise Zones

Promise Zones

On January 9, 2014, President Obama named the first five sites to receive “Promise Zone”designations: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Philadelphia, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

The announcement came in a speech in which the President made it clear that Promise Zones represent the Obama administration’s pledge to work with communities to give all children in our nation the chance to succeed. Building on the success of initiatives like Promise Neighborhoods, Choice NeighborhoodsByrne Criminal Justice Innovation, and Stronger Economies Together, Promise Zones will bring together local elected leaders with leaders in business, education, housing, and other sectors, using a local plan for change in a designated area. 

Promise Zones will partner with local businesses to spur job creation, expand access to educational opportunities and affordable housing, increase economic security, and improve public safety. The five new Promise Zones have demonstrated results through one or more of the existing grant programs, and will now be able to do more to improve the lives of children and families in their communities.

PolicyLink has been honored to assist the Obama administration with its place-based initiatives, including in the outreach and development of Promise Zones,and to support several Promise Zone partners through the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and our work on affordable housing, access to healthy food, and sustainable communities. We will continue to provide insight and support to the administration, and to help these communities succeed. This is exactly the kind of action we need to reduce inequality, advance equity, and promote economic vitality for all people. 

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

Creating the Container to Achieve Results

Overview

Authored by Patton Stephens, this tool describes the stages involved in creating a container for results. Promise Neighborhoods can use a “container to achieve results” to accelerate their achievement of Promise Neighborhoods results, create a shared accountability to results, and increase partner buy-in. 

Action Commitment Form

Overview

Developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a part of their Skills to Accelerate Results leadership development program, this simple form can be used by individual members of a partnership to commit to a priority action that they will take to accelerate an agreed-upon result.

Market Creek Plaza: Toward Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change

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Details Market Creek's planning, design, and implementation process, and highlights the importance of resident involvement in this groundbreaking community development project where Market Creek Plaza, is among the nation's first real estate development projects to be designed, built, and ultimately owned by community residents.

Profile: Corbin Hill Food Project

Overview

The Corbin Hill Food Project (CHFP) is working to bridge the gap between farm communities growing local produce and city communities that want and need healthy food. By building upon food hub and community supported agriculture (CSA) retail models, CHFP connects family-owned farms upstate to black, Latino, and immigrant residents. In line with the organization’s food justice mission that incorporates healthy food advocacy and community-based programming, CHFP has created a Farm Share program that seeks to attract urban populations that are traditionally not members of CSAs.

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PNI Black Male Achievement Resource Guide Part 2: Promoting Early Reading Success

Overview

This document is Part II of a series of papers developed to help communities promote black male achievement in their neighborhoods. Part II provides best practices, tools, and resources to support black boys, from birth through third grade, to become successful early readers. In total, this series comprises a guide that is geared toward using the Promise Neighborhoods model to coordinate educational, health, and community supports to help children succeed from the cradle to college to career.

PBS-Ready to Learn Learning Correlation Guide

Overview

Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

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

Building Infrastructure to Support Cross Sector Integration in Early Childhood Work

Overview

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.

Best-Practices to Foster School Readiness

Overview

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.

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