Choosing a Data System for your Promise Neighborhood


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


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


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


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


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. 


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


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


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


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


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.

A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results


This important tool was developed to help Promise Neighborhood communities and the field at large better understand the external conditions and developmental milestones that are needed to build the cradle to career continuum and to achieve the goals/outcomes set forth in Promise Neighborhoods. The tool illustrates the developmental pathways necessary to achieve the Promise Neighborhoods vision.

Profile: Corbin Hill Food Project


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.

See photos here.

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


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


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


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


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.

The Foundations of School Readiness


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.

Virtual Meeting: The Foundations of School Readiness


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

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


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

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research


A new joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust, Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research, underscores Health Equity and Place as the foundation necessary for reaping the positive benefits associated with healthy food. (Full report)