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Collective Impact in Action

Every child deserves a Promise Neighborhood. To improve the lives of children, from cradle-to-college and career, all elements of collective impact must be put into action. By having a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a backbone organization, all children and their families will be able to live in communities of opportunity. 

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) provides resources to all communities, whether or not they have been awarded a federal grant, including technical support for planning, identifying quality approaches, building partnerships, assessing needs, and many more essentials for successfully building a cradle-to-career pipeline.  

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Building a Cradle-to-Career Continuum

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Provides a step-by-step illustration of the 10 results and 15 indicators that must be met to ensure that Promise Neighborhoods' goals are met. It also includes a list of resources that are specific to each result.


Outlines competencies needed to build a cradle-to-career continuum of programs, services, and supports. It describes intended milestones, developmental stages, and resources to help meet capacity goals.

Lists a suite of tools, webinars, and publications aimed at helping stakeholders interested in implementing cradle-to-career strategies.

Provides updates on legislative developments, commentary on educational equity, research on local and national innovations, and much more.  

Spotlight on Promise Neighborhoods

  • WEBINAR ARCHIVE -- Sanctuary Space: Creating Safe Communities For All

    Hear discussion how state and local leaders across the country are creating safer environments for vulnerable members of their communities.

    This webinar provided an overview of what sanctuary cities and sanctuary spaces are; how such spaces can make all people safer; and how leaders can create – or safeguard – sanctuary spaces in their own communities. 


  • Congress Passes the Every Student Succeeds Act, Includes Promise Neighborhoods Congress’ reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is both cause for celebration and a call to action for continued advocacy on behalf of the millions of students of color and low-income students facing discrimination, poverty, and other conditions that may limit their educational opportunity.

    Read the full statement on the blog.

  • "Equity is not a zero-sum game." Read The Curb-Cut Effect by PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell, in the most recent issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. 
  • Sign up for office hour sessions for one-on-one coaching from PNI leadership.