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Integrating Family Financial Security into Cradle-to-Career Pipelines: Learning Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods

More than 14 million American children are caught in poverty’s grip, lacking academic, familial, and health supports to provide them a step up into the middle class.1 Mirroring the racial wealth gap, the majority of these children come from families of color who are unable to get ahead, resulting in inadequacies that inhibit the individual child’s potential, the potential of
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Categories: Early Learning

Early Learning in Promise Neighborhoods

As Promise Neighborhoods execute strategies to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed, it is critical to examine: efforts to track and measure progress, challenges experienced, and lessons learned. Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide lifts up early learning results and identifies challenges and lessons learned for three Promise...

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Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods

Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide is a resource for Promise Neighborhoods as they work to improve college and career success for young people living in Promise Neighborhoods. It lifts up strategies to sustain postsecondary results over time and it profiles successful place-based efforts led by the Harlem Children's Zone, the Education Fund of Miami-Dade...

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Building a Culture of Results: A Guide to Emerging Practices in Promise Neighborhoods

Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this guide shares tools that Promise Neighborhoods can use to develop processes and systems to build a shared accountability structure and to achieve better results for children and families. This resource lifts up the results-driven work occurring in Hayward Promise Neighborhood, Northside Achievement Zone, Chula Vista Promise...

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The Work for Our Generation: Reimagining Communities of Opportunities for All

Published in the journal of Academic Pediatrics, this paper serves as a framing piece to ground the medical community in the current state of poverty and how it affects children and families. This resource can be utilized to help doctors and policy leaders at local, state, and national levels understand and address all the facets of childhood poverty.

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Webinars | 2016

Understanding Federal Tools to Build Youth and Family Financial Capability

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...

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Categories: Early Learning
Webinars | 2016

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

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...

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Categories: Early Learning
Video | 2016

A Look at Early Childhood in Berea College Promise Neighborhood

To illustrate the impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program's cradle-to-career approach, the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, developed a series of videos titled “Pipeline Profiles.” This video is the first in its series and highlights some of the work that the Berea College Promise Neighborhood is doing to create a strong early childhood segment of...

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Categories: College and Career
Video | 2016

A Look at College and Career in Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood

To illustrate the impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program's cradle-to-career approach, the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for the Study of Social Policy developed a series of videos titled “Pipeline Profiles.” This video is the third in its series and highlights the work that Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood is doing to leverage its community partnerships into strategies that...

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Categories: Capacity Building
Webinars | 2016

Aligning Staff with Data Systems

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

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Webinars | 2016

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

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...

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Webinars | 2016

Leveraging Policy Advocacy to Keep Students Healthy

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...

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Webinars | 2016

Building Out a Successful Case Management System

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...

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Categories: K-12
Webinars | 2016

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Proficiency and Chronic Absenteeism

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...

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Categories: K-12
Webinars | 2015

Promoting Academic Proficiency in Promise Neighborhoods

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...
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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.

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Promise Neighborhood Investment Readiness Criteria

To support sustaining local leader’s efforts, to achieve collective impact by improving the educational and developmental outcomes for poor children in America, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) is working to attract additional investment to network member’s Promise Neighborhood cradle-to-career continuum of solutions. Network members meeting ALL of the criteria described...

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Tools | Urban Institute | 2015

Preparing and Fielding High-Quality Surveys

This brief was written to help Promise Neighborhoods—and other community-based efforts—in planning, managing, and documenting their neighborhood and school surveys. It draws upon industry best practices, as well as examples from Promise Neighborhood grantees, on how to address many of the challenges faced when trying to implement quality surveys that will produce reliable data on communities.

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Categories: K-12
2015

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act is slated to replace No Child Left Behind as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Section 4624 of the Every Student Succeeds Act ("the Act") authorizes the Promise Neighborhoods program. This brief summarizes the Promise Neighborhoods activities that are authorized under the Act.

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Tools | 2015

Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader

Authored by Mark Friedman, “Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader” is a companion resource to “Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough.” Promise Neighborhoods can use this resource to strengthen their capacity to: implement a Results-Based Accountability framework, use data to improve outcomes, and learn how to use Results-Based Accountability to achieve collective impact.

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Categories: K-12
Resource Guide | Promise Neighborhoods Institute | 2014

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...
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Categories: Early Learning
Publications | ZERO TO THREE | 2014

Building the Capacity of Early Childhood Professionals E-Resource Brief

Explore ZERO TO THREE’s interactive online learning tool designed to help parents and caregivers encourage their young children's early learning. Beyond finding core information about how children develop school readiness skills the user will experience multimedia demonstrations, find fun parent-child activities, and view answers to frequently asked questions about early learning.

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Categories: Early Learning
Publications | ZERO TO THREE | 2014

Best-Practices for School Readiness E-Resource Brief

Explore the website for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, to find the latest information and research on accountability and assessment for the education of children from birth through third grade.

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Categories: K-12
Resource Guide | CPB-PBS, Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink | 2014

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.

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Categories: Early Learning
Webinars | Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink | 2014

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.

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Categories: Early Learning
Webinars | Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink | 2014

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...
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Categories: Early Learning
Webinars | 2014

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
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Categories: K-12
Webinars | 2014

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...
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CPB - PBS 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.

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PNI’s Model Legislation to support Cradle to Career Efforts

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...

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