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PNI Cradle to Career Act One Pager

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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Some Considerations Pertinent to a Promise Neighborhoods National Evaluation

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...

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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.

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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...

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Webinars | 2014

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...

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Tools | 2014

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. 

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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.

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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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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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Part I: Creating the Foundation to Accelerate Results for Black Males

Part I is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods systematically identify and address barriers to improve the outcomes of black male children in their communities. It offers step-by-step instructions for assessing their needs and recommends a results-based framework for using this information to make a positive impact in their lives, from cradle to college to career. In doing so, this document...

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Categories: Early Learning

Early Childhood Solutions in Promise Neighborhoods

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.

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The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives

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...

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Categories: Communications

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

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...

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Guidance Document

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...

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

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...

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Categories: Capacity Building
Tools | 2012

Capacity-Building Toolkit Manual: Planning Back-Office Supports for Growing Promise Neighborhoods

Created on behalf of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink by Frontline Solutions and BCT Partners, this tool is specifically designed for organizations in Promise Neighborhoods to help craft realistic visions and budgets for the back-office needs of managing their work. This tool provides adaptable guidance to better estimate staffing and financial needs during the three- to...

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2012

Maximizing the Results Scorecard

Designed by Clear Impact and based on the principles of Mark Friedman's Results-Based Accountability™ framework, the Results Scorecard™ helps Promise Neighborhoods leaders to collaborate, make data-driven decisions, and align the performance of their programs and initiatives with the impact that they create in the community. 

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Webinars | 2011

Partnership: Partnership Requirements, Principles, and Accountabilities

You'll gain a deeper understanding of partnerships as:

  • Existing along a continuum that runs from holding maximum control within the lead agency to more shared decisionmaking
  • Including everything from informal, emerging collaborative efforts all the way to sophisticated, mature, formalized bodies
  • Representative of the community, include a wide range of voices, and enable residents to have an...
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Webinars | 2011

Partnership: Partnership Day-to-day Management and Decision-making

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about

  • Management structures, processes and tools useful in working with partners
  • Aligning multiple components: managing complex interactions within and across organizations and communities, and using what you learn to adapt and refine your approach
  • Creating a culture of performance and accountability within...
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Webinars | 2011

Community Engagement: Strategic Ways to Engage the Community: Working with Families and Communities to Improve Outcomes for Children

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about how family and community engagement in education is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community organizations engage families in meaningful ways, and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development is effective when it is continuous from...

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Webinars | 2011

Community Engagement: Developing Leadership Capacity Within the Community

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to to engage residents and develop community leaders, know best what’s needed in the community, lend legitimacy and credibility to local efforts, have staying power, have important strengths to contribute and can help hold parties accountable for results.

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

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  • Nilofer...
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Finance & Sustainability: Program Financing for Sustainability

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to develop a strategic financing plan to sustain your community's work and increase its impact:

  • Understanding the array of resources that need to be mobilized for sustainability
  • Develop clarity on what you want to sustain and the costs involved
  • Mapping and analyzing current funding and identify...
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Finance & Sustainability: Program Growth and Development

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn how to create a strategic business plan that is clear about how many children and families must be served over time to achieve desired results, based on a set of assumptions about how interventions will be expanded over time, estimates naturally escalating and new programs costs for staff and infrastructure,...

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Data: Gathering and Using Data for Needs Assessment and Segmentation Analysis

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn howNavigate collecting data for the Promise Neighborhoods indicators Better understand needs assessment and segmentation analysis

Host:

  • Frank Farrow, The Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Jennifer Comey, Urban Institute
  • Steve Spiker, Urban Strategies Council
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Data: Designing a Longitudinal Data System

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about a model to developing a platform for community data sharing and use Strategies for Addressing FERPA and HIPAA when designing a longitudinal data system

Host:

  • Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

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  • Vanessa Bekkouche-Samuelson, Information Coordinator, The Providence Plan
  • Steve Winnick, Attorney, Education...
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Data: Using Data for Planning, Implementation, and Community Accountability

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about using data for program improvement, building capacity to increase accountability in a diverse community collaborative and results-based accountability that helps leaders and organizations plan; choose realistic, goals; implement effective strategies; and identify clear benchmarks by which to measure...

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I Promise Video Campaign - Jean Kennedy

What’s your vision of a Promise Neighborhood? What’s your personal promise to make that vision a reality? We asked these questions to people just like you for the "I Promise" Video Campaign. The responses we heard were moving and inspirational. Listen to the promises they shared -- and consider what you can do to help make your community a Promise Neighborhood.

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I Promise Video Campaign - Dana Richardson

What’s your vision of a Promise Neighborhood? What’s your personal promise to make that vision a reality? We asked these questions to people just like you for the "I Promise" Video Campaign. The responses we heard were moving and inspirational. Listen to the promises they shared -- and consider what you can do to help make your community a Promise Neighborhood.

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Tools | 2011

Cradle to Career Directions

PNI has developed two templates to assist you in representing your cradle-to-career infrastructure and the results you are achieving for children because of it. We envision that this will be an especially useful tool for sustainability. This set of tools includes (1) an aggregate snapshot of your pipeline, and (2) a general template that will be used to dive deeply into results/work associated...

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Tools | 2011

Cradle to Career Templates

PNI has developed two templates to assist you in representing your cradle-to-career infrastructure and the results you are achieving for children because of it. We envision that this will be an especially useful tool for sustainability. This set of tools includes (1) an aggregate snapshot of your pipeline, and (2) a general template that will be used to dive deeply into results/work associated...

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