Results by Term: Program Delivery/Partners

COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Promise Neighborhoods 2020-2022

Author: Jillian Spindle and Lori Nathanson | Year of Publication: 2023

A Promise Neighborhood is a place-based, collective impact approach to improving results for children and families. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Promise Neighborhoods were uniquely positioned to provide on-the-ground community response. They were partners to government, philanthropies, businesses, and community institutions in reaching students, parents, and neighbors with essential emergency services and vital information. This paper explores Promise Neighborhoods’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrates that investing in Promise Neighborhoods produces more than academic results; it ensures critical community infrastructure is available during times of crisis.

Promise Neighborhoods as a Platform for Advancing Racial Equity

Author: Anand Sharma | Year of Publication: 2021

Leaders of Promise Neighborhoods and similar place-based initiatives must work to address racial disparities if they are to improve and sustain positive and equitable outcomes for children and young people on a large scale. This brief argues that Promise Neighborhoods, and similarly structured initiatives, are uniquely positioned to serve as a platform—or launching point—for advancing racial equity. 

Taking Promise Neighborhoods to the State Level: Lessons from California and Minnesota

Author: Alyse D. Oneto and Megan Gallagher | Year of Publication: 2020

This brief highlights Promise Neighborhoods grantees that are developing partnerships to extend their impact beyond their neighborhoods to the state level. The brief explores how partnerships in California and Minnesota have established shared goals, invested their time and resources to achieve their goals, and engaged with new stakeholders to build a broader coalition.

Promoting Sustainability for Promise Neighborhood Grantees: Understanding Needs and Strategies

Author: Sharon Deich, Heather Padgette, and Meghan Neary | Year of Publication: 2020

This brief summarizes findings and recommendations from a needs assessment undertaken to help Promise Neighborhoods grantees and their technical assistance partners understand how the sites are approaching sustainability. The brief also reviews the financial landscape of Promise Neighborhoods grantees.

Advancing Results Through Case Managers

Author: Mica O'Brien and Sarah Gillespie | Year of Publication: 2020

Case managers are a central component of Promise Neighborhoods, a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides cradle-to-career services and supports to young people and families with low incomes. This brief explores the role of case managers, who coordinate delivery of services and interventions to some students and families, among Promise Neighborhoods, highlighting cross-cutting practices, and trends across 12 current grantees and 1 former grantee.

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

Author: PolicyLink | Year of Publication: 2016

With support from Citi Foundation, PolicyLink and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) joined forces with five PNI communities (Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; Chula Vista, California; Orlando, Florida; and Indianola, Mississippi) to design and carry out strategies for embedding financial security into their pipelines of supports. The collaborative effort set out to embed the concepts of budgeting, emergency savings, saving for college, and credit access, into existing PNI programs.

Understanding Federal Tools for Building Youth and Family Financial Capability

Author: PolicyLink | Year of Publication: 2016

On March 29, 2016, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted a webinar to discuss strategies to use federal tools to build youth and family financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods. Anamita Gall (ICF International) and Dr. Deborah Moore (Indianola Promise Community) shared best practices for using federal tools, such as the Assets for Independence Initiative, to break the cycle of generational poverty, ensure students live in stable communities, and integrate financial capability services into Promise Neighborhoods strategies to improve outcomes for all underserved children and their families.

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

Author: PolicyLink | Year of Publication: 2016

Parent and community engagement is critical to achieving and sustaining Promise Neighborhoods results. Research demonstrates children whose parents are involved in their reading and learning are more likely to have stronger academic performances and fewer absences.

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Performance and School Attendance

Author: PolicyLink | Year of Publication: 2016

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. 

Using Data to Make a Difference for Boston-Area Students At Risk of Homelessness

Author: Mary Bogle, Katya Abazajian | Year of Publication: 2016

This Urban Wire blog post details how a Boston- area Promise Initiative used data to promote academic success and to fight homelessness.