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Promise Neighborhoods

The Promise Neighborhoods Initiative is a federal program that supports community-driven, place-based efforts to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children in distressed communities. It is a key component of the White House  Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), an interagency federal partnership focused on empowering local communities to develop and obtain the tools and resources they need to transform neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods of opportunity that support the optimal development and well-being of children and families. 

Through support of public investment in place-based community change efforts and a unique approach to technical assistance, CSSP is committed to advancing the goals of the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. In partnership with the Department of Education, CSSP is providing training and technical assistance to build the capacity of the 2011 Promise Neighborhood grantees. Through the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, CSSP is also working with PolicyLink and the Harlem Children’s Zone to develop a community of practice and knowledge resource for the community change field.

CSSP’s Promise Neighborhood work includes:

  • Helping to ensure that a focus on results was central to the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. In Focusing on Results in Promise Neighborhoods: Recommendations for the Federal Initiative, we asserted that pursuing results allows for collaboration amongst multiple stakeholders that is focused on common goals, enables us to better target communities in need, ensures data driven assessments of programs, and drives a commitment to achieving positive outcomes. The Promise Neighborhoods initiative is now positioned to help communities do just that.
  • Technical Assistance. Building on “Lessons Learned” through our work with Making Connections, CSSP is providing technical assistance to the 2011 Promise Neighborhood grantees and will support these communities as they build the capacity needed to implement a cradle-to-career pipeline that supports youth. CSSP has also made several tools and analyses available to help communities across the country better understand the goals and requirements under the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative.
  • Promise Neighborhoods Institute. In keeping with our commitment to transforming neighborhoods, lifting up what works, and helping to drive public investments in community change efforts, CSSP and its partners, Policy Link and the Harlem Children’s Zone provide a resource center for Promise Neighborhood grantees and other communities committed to improving educational outcomes for children in their communities.
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