Promise Neighborhood Institute

Inspired by the successful model of the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) supports Promise Neighborhoods—communities of opportunity centered around strong schools—to wrap children in education, health, and social supports from the cradle to college to career. By effectively coordinating the efforts of schools, families, social services, health centers, and community-building programs, all children can fulfill their promise. [TALK TO JESSICA/LCB ABOUT UPDATED CONTENT]

Today, with the support of PNI, over 50 communities are planning or implementing results-focused, data-driven Promise Neighborhoods, scaling up to serve 200,000 children nationwide.

Since its establishment in 2010, the Promise Neighborhoods program has awarded nearly $277 million to over 50 urban, rural, and tribal communities representing more than 700 schools across the country. Unfortunately, limited resources have restricted the reach of this valuable program: Only 17 of the 242 cities, rural areas, American Indian communities, and other locales that applied to be part of the program during the last competition in 2012 were able to receive grant funding.The Promise Neighborhoods Act would directly address this need, authorizing the U.S. Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to eligible entities and to renew grants for existing grantees who have demonstrated significant success. [UPDATE}