Policy Brief

'Promise' Program Begins Gearing Up

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Communities and nonprofit organizations are now invited to apply for federal grants to help plan “Promise Neighborhoods,” schools or networks of schools that offer a range of support services, from health assistance to college counseling.

The programs would be modeled on New York City's Harlem Children's Zone, which has earned national accolades for its success in raising the achievement of disadvantaged children. The community-based organization serves 17,000 children living in a nearly 100-block area in Harlem.

After studying such models, some lawmakers are seeking to make sure that when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is revamped, it will include increased support services. But they are scratching their heads about how to pay for all those new librarians, mentors, college counselors, and after-school-program administrators.

The $10 million the new Promise Neighborhoods program received for the current fiscal year appears to be a small start. The money will be used for up to 20 grants of $400,000 to $500,000 each. Applicants will be expected to focus their programs on preparing students for college or a career. Nonprofit groups, including faith-based organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, are eligible to apply.


The grants are one-year planning grants to help applicants pinpoint their communities’ needs and figure out how to address them. The Obama administration has asked Congress for $210 million more for the program in the fiscal 2011 budget request, some of which could be used for implementation grants.

The program has already generated great interest in the field, said Kay Fernandez Smith, an associate director of Policylink, an Oakland, Calif.-based research and action institute that has partnered with the Harlem Children’s Zone to develop a policy framework based on the New York program’s work.

I think people are really inspired by the work of the Harlem Children's Zone and really thinking about how they can take that back to their own communities, Ms. Fernandez Smith said.

Vol. 29, Issue 31, Page 25

Published in Print: May 12, 2010, as 'Promise' Program Begins Gearing Up
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented

Sponsor Insights

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >