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New jersey s promise communities pilot

New Jersey’s

Promise Communities Pilot

New jersey s promise communities pilot

Promise Communities Pilot Overview

The vision of this program is that all children and youth growing up in a Promise Community have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.


Lead Community Based Organizations

  • Center For Family Services (Camden)

  • La Casa de Don Pedro (Newark)

  • NJ Community Development Corporation (Paterson)

New jersey s promise communities pilot




New jersey s promise communities pilot

PC Indicators

Education Programs

Children Ready for Kindergarten

Indicators: #/% of young children who demonstrate age-appropriate functioning; have a medical home; and participate in early learning programs

Students Proficient in Core Subjects

Indicator: #/% of students at or above grade level according to 3rd-8th grade and high school assessments

Successful MS to HS Transition

Indicator: Attendance rate of students in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades

High School Graduation

Indicator: Graduation rate in neighborhood high school

College/Career Success

Indicator: #/% of students with post secondary degrees or other credentials w/o need for remediation



Lead Community Based Organizations should collect data for the five education indicators stated above.

Family and Community Supports

Students Are


Indicator: #/% of children who participate in 60 minutes of physical activity daily and eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily

Students Live

in Stable Communities

Indicator: Student mobility rate (as defined in notice inviting applications)

Family/Community Support Learning

Indicator: #/% of families who read to their children, encourage their children to read, and talk to their children about college

Students w/ 21st Century Learning Tools

Indicator: #/% students with school and home access to broadband and connected computing device

Students Feel Safe

Indicator: #/% of students who feel safe at school and traveling to and from school as measured by a school climate survey

Lead CBO will collect data for the five community support program indicators stated above.

CBO may also select their own project indicator in each category to fit the needs

of their communities or use the indicators outlined.

Note: These slides are intended as guidance only and model the federal Promise Neighborhood Program.

New jersey community development corporation

New Jersey Community Development Corporation

Great Spruce Street ProjectThe City of Paterson(Silk City)

Great spruce street gss project
Great Spruce Street (GSS) Project


  • Approximately 5,000 students in this project area.

  • 60 square blocks

  • National Park is within the GSS Project

School Community

  • Charter School

  • School #2

  • School #5

  • International High School

Great spruce street gss project1

Preschool Funding

Teach for America

AmeriCorps Members (National Service)


Community in Schools Program

Planning Consultants for NJCDC’s Business Plan

Great Spruce Street (GSS) Project

New jersey s promise communities pilot

High-Performing Schools and Academic Programs

PC Theory of Change

Effective Community Services

Strong Family Supports

Families/children segmented by need

Aligned City Infrastructure and Leadership

PC students meet outcomes, prepared for college and career

Distressed communities are transformed

Note: These slides are intended as guidance only and model the federal Promise Neighborhood Program.

New jersey s promise communities pilot

PC Theory of Action

Increase capacity of organizations focused on achieving results for children and youth in an entire neighborhoods


Build continuum of solutions with great schools at center

Integrate other community supports: housing, health, etc.

Private funding (individual, corporate, philanthropic)

New Promise Neighborhoods

funding, support (ED)

Integrate programs and break down agency “silos”

Other public funds, programs

(DOL, DOE, DCA, JJC, DEP, DHSS, County, local, etc)

Sustain and “scale up” proven, effective solutions

Learn about impact of Promise Communities, relationship between particular strategies and student outcomes

Note: These slides are intended as guidance only and model the federal Promise Neighborhood Program.

Lessons we are learning

  • Every CBO needs to have a solid plan and invest in it for their community’s future.

  • Involve each city’s mayor as a working agent vs. a partner

  • Recruit innovative or out of the box programs such as National Service, Teach for America, and etc.

  • Link Promise Community initiatives with other programs or initiatives statewide.

  • Allow our Promise Communities opportunities to showcase their planning or seeking funding by way of presentations to key constituents.

  • Community Planning needs community input

Lessons We Are Learning

New jersey s promise communities pilot

State Departments/Agencies their community’s future.

Linking for Community Success