The Rockaway Center for Community Development and Education Reform is joining forces with several Far Rockaway nonprofit organizations to apply for the US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods planning grant.
Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, and (2) institutions of higher education.
The program is intended to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in our most distressed communities, including rural and tribal communities, and to transform those communities by:
- supporting efforts to improve child outcomes and ensure that the outcomes are communicated and analyzed on an ongoing basis by leaders and members of the community;
- identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results and building a college-going culture in the neighborhood;
- building a continuum of academic programs and family and community supports, from the cradle through college to career, with a strong school or schools at the center;
- integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
- supporting the efforts of eligible entities, working with local governments, to build the infrastructure of policies, practices, systems, and resources needed to sustain and “scale up” proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and learning about the overall impact of Promise Neighborhoods and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including a rigorous evaluation of the program.
The Rockaway Center for Community Development and Education Reform is joining as a supporting agency to in engaging families and the community in multiple planned program tracks.
The grant application was submitted on June 25. Notification is expected by the end of the summer.