09/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2021 07:53
The U.S. Department of Education today awarded over $40 million to the newest cohort of Promise Neighborhoods grantees across seven states. This announcement comes as U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona continues the Department's "Return to School Road Trip" in Indiana today.
"Promise Neighborhoods build on the rich resources, ingenuity, and creativity of communities to bring together schools, nonprofits, and other organizations in a concerted effort to meet the needs of children and youth," said Secretary Cardona. "Through these new grants, we are announcing today, more children in communities all across the nation will have access to cradle-to-college and career supports that will help them reach their potential and thrive."
Authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, the Promise Neighborhoods Program is intended to significantly improve academic and developmental outcomes for children living in communities of concentrated poverty. The program does this by enabling education and community leaders to address the many interlocking impacts that concentrated poverty exerts on a child's educational journey.
Grantees' applications proposed pipelines of programs and services developed specifically for the students in their communities. These services will support students from early childhood through the course of their K-12 education.
The Department made awards to seven grantees:
President Biden's FY22 budget includes a $10 million proposed increase for Promise Neighborhoods to reflect the Administration's priority on expanding community-school partnerships to better meet the comprehensive needs of underserved communities.