Atlanta Civic Site: The Importance of Partners

Posted November 19, 2013
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

To improve the futures of kids and their fam­i­lies, our Atlanta Civic Site team brings togeth­er res­i­dents, pub­lic agen­cies, fun­ders, ser­vice providers and oth­er part­ners. Build­ing and sus­tain­ing effec­tive part­ner­ships has been crit­i­cal to the civic site’s suc­cess as it aims to sup­port edu­ca­tion achieve­ment for chil­dren, eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty for fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ty change. We work with more than 60 part­ners across all these areas.


Shel­ter­ing Arms Ear­ly Edu­ca­tion and Fam­i­ly Cen­ters man­ages Edu­care Atlanta, the ear­ly learn­ing school in the Dun­bar Learn­ing Com­plex in Atlanta’s Neigh­bor­hood Plan­ning Unit V.

Atlanta Pub­lic Schools works close­ly with Shel­ter­ing Arms to ensure Edu­care Atlanta chil­dren tran­si­tion suc­cess­ful­ly into Dun­bar Ele­men­tary School and con­tin­ue on a path­way to aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess, includ­ing becom­ing pro­fi­cient read­ers by the end of third grade.

The Edu­care Learn­ing Net­work, a research-based pro­gram that serves chil­dren from birth to age 5 who are at risk of aca­d­e­m­ic fail­ure, show­ing that high-qual­i­ty, com­pre­hen­sive ear­ly learn­ing pro­grams in the first five years of a child’s life can make a difference.

Children’s Health­care of Atlanta, the Geor­gia Depart­ment of Ear­ly Care and Learn­ing, Ful­ton Coun­ty Depart­ment of Health and Well­ness and Unit­ed Way of Greater Atlanta sup­port pro­grams to pro­mote the health and well­ness of NPU‑V children. 

Oth­er Key Partners

Eco­nom­ic Opportunity

Since 2005, The Cen­ter for Work­ing Fam­i­lies Inc. has pro­vid­ed a com­bi­na­tion of work­force devel­op­ment, income sup­ports, entre­pre­neur­ship and asset-build­ing pro­grams to NPU‑V adults, help­ing them achieve finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty. The cen­ter works close­ly with Edu­care Atlanta, sub­si­diz­ing the cost of child care so that par­ents can pre­pare for and advance in their careers, and par­tic­i­pates in the Atlanta Pros­per­i­ty Cam­paign, which pro­vides free tax prepa­ra­tion ser­vices and con­nect­ing eli­gi­ble fil­ers to oth­er pub­lic ben­e­fits and programs.

The Geor­gia Jus­tice Project cou­ples legal defense and social ser­vices with advo­ca­cy sup­port to remove bar­ri­ers to eco­nom­ic sta­bil­i­ty faced by peo­ple with a crim­i­nal record. This issue is of impor­tance to the NPU‑V com­mu­ni­ty, where a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of adults have a crim­i­nal record. The Geor­gia Jus­tice Project is the civic site’s pol­i­cy part­ner and recent­ly led the suc­cess­ful effort to revise the state’s expunge­ment statute and to pro­vide judges with dis­cre­tion to depart from manda­to­ry-min­i­mum sen­tences in cer­tain cases.

Oth­er Key Partners

Neigh­bor­hood Development

The Pitts­burgh Com­mu­ni­ty Improve­ment Asso­ci­a­tion is the com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion in NPU‑V’s Pitts­burgh neigh­bor­hood and a crit­i­cal part­ner in efforts to sta­bi­lize the hous­ing mar­ket and increase access to afford­able, qual­i­ty housing.

Oth­er Key Partners

Geor­gia Cam­paign for Grade-Lev­el Reading

As part of a nation­al cam­paign to pro­mote improve­ments in child read­ing pro­fi­cien­cy, we are build­ing and sup­port­ing a statewide coali­tion around a com­mon goal: a sig­nif­i­cant increase in the per­cent­age of Geor­gia chil­dren read­ing at or above grade lev­el by 2015.

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