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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