The Foundation’s commitment to community change extends to our backyard: Baltimore, our headquarters, and Atlanta, home to UPS. Our civic sites aim to improve outcomes for kids and families in high-poverty neighborhoods in these cities and identify effective tools and strategies for working with low-income families and communities nationwide. Through public, private and nonprofit partners, we’re addressing the challenges in these places in the following ways:
Weaving together programs and services that support kids and their parents to respond to their needs at the same time
<p>Children experience the stresses of poverty alongside their parents, with <a href="http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/reports_and_working_papers/working_papers/wp3/" target="_blank" title="Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain">long-term consequences</a> for their development. <a href="/blog/a-two-generation-strategy" title="Blog: A Two-Generation Strategy">Tackling the challenges they face concurrently</a> can have a much greater impact on their well-being as a whole family.</p>
Helping kids and their #lowincome parents concurrently can have greater impact on family well-being
<p>The ability to <a href="/resources/early-warning-why-reading-by-the-end-of-third-grade-matters" title="Report: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters">read well by the end of third grade</a> is a predictor of success in school and life.</p>
Research shows @readingby3rd is a predictor of success in school and life. #glr
Children and families in high-poverty areas frequently lack access to the education and health services that are essential to healthy child development.
<p>Children and families in high-poverty areas frequently lack access to the education and health services that are essential to <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Chartbook/2004/Sep/Early%20Child%20Development%20in%20Social%20Context%20%20A%20Chartbook/ChildDevChartbk%20pdf.pdf" target="_blank" title="Report: Early Child Development in Social Context">healthy child development</a>.</p>
Kids and families in high-poverty areas often can't access critical ed, health services
<p>Family stability and <a href="http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/articles/research-to-policy/practice/parents-are-a-childs-first-teacher" target="_blank" title="Parents are a Child's First Teacher">parent engagement</a> are key for <a href="/resources/the-first-eight-years-giving-kids-a-foundation-for-lifetime-success" title="Report: The First Eight Years">healthy development and school readiness</a>.</p>
Family stability + parent engagement is key for healthy child dev., school readiness #ECE
Connecting parents and other low-income individuals to job training, education, financial counseling and other services to help them become financially stable
Low-income workers struggle to earn enough to support their families. Finding jobs that pay well and having access to programs and services for child health care, food, income supplements and other necessities can help families make ends meet.
<p>Low-income workers struggle to earn enough to support their families. Finding jobs that pay well and having access to programs and services for <a href="http://www.medicaid.gov/CHIP/CHIP-Program-Information.html" target="_blank" title="Children's Health Insurance Program at Medicaid.gov">child health care</a>, <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap" target="_blank" title="Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)">food</a>, <a href="/resources/improving-access-to-public-benefits" title="Report: Improving Access to Public Benefits">income supplements</a> and other necessities can help families make ends meet.</p>
To care for their families, #lowincome workers need healthcare, food and income supports
The right education and training can bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in high-demand industries such as health and construction.
<p>The <a href="/resources/connecting-people-to-jobs" title="Report: Connecting People to Jobs">right education and training</a> can bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in high-demand industries such as health and construction.</p>
The right education, training can bridge gap b/w prospective workers + employers industries. #wkdev
Creating safe communities with strong resident leaders and access to work and educational opportunities, affordable housing and recreational spaces
Living in high-poverty neighborhoods dramatically reduces educational, job and other opportunities for children and families and results in poor life outcomes.
<p>Living in <a href="/resources/data-snapshot-on-high-poverty-communities" title="Report: Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities">high-poverty neighborhoods</a> dramatically reduces educational, job and other opportunities for children and families and results in poor life outcomes.</p>
Living in high-poverty neighborhoods reduces opportunities, leads to poor life outcomes
<p><a href="/resources/residents-engaged-in-strengthening-families-and-neighborhoods" title="Report: Residents Engaged in Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods">Resident leadership</a> drives <a href="/blog/community-engagement-is-key-ingredient-in-casey-recipe-for-results" title="Blog: Community Engagement is Key Ingredient in Casey Recipe for Results">successful community change</a> and builds stronger neighborhoods.</p>
Resident leadership drives successful community change, builds stronger neighborhoods
Working to ensure children and families living in several Southside Atlanta neighborhoods — known collectively as Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) — have access to the opportunities needed to thrive: good schools, safe and affordable housing, income and careers.