What We Do

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) assists Promise Neighborhoods in connecting local resources to wrap children in education, health, and social supports from the cradle-to-college-to-career; and serves as a link to federal, public, and private investors. PNI also provides Promise Neighborhoods' communities with leadership and management coaching, communications strategy, and other resources that support their efforts to ensure that children and their families can live in communities of opportunity.

Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal Promise Neighborhoods program is a bold initiative to break the cycle of generational poverty by wrapping children in a pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college.

PNI provides resources to all communities, whether or not they have been awarded a federal grant, including technical support for planning, identifying quality approaches, building partnerships, assessing needs, and many more essentials for successfully building a cradle-to-career pipeline.

Activities include:

  • managing a hub of high-quality technical assistance providers to help communities become Promise Neighborhoods;
  • advocating on behalf of children and families for increased support from federal legislators;
  • developing, supporting, and advancing equitable policy strategies; and
  • communicating the Promise Neighborhoods vision, mission, and strategies to a wide array of participants, nationally and internationally.