When communities are healthy and thriving, children thrive from cradle to career. The Department of Education recognizes that place matters. The problems facing underperforming schools are interconnected with other challenges facing high poverty communities like dilapidated housing, neighborhood violence, poor health, and insufficient economic opportunities. Strong schools are critical for young people to succeed, but schools alone cannot address the multiple challenges facing communities in concentrated poverty. Neighborhoods of concentrated poverty need deeper, more comprehensive support to change their trajectories. Federal-to-local partnership can leverage existing federal resources to help community stakeholders develop strategies to address the range of challenges that impact education outcomes for children and youth in their communities.
See a FAFSA update.
Jobs for the Future provides technical assistance to stakeholders developing place-based strategies for education change. As part of this work, JFF and our technical assistance partners are working with the Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to develop tools and resources for the Promise Zone and Performance Partnership Pilots communities. This web page will serve as a “hub” for these resources.
Communities face a number of interconnected challenges, such as inadequate housing, struggling schools, homelessness, and hunger, that feed into and perpetuate each other. The problem is that most solutions are singular in focus—bringing resources and attention to either education or housing or social services to children and families. This allows challenges to persist and cycles of inequity and disadvantage are perpetuated.
The place-based approach applies a comprehensive solution to the interconnected barriers to mobility for young people and adults in communities across the country. JFF helps communities align multiple systems and break through silos in order to develop pathways to employment opportunities. We bring an equity lens to our place-based work so that our strategies are effective for the individuals, neighborhoods, and communities that face the greatest barriers to mobility.
JFF is assembling resources, shared on this site, to direct stakeholders to research, best practices, and other tools to help them address critical issues in their local communities.
This page provides topical resource guides relevant to place-based efforts to improve outcomes for children and youth, including:
- Two-generation approaches
- Youth workforce development
- FAFSA completion
- Opportunity youth
- School-family partnerships
For many communities, the ability to fund comprehensive reform efforts can be challenging. Working with Collaborative Communications and Forum for Youth Investment, we have developed a set of resources for community partners who are working together to develop a shared agenda to improve education outcomes.
- Fiscal mapping inventory tool