A public-private path toward better education: A truly remarkable tale

Forbes Someone might want to write a book about Spartanburg, S.C. As an innovative city, it seems to be ahead of most other American towns. A quarter century ago, it partnered with BMW to create 11,000 new jobs at the

How SCOE, Stanislaus Community Foundation are teaming to make young kids ‘Ready!’

The Modesto Bee Mini construction workers, tiny first responders and junior engineers were running around with abandon last summer at the Head Start preschool at Modesto Junior College. The preschoolers were unaware of the attention focused on them and their

Agencies aim to work better together to help rural children

U.S. News & World Report In Cocke County, Tennessee, Kathy Holt is meeting with parents, day care providers and others to spread the word about what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten. The former educator is among

Equity Fellows initiative seeks to make enduring difference for students

Dayton Daily News African American boys and girls are behind their white peers on too many measures of academic achievement. These distressing disparities also show up in students’ absenteeism and suspension rates. Those numbers matters because missing school has a

Guest opinion: Doing whatever it takes for every child comes full circle

Deseret News Since its earliest days, the work of United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnerships has been guided by the phrase, “trying hard is not good enough.” Also the title of a book by Mark Friedman about how to

The evolving promise of pay for success

Stanford Social Innovation Review Despite growing pains, the pay for success funding model is finding renewed success in communities across the United States and is primed to evolve into an ever-more-powerful tool for social change. Read more

ROC the Future, Common Ground Health to build community playground

Rochester Business Journal ROC the Future, in partnership with Common Ground Health’s Healthi Kids Initiative, is one of the three StriveTogether communities that will work with KaBOOM! to design a community playground that will help close racial and socioeconomic gaps

Modine Foundation commits $200K to Higher Expectations for Racine County

The Journal Times Modine Manufacturing Co. this week announced a Modine Foundation contribution of $200,000 over five years to Higher Expectations for Racine County. Read more

MCS makes progress on 1,000 ways to improve

Muncie Star Press Muncie Community Schools, which has one of the highest percentages of needy students in the state, took time out this week to work on an academic innovation plan required by the state. In kicking off the 1½-day

Filling the gaps in collective impact

Stanford Social Innovation Review If you’ve been following trends in the social sector for the past 10 years, you’ve likely heard of collective impact, a model for changing systems and improving community outcomes. Yet, despite the prominence of collective impact,

“Bridgeport for Babies Day” recognizes United Way initiative

Patch Bridgeport Prospers/United Way was recognized for its initiative to improve the health of young children at the City of Bridgeport’s “Bridgeport for Babies Day.” The initiative­­ – The Bridgeport Basics – is a parent education campaign designed to promote

The Children’s Movement keeps its focus on success for all children

GV Wire What would you do if you had $250 million to spend on early childhood services? Linda Gleason, founding director of The Children’s Movement of Fresno, said that question turned out to be a stumper, at least initially, for