New Grant Will Help Children’s Aid Create Cradle to College Pipeline in the South Bronx

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The Children’s Aid Society and Phipps Community Development Corporation (Phipps CDC) have been awarded a $300,000 planning grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to develop a cradle-through-college pipeline initiative in the South Bronx. The project will employ an emerging model of multi-sector collaboration, known as collective impact, to promote student success in the Morrisania neighborhood, where 65 percent of children are born into poor families and just 7 percent of adults are college graduates.

Collective impact—a strategy based on the premise that no single organization can affect large-scale, lasting social change alone—has been applied successfully in education reform to boost rates of children adequately prepared for kindergarten, reading and math scores, and high school graduation rates. Through it, collaborating organizations tackle complex, systemic problems by creating a centralized infrastructure, allocating staff to the initiative and creating a process marked by five characteristics: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and systems-level coordination.

A short write-up in Crain’s New York Business describes the grant.