The spirit and practice of collective impact has been alive and well in Newport County, Rhode Island for a long time. Twenty five years ago, the Newport Partnership for Families brought our community together to improve the quality of life for all.
Our model for collective impact has stood the test of time, and can be used by other communities to accelerate the pace of healthy change.
FINALLY, RECOGNIZE INTERDEPENDENCE once again. What you’ve achieved, you’ve achieved together.
The Chronic Early Absenteeism & Truancy Reduction Initiative works to reduce Chronic Early Absenteeism and Truancy in the City of Newport. Read More
In December 2013 we established the Chronic Early Absenteeism/Truancy Reduction Initiative to include multiple school and community stakeholders including parents to collectively work together as a community-based collaborative planning initiative to address Chronic Early Absenteeism/Truancy in the Newport Public Schools. Chronic Absence at any age is one of the best warning indicators that a student is at-risk academically and, if left unaddressed, the student will likely eventually drop out. Kindergarten and even preschool students who are chronically absent are more likely to have lower reading scores; this is especially true if they are living in poverty and if they have more than one year being chronically absent. Early and ongoing identification of the underlying root causes of chronic absenteeism is the first step in truancy prevention.
Major Supporter(s) for This Initiative: van Beuren Charitable Foundation
The Underage Substance Abuse Workgroup addresses Underage Substance Abuse through prevention and intervention. Read More
A workgroup sponsored by the Newport Partnership for Families (NPFF) found that strong supportive data identified substance abuse by school aged youth in Newport a core issue of concern. The workgroup, in partnership with the Newport Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, was created in 2013 to confront the issue of under aged substance abuse. The priority of the two organizations is the reduction of substance use in our youth.
Read the full Underage Substance Abuse Workgroup Report here.
Major Supporter(s) for This Initiative: Rhode Island Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, and North Family Trust
The Newport Public Schools Newport CARES Initiative in collaboration with Newport Partnership for Families is designed to secure and promote homeless children/youth enrollment, attendance, and success in school regardless of the permanency of their residence in the district. Read More
The Newport Public Schools Newport CARES Initiative in collaboration with Newport Partnership for Families is designed to secure and promote homeless children/youth enrollment, attendance, and success in school regardless of the permanency of their residence in the district. The school district’s primary job is to remove barriers that would impede a student’s success. The district is committed to supporting the total child by providing an array of additional educational and other services through their collaborative efforts with the Newport Partnership for Families. They are accustomed to working collaboratively to ensure we create and provide a seamless continuum of additional educational and social services to fully support the districts homeless children, youth, and families.
Major Supporter(s) for This Initiative: Rhode Island Department of Education for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program.
During summer vacation, many students find themselves without access to mind stimulating activities and by end of the summer, many students perform, on average, one month behind from where they left off in the spring. Read More
During summer vacation, many students find themselves without access to mind stimulating activities and by end of the summer, many students perform, on average, one month behind from where they left off in the spring. It’s a phenomenon that is so widespread across the country that educational experts have a name for it –“the summer learning slump” syndrome. Studies have shown that students who read well and read consistently year-round perform better in school than their peers who take a break from reading during summer vacation. In fact, educational research shows that students who read and engage in stimulating educational activities throughout the summer maintain their reading comprehension level and return to school ready to learn. Newport is a community that has long realized that reading and summer learning are not only vital to helping children thrive, but they are crucial components to helping kids retain what they’ve learned during the school year. Because the community felt so strongly about summer learning, 14-years ago the Newport Partnership for Families (NPFF) in collaboration with the Newport Public Schools, Newport Family Child & Opportunity Zone, the Newport Community School, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, and other numerous social services and philanthropic organizations created the Summer Learning Initiative Reading Reaps Rewards “R3”(SLIRRR). The primary objective of the initiative is to reduce reading regression or “summer slide” by assisting participants in maintaining their literacy skills, thus allowing participants to begin the academic year ready to learn with equivalent or improved literacy skills.
Major Supporter(s) for This Initiative: van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, United Way of Rhode Island – Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, Newport County Fund, Rotary Club of Newport, BankNewport , Newport Fed, Stride Memorial, Community Donations, Newport Daily News in-kind
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