Promise Heights began with a handshake. One principal, one school and now encompasses B’more for Healthy Babies and other cradle-to-early-childhood-to-career services, five community schools, and support for many other nonprofit programs in support of the Upton/Druid Heights community.

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Promise Heights is
Responsive Parenting.

Parenting education leads to healthier social and emotional adjustment of children which leads to better attendance which leads to improved academic outcomes. For these reasons, Promise Heights invests heavily in parenting programs, from birth to age five, that increase the availability of support for parents and decreases negative parent/child interactions.

Promise Heights is
Kindergarten Readiness.

We’re expanding our work with neighborhood early childhood education providers to ensure children make age-appropriate progress toward literacy, numeracy, social-emotional development, and other skills that contribute to kindergarten readiness.


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Promise Heights is College and Career Success.

Promise Heights has a goal of moving Baltimore’s children to graduate from high school into college and a productive career through individualized college/career plans, college tours, and career certification with high school graduation.

Promise Heights is
Family Prosperity.

Supporting the success of youth requires that their entire family and community be supported, that’s why we provide financial literacy classes and case management to families of students in the neighborhood. The goal is to reduce student mobility by helping stabilize their housing and to decrease economic-related stressors that students experience at home and might affect their academic achievement.

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Promise Heights is Safe Neighborhoods.

Traumatic exposure to violence in a community can subtly or significantly affect the ability of teachers to teach, students to learn, and parents to engage. It is for this very reason that Promise Heights hires licensed social workers as Community School Directors—an uncommon community school strategy—because we believe our work is best done through a trauma-responsive lens and with training on healing interventions.



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Promise Heights awarded a $30M Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Promise Heights, an initiative led by the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW), a five-year, $30 million grant to continue its efforts to improve the lives of children and families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights.

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Renaissance Academy High School Graduates Earn Career-Skills From Phlebotomy Science Certification

In 2019, through a partnership with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) and University of Maryland Medical System, a semester-long phlebotomy certification program was established at Renaissance Academy, ensuring students can begin work after high school graduation.


Results-Based Accountability Workshop Shows Promise Heights and Partners a New Way To Do Community Development

Promise Heights staff and community partners are integrating results-based accountability, asset-based community development, and collective impact lessons and frameworks into their respective organizational DNAs, improving how we work in the community.