Here you will find resources relevant to the goals supported by the Promise Zone initiative. This list will continue to grow as the initiative develops throughout it's ten-year designation. Feel free to share these with your networks.

For more resources, contact our LA Promise Zone Office at


Education & Families:

Get Ready to Read! has free learning resources to support the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.

Toolkit to Identify English Language Learners This toolkit was issued by the US Department of Education to help state and local agencies identify these students and fulfill their obligations to this target group.

Center for Parent Information and Resources CPIR produces products and materials to better support agencies serving families of children with disabilities.

Public Safety:

Resource Guide: Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights Issued by the Department of Justice, this guide is to law enforcement monitor public safety while protecting constitutional rights.

Socioeconomic Tools:

The Social Impact Calculator This calculator created by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) is a tool that can be used to monetize the social impact of community investments. By filling out specific fields on the calculator, a dollar value for things such as access to transit or societal benefits of a good education is produced.

2014 Opportunity Index This tool measures economic, education, and civic factors at state and county levels to calculate the chance of opportunity in terms of upward mobility for that area's residents. Related to this tool are Opportunity Index Fact Sheets.


Reports and Publications

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Beyond the Building: Performing Arts & Transforming Place (May 2015)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Final Rule (July 8, 2015)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Choice Neighborhoods Resource Guide: Designing & Directing Neighborhood Change Efforts (April 2015)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD The Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families (July 2015)

Enterprise® Promoting Opportunity through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD): Making the Case (April 2015) According to the report “Access to safe, decent and affordable shelter provides the foundation from which neighbors may participate in healthy, responsible and representative communities. Securing affordable station areas rebuffs market pressure to increase housing costs, burden and/or displace residents, or prevent access to high-opportunity neighborhoods. Inclusive neighborhoods with strong access to multi-modal transportation options have the potential to improve residents’ job access and mobility, decrease their costs of living, and improve their overall health.”

Federal Reserve Bank The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Poverty (April 7, 2015) Research shows that poverty in early childhood can have detrimental effects on a range of achievement, behavior, and health outcomes in adulthood. The time between a child’s prenatal year and 5th birthday is particularly critical, and incremental increases in parental income during this time period can have profound and positive long-term outcomes.

Urban Land Institute America in 2015: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation, and Community This is the second edition of the biennial Urban Land Institute community survey, America in 2015. ULI conducts the survey to illuminate a core question for every American: what do we want in our communities? American in 2015 describes a nation where generally high levels of overall satisfaction partially mask differences in preferences and perceptions depending on demographic cohort, economic standing, community characteristics and racial/ethnic background.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Countywide Sustainability Annual Report (April 2015) At the May 20, 2015 Metro Board of Directors Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee meeting, Metro staff shared the agency’s first Metro Countywide Sustainability Annual Report. The report establishes a baseline to “track sustainability progress going forward for Metro’s own actions and broader measures of sustainability throughout the county. The Countywide Performance Metrics measure sustainability outcomes countywide such as how people travel throughout the county, the environmental impacts of this travel and how transportation and land use shift over time.” The report includes brief case studies on sustainability projects from vanpools, to greenways, to bike hubs. It includes a spreadsheet with Metro’s status on its identified sustainability work plan.

“Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation” Children are already learning at birth, and they develop and learn at a rapid pace in their early years. This provides a critical foundation for lifelong progress, and the adults who provide for the care and education of young children bear a great responsibility for these children’s health, development, and learning. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) were commissioned to explore the implications of the science of child development for the professionals who work with children birth through age 8. The report offers recommendations to build a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.

The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment” from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and a companion study by Chetty and Hendren called “The Impacts on Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates” explores the linkages between the place a child is raised and their outcomes as adults across measures including income and college attendance. Findings from both studies support HUD's current policy direction of fostering opportunities for mobility while also investing in a place-based approach. (May 2015)

“State of the Pay for Success Field: Opportunities, Trends and Recommendations” from the Corporation of National and Community Service (May 2015)

The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens” from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economics and Statistics Administration explores one of the Federal Government's most valuable statistical products. The American Community Survey produces a wealth of data our country uses for a wide range of purposes, including helping direct the investment of over $400 billion in federal funding each year. Community leaders use our data to analyze the evolving needs of their neighborhoods, to plan for the future, and to locate new schools, hospitals, police and fire departments. And businesses rely on our data to make key marketing, site selection, and workforce decisions, to better serve customers and create jobs. (May 2015)

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development (February 2013)

Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social and Economic Benefits (October 2014)

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments (March 2014)

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies This report from Smart Growth America shows the results of 37 "Complete Streets" projects and the impact they have had on safety, increased biking and walking, and automobile traffic.

After Winning, Then What? This brief from the Early Education Initiative at New America provides an overview of four competitive grant programs that impact early education with a focus on grant winners and what progress looks like.

Report of the AG's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and Tips for Teachers are both resources from U.S. Department of Justice regarding the impact of violence on children and what communities can do to help.

Renovated public housing tied to fewer repeat ER visits for kids International publication Reuters, posted this article about a study by the University of California, San Francisco that analyzes data revealing that children living in renovated housing were less likely to have multiple visits to the emergency room compared to children living in public housing.

A Framework for State Level Promise Zones Published by the Center for American Progress, this report discusses a framework for state level leaders to use in implementing Promise Zone models on a bigger scale.

Tackling Poverty In Place This blog post from the Urban Institute discusses factors impacting low-income neighborhoods and how we should be looking at the things that plague them with the intention of solving this nationwide problem.

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration The Justice Policy Institute produced this report that looks at the long-term consequences of youth incarceration and the impact on taxpayers.

Building Sustainable Communities This report presented by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) features research results from analyzing the communities LISC invested in, showing that these communities grew at a faster pace compared to those in similar conditions without the LISC investment.

Lost in Place This report discusses the conversations surrounding gentrification and the necessary attention to be paid to the spread of concentrated poverty.


From the Newsletter

March Newsletter

USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation reports addressing the relationship between education and urban poverty:

The Children’s Defense Fund issued a report outlining their approach to comprehensive child poverty reduction. It can be found here.

February Newsletter

Curbed LA's write-up about the Third LA discussion in Koreatown, a Promise Zone neighborhood, recapped the conversation about post-immigrant Los Angeles.

At the website for the Collective Impact Forum you will find this video, describing the collective impact concept and how it works.

You can find updates for what the other Promise Zones are doing at the links below:

Here is a list of Promise Zone Round 2 applicants.

The most recent grants with Promise Zone preference points come from the Small Business Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services. You can visit for the latest.