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Every Child,
Cradle to Career

The Promise Partnership unites individuals, non-profits, businesses, and government organizations to transform the educational environment for Utah kids.

We work so that all Utah kids are

ready for school, better in school, and successful in life.

Stay Safe. Stay Connected.

The Promise Partnership, in coordination with the Utah State Board of Education, is committed to ensuring that all students are on par with their classmates.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected makes it easier for students and families to connect to learning resources, technology, internet partners, and more.

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Creating an Inclusive Recovery for Students and Families

The Promise Partnership is committed to creating lasting change and helping all kids and families during this time, regardless of their circumstances. Currently, we are working with our dedicated partners to address the immediate needs of students and families while simultaneously working to rebuild broken systems, all with the goal of producing more equitable results for minoritized members of our community.  

Here are some aspects of our COVID-19 response:

  Community outreach: Our team is connecting with hundreds of community members and small business owners from immigrant and refugee communities, primarily in South Salt Lake and Kearns, to offer personal connections, share resources, and learn about their needs. Read our report on how small, minority-owned businesses have been affected by COVID: Read the Report >  Stay Safe, Stay Connected: The Promise Partnership launched the Stay Safe, Stay Connected initiative to ensure that students have the resources they need for academic success, whether they are learning remotely or in the classroom. Since the program’s launch, over 500 laptops have been distributed to students who are remote learning. Learn More > Reimagine Education Awards: The Promise Partnership hosted a competition this summer to get teachers and administrative staff brainstorming ways back-to-school efforts could be reimagined to prioritize students of color, students from low-income families, and English Language Learners. The six winning schools were each given a $50,000 grant to implement their plan. Learn about the Winners > Advocacy: Advocacy is a key component of our effort to help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, we’ve pushed for the passage of the federal stimulus package, federal matching for Medicaid funds, and rental deferment for tenants impacted by the pandemic. Basic Needs: We have been working with our partners to ensure that everyone in our community has the basic resources they need to weather this storm, including access to food, rental payment assistance, and utility assistance. Through our COVID-19 grant, we helped local organizations ensure that those who did not receive CARES Act benefits could access assistance. Learn more about the organizations we supported >

Collective Impact

Our goal is to transform the educational environment, and we know that an unorganized set of programs, initiatives, collaboratives, and focus areas won't get us there. To transform whole communities, we must think beyond individual programs or services and see ourselves as a united group sharing accountability for community-wide results. This is what it means to engage in rigorous collective impact.

Our Roadmap to Success

The Promise Partnership takes a "cradle-to-career" approach to improve educational outcomes for youth. Partners align, share, and deploy resources to improve the following outcomes:

Early Childhood Education
3rd Grade Reading
8th Grade Math
High School Graduation
Postsecondary Completion
Financial Stability + Good Health


Since 2011, we've seen problems improve. Schools in communities with some of the highest barriers are thriving, health is improving, and crime is decreasing. Change at this scale is possible when we work together!

+ 7%

3rd grade English/language arts proficiency is up 7% since 2013/14 (Source: USBE Data Queries)

+ 8%

8th grade math proficiency has increased by 8% since 2013-2014 (Source: USBE Data Queries)

+ 6%

High school graduation is up 6% in the Promise Partnership since 2013/2014 (Source: USBE Data Queries)

+ 3%

Between 2013-2018, health insurance coverage for low-income adults has increased by 3% in our region (Source: Utah IBIS)

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