The Effect of High-Quality Early Childhood Experiences
Northfield Promise recognizes the power of high-quality early childhood experiences in helping kids enter kindergarten ready to learn. The latest data shows that there is currently a gap in the amount of time that low-income Northfield children spend in early childhood experiences versus their more affluent classmates. In addition, local data shows that most Northfield […]
StriveTogether Features Northfield Public Schools and Northfield Promise
StriveTogether recently featured Northfield Public Schools and Northfield Promise in their national Stories of Impact section. Read the story here.
Northfield Public Schools Launches New Literacy Curriculum
According to Mary Grace Hanson, Northfield Public Schools’ Director of Teaching and Learning, the new elementary literacy curriculum was motivated by “too many kids that we are not reaching” with literacy education. Teachers from all three elementary school buildings began meeting a year and a half ago, studying various possibilities and reviewing three curricula in […]
As one of the key community strategies to improve the high school graduation and postsecondary attendance rates, the Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative recently completed its 14th year. Check out the infographic below to catch the amazing results that this project continues to see:
National Designation for Local Literacy Efforts
Summer brought good news to Northfield Promise’s reading improvement efforts when Northfield became the first Minnesota community to join the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading. This project connects the other literacy programs aimed at helping children become more skilled readers, an essential skill in achieving the benchmarks of Northfield Promise’s cradle-to-career goals. Launched in […]
Career Exploration Day – A Great Success!
The theme of Career Day 2018, Think Outside the Box, offered an opportunity for Northfield students to explore career possibilities, some of which they’d never previously heard about. Held of May 15, the event attracted 63 professionals, representing 42 business and post-secondary partners. Student attendance was robust with 645 middle school students and 340 high […]
Northfield is the first in MN to join the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a Nationwide Movement
Northfield is the first community from Minnesota to join the GLR Campaign, making Minnesota the 44th state to put a stake in the ground on third-grade reading. Led by Northfield Promise, a local collective impact initiative, Northfield has structured its approach around six strategies: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, mentoring partnerships […]
My Northfield Promise – Michael O’Keefe
I was introduced to Northfield Promise when I first arrived in Northfield, as I was apprised of our district and building goals. As I learned more about the work being done to support our educational initiatives throughout all grade levels, I jumped at the opportunity to join the Career and College Readiness action team. I […]
HCI Partners with Youthprise and the City of Northfield
HCI is proud to partner with Youthprise and the City of Northfield on the Youth First initiative. One of the key components of this work is to promote youth engagement, ensuring youth have seats at the community’s decision-making tables.
Rx for Reading
Little brains grow fast, and books help them grow healthy. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Reading together in those first five years actually improves brain function.