Together for Tomorrow

Together for Tomorrow ChallengeFrom the field of early learning through college and career attainment, communities are seeking programs that work. Researchers are documenting results to provide evidence that allows others to use the tested programs with some expectation of success. Recognizing the need for information and support, the Center leads Together for Tomorrow (TFT) in partnership with Department colleagues, the White House, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Together for Tomorrow spotlights and fosters partnerships among schools, families, national service programs, and community-based organizations in order to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools. TFT advances partnerships across a broad continuum, catalyzing new efforts, strengthening existing collaborations, and identifying high-quality initiatives and evidence-based practices to share with others. In addition, it promotes a community culture where educational improvement and outcomes are viewed as everyone’s responsibility.

The Together for Tomorrow works to:

  • Celebrate and inspire community and family engagement in education and strengthen a community culture of education success
  • Foster the capacity of low-performing schools to manage school-community partnerships; and
  • Focus community partnerships on boosting key measurable student outcomes—Attendance, Behavior, Course performance, and College access (the ABCs)—as a means to improve low-performing schools.

Since its inception and Challenge in 2012 (see archived below), the Center continues to promote principles of Together for Tomorrow (TFT) as we work in communities across the nation to achieve the mission of the US Department of Education.

We have already seen many promising practices being put in place around the nation, such as the parent report card and development of a school-community partnership coordinator using School Improvement Grants. We’ve also seen promising practices in schools developing academic parent teacher teams, and teacher home visits. Community members are opening up after-school tutoring care and trusted adults commit time to walk children to school who are afraid to walk alone. City Year Corps members and mentors through the Boys and Girls Club are working individually with students both inside and outside of the classroom. Churches have organized college fairs to help promote a college going culture in their community. We recognize each community is unique. We will continue to identify and share promising practices for improving educational outcomes employed by faith-based and secular community based organizations.

Archived Information

In 2012, Together for Tomorrow challenged schools, national service programs, higher education institutions, and community and faith-based organizations to work together to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools. Visit the website to learn more.

To learn more about the challenge, which is now closed, visit to access archival information and view the winner’s submissions. There is also a press release honoring these 31 organizations. Please also view the Together for Tomorrow Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. [MS Word 29K]

Together for Tomorrow Challenge Winners:

  • Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, DE
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Orlando, FL
  • Points of Light, Atlanta, GA
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
  • Waterloo Community School District, Waterloo, IA
  • Elev8, Chicago, IL & Baltimore, MD
  • One Church One School, Chicago, IL
  • Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, Roxbury, MA
  • Mount Clemens Community Schools, Mount Clemens, MI
  • United Way of Greater Duluth, Equity and Excellence in Education, Duluth, MN
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis, MO
  • Joplin Schools, Joplin, MO
  • United Way of Forsyth County, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
  • Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV
  • Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
  • United Way of New York City & Diplomas Now, New York, NY
  • East End Community Services, Dayton, OH
  • It’s My Community Initiative, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oregon State University Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE), Corvallis, OR
  • EducationWorks, Philadelphia, PA
  • Messiah College, Grantham, PA
  • Providence’s Children and Youth Cabinet, Providence, RI
  • Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis, TN
  • Navasota ISD, Navasota, TX

Together for Tomorrow Demonstration Sites:

  • Center Public Schools, Center, CO
  • Foundation for Educational Excellence / Denver Summit Schools Network, Denver, CO
  • Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut / United Way of Greater New Haven United Way, New Haven, CT
  • Heart of Florida United Way / Orange County Public Schools / Office of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, FL
  • Tulane University Center for Public Service, New Orleans, LA
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, MI
  • Tennessee Campus Compact / Achievement School District, Memphis, TN