FAMILIES & NEIGHBORHOODS

Impact Statement

Impact Statement

The Change We Want To See

Strong, engaged individuals and families are the foundation of vibrant neighborhoods throughout the region. Neighborhoods are interconnected, adding to our sense of unity.

Strategies

Strategies

How We Make It Happen

Resident Access: Neighborhoods have access to resources and amenities that promote a positive community environment

Physical Spaces Inspire: Our community utilizes its assets in purposeful and inspiring ways

Honor & Embrace: Our community honors and embraces diversity and the success of all people

Value the Unique: Our community promotes and celebrates the vitality and unique character of each of our neighborhoods

Collaboration: Our community cultivates partnerships that utilize the strengths of our residents and organizations

Projects

Projects

Teams Working Towards This Vision

Every neighborhood in our region has a story to tell. But for too long, it’s been buried. That’s why the Great Neighborhoods team, in partnership with Transform Rockford, formed. In its mission to implement a strategic plan for the region’s self-improvement, Transform Rockford and the Great Neighborhoods team are empowering our city’s neighborhoods to play up their unique Sense of Place, in part by instilling pride in where we live. The team has spent the past year engaging with 40 active neighborhood groups around Rockford, building community and sharing best practices. Learn more and uncover what makes your neighborhood great, unique and desirable.

The Neighborhood Achievement Zones team & Transform Rockford is currently designing, developing and implementing a collective impact framework on how we can dramatically improve educational outcomes and career readiness for youth in the Constance B Lane Elementary School neighborhood zone. The goal is to achieve cradle to career education, community wellness, supportive, context sensitive infrastructure, and mixed income housing with the goal of serving as a model for similar initiatives applied at other schools in the Rockford region.

The Ready to Learn initiative is a partnership between Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, Rockford Public Schools, and Chicago-based Erikson Institute in an effort to capture data about the preparedness of our region’s kindergartens. The ultimate goal: identify what’s working, what’s not and how to align resources accordingly, all the way down to the neighborhood level. Based on Erikson’s internationally recognized Early Development Instrument (EDI), a survey, filled out by our local kindergarten teachers, measures a student’s physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, communication skills, and language and cognitive development. Erikson then overlays student data with the neighborhood they live in with the goal of understanding where neighborhood assets are, or lack thereof. More than 40 local organizations and businesses are involved in the project. Results from the EDI exercise will be announced to the public this summer. Stay tuned for more information & ways we, as a community, can help our students enter the classroom, ready to learn!

Outcomes

Outcomes

How We Measure Success