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Dwight-Edgewood-West River Promise Neighborhoods Collaboration Edit


Dwight-Edgewood-West River Promise Neighborhoods Collaboration (DEWRPN)


This page will be used to document programs and resources related to the Dwight, Edgewood and West River neighborhood's Promise Neighborhoods initiative. This effort is being led by the Greater Dwight Development Corporation, involving partners from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as the New Haven Public Schools, Hospital of Saint Raphael, Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic and other nonprofit organizations.

The DEWRPN submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education for a Promise Neighborhood planning grant in June 2010 - although only 21 out of the over 300 grants received were funded, not including DEWPRN, the group is continuing its work to implement improvements within the neighborhood and apply for future rounds of funding.

A community planning meeting was held by the Dwight Central Management Team on June 8, 2010. To provide additional feedback please consider taking the community planning survey at:

Comments may also be sent to DataHaven via info at or 203.500.7059, and will be forwarded to the applicant.

Application for Planning Grant Funds: Abstract

Published at U.S. Department of Education Website, October 2010:

Greater Dwight Development Corporation, Inc.

New Haven, CT

Indicated organization type: Nonprofit

Absolute Priority Area: AP1

Project Description:

The Greater Dwight Development Corporation (GDDC) proposes the creation of a Dwight Edgewood West River Promise Neighborhood (DEWRPN). GDDC holds an extensive track record in implementing plans developed by neighborhood residents. In recent years, GDDC played a significant role in the construction of three major facilities identified by the community as priority needs: a neighborhood supermarket, community center, and an early learning center. Moreover, GDDC operates a Montessori School as a subsidiary non-profit, and actively engages in advocacy and policy change initiatives to provide successful educational outcomes for neighborhood children, from birth to employment.. In 2008 - 2009, only 20% of third-graders at Public School Partner Schools scored proficient in reading (v. 70% statewide). Eighty-five percent of our public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch, meaning they live below 185% of poverty. Nearly all students are black (68%) or Hispanic (28%).

Our DEWRPN encompasses 75 blocks across three neighborhoods and contains over 3,500 children. Our formal DEWRPN creates partnerships with three (3) New Haven Public Schools that are persistently low-achieving (Barnard Environmental Science Magnet, Augusta Lewis- Troup, and James S. Hillhouse High School), and one successful charter school, Achievement First (Amistad Academy), whose best practices will be replicated in other neighborhood schools. Grant funds will build the capacity of a core Planning Team of neighborhood residents, civic, and institutional leaders to replicate and grow evidence based models, to identify gaps in our cradle to career continuum of services, to revisit program financing, and to effectively integrate resident leadership and participation into these efforts defined a results-based accountability framework. The Planning Team joins with the nationally-recognized New Haven School Change Initiative; the New Haven Early Childhood Council; the City of New Haven; the Hospital of St. Raphael; Yale University; Clifford Beers Clinic; the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; and strong neighborhood associations and other partners.

GDDC obtained student-level data from the New Haven Board of Education to analyze precisely the educational outcomes for the students within the DEWRPN, demonstrating an entirely new level of partnership between our neighborhood and the school system. Our partners identified a common set of community support indicators to track together, including % of students with quality preschool experience, chronic absenteeism rates, and community safety measures. The DEWRPN will accelerate the implementation of our comprehensive Neighborhood Plan. The residents from Dwight, Edgewood and West River, in partnership with the Yale University Urban Design Workshop developed new plan in 2007 to comprehensively address the quality of life in the neighborhood. The plan addresses the issues of health, education, housing quality, public safety, employment, and transportation. The plan includes a vision to create a culture of success and a Learning Corridor around which to build out our cradle to college continuum.

Our Promise Neighborhood will produce meaningful change in the level of resident engagement and participation. With our Planning Team partners listening to the neighborhood, we are bound to succeed. We will use evidence-based models, and most importantly, create a culture of success.

For more information on Promise Neighborhoods in Connecticut

For more information on the Federal Promise Neighborhoods application and Connecticut applications more broadly, please see our Promise Neighborhoods page by clicking here.