Northside Achievement Zone

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in north Minneapolis. NAZ is a collaboration of organizations and schools partnering with families in North Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college and to end multigenerational poverty in North Minneapolis. Each enrolled family moves through a cradle to career system that provides comprehensive support at each stage of the process. Each family has a Family Achievement Coach who helps provide a pipeline of high quality experiences for the children and whole family support in the areas of housing, health career and finance.

Grant supports expansion of NAZ’s early childhood program by adding the Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) tool to track early literacy, numeracy, and the development of social emotional skills. A cohort of teachers and EC coaches will receive on-going professional development to ensure that practice is informed by TSG data.