Staff & partners talk literacy and Promise on WKYC

Staff & partners talk literacy and Promise on WKYC

On September 21, Christine Mitton, director of knowledge and learning at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, joined Keesha Tolliver-Funches, parent partner at SPARK, on WKYC’s We the People to talk about Promise’s role in helping preschoolers build literacy skills in and out of the classroom.


Watch the video here.

Mitton offered some history on the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, which has convened partners to strengthen health and education outcomes in Central over the last 10 years. Now, Promise has partnered with WKYC to launch #PromiseReads, in an effort to promote reading among Central’s children and families. Tolliver-Funches visits homes and speaks with parents about learning tools for their young children through the SPARK program, a part of Family Connections. She also leads the Kindergarten Club at Friendly Inn. In conversation on We the People, Tolliver-Funches offered tips for parents to engage young children in the act of reading together.


Promise & WKYC bring early learning to Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Promise & WKYC bring early learning to Children’s Museum of Cleveland

On September 20, children and families from some of Promise’s early learning centers had the chance to visit the Children’s Museum of Cleveland for the first time in an event held as part of the #PromiseReads campaign.IMG_2991

The museum’s new location on Euclid Avenue sits on the border of the Central neighborhood. Thanks to a donor gift, the museum is offering free one-year memberships to families in Central. Promise reached out to Friendly Inn Settlement House, as well as Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, to invite preschool classes to the museum with their parents and introduce them to this enriching neighborhood resource. Friendly Inn’s early childhood group and students from Outhwaite Headstart attended the event to explore the museum.IMG_3152

The afternoon kicked off with a visit from WKYC news anchor Lynna Lai, who read stories to the children as they arrived. After a few games and songs, kids were free to check out the museum’s largest and most engaging exhibits, the Adventure Zone and the Wonder Lab. Promise staff played along, joining the children in the fun and speaking with parents about how to make the experience more accessible to Central residents. Representatives from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Daily Dose of Reading and SPARK helped parents sign up for their educational opportunities, and created crafts with the children.

Each parent who attended with their children signed up to receive a free museum membership. Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland aIMG_3099nd WKYC for sharing in this wonderful opportunity.

For more information on how to receive a museum membership for families in Central, contact Tatiana Wells, Promise early learning navigator at Starting Point: (216) 575-0061 ext. 538.

NEOSTREAM Conference with Marcia Fudge Oct. 25-27

NEOSTREAM Conference with Marcia Fudge Oct. 25-27

In the Spring of 2017, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge hosted the inaugural Northeast Ohio Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (NEOSTREAM) Conference in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Over the course of three days, approximately 930 students, educators, community members and executives participated in innovative workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and tailored lectures.

This year, NEOSTREAM will be hosted in Central, with three days of activities and workshops at Cleveland State University and Tri-C from October 25 to 27.

The schedule is as follows:

Day One: Educators Day – Cleveland State University

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Educators will participate in an immersive professional development experience – exploring, engaging in and being equipped with practical and readily available classroom strategies in leading STREAM education.

Day Two: Executive Leaders Day and Student Day – Tri-C

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Executive Leaders Day

School superintendents, CEOs, non-profit leaders and elected officials will convene for a strategic planning session to develop a blueprint that will strengthen and maintain the STREAM pipeline in Northeast Ohio.

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Student Day

Students will participate in hands-on interactive activities and sessions designed to ignite and create awareness of diversity and opportunity in STREAM careers.


Day Three: Community Day – Cleveland State University

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Families and community members will participate in activities which promote STREAM education and careers. Community Day will feature hands-on and interactive activities that feed a curiosity for the future.

NEOSTREAM features interactive workshops from organizations like the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Music Settlement, NASA, Tri-C Welding and more. Representative Marcia Fudge will be attending, as well as Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers.

If you are interested in volunteering, reach out to Promise education performance manager Richaun Bunton at

Stay tuned to for further updates, and we look forward to seeing you at NEOSTREAM!