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Promise Neighborhoods’ Executive Director to Resign in June

Ernest Perry, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley based in downtown Allentown, is resigning effective June 30 to return to his hometown of Columbus, OH and be near his family. The non-profit organization will continue its work under the direction of its Board of Directors, chaired by Edward F. Meehan, while the…

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Promise Neighborhoods supports the Walking School Bus

The staff of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to support the Walking School Bus in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood downtown by volunteering to escort students to school. Central Elementary School, one of the three elementary schools located inside the APN, has a Walking School Bus since there is no bus system to…

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Promise Neighborhoods Announces New Interactive Web Site

Designed by 401! Creative in Allentown, site helps partnership engage community and communicate impact Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has launched a new web site – – as an online hub for engaging communities, a resource for supporting the success of children, and to communicate the impact of programs and investments in its Allentown…

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Promise Neighborhoods, Allentown School District, and Crayola partner to get kids ready for Kindergarten

It’s time for families in Allentown Promise Neighborhood to sign their children up for Kindergarten at Cleveland, Central, or McKinley Elementary School.  This year, hundreds of Promise Neighborhood parents walked away from  Allentown School District’s annual Kindergarten sign-up ritual with a backpack full of learning materials from Crayola, and a guide that provides month-by-month summer…

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We’re in the news!

In the past two weeks news about our Universal School Readiness Program and the related study currently under way by Kamran Afshar has been making headlines. We were featured in The Express-Times as the subject of that week’s Non-Profit Spotlight. We were also the subject of a news segment by WFMZ TV’s 69 News in…

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PNLV coaches Odyssey of the Mind team for McKinley

For decades, schools in the Allentown School District have participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program, a tradition that continues today. Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley was honored to be asked to assist the 4th and 5th grade McKinley Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team when it performed at the Odyssey of…

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Universal School Readiness Program being considered for children in Center City Allentown

The Lehigh Valley’s leading economic and research expert, Kamran Afshar, Ph.D., has teamed up with Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley to design a program model that guarantees every child living in Allentown Promise Neighborhood will have access to one year of high quality, School Readiness experiences before they enter Kindergarten. The program will address…

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What’s a Promise Neighborhood?

There’s a Promise Neighborhood in your community and it needs your continued support to succeed, as do the children living in it. Our nine-block neighborhood of the Old Allentown section of Center City will thrive with your help. But first, let us explain exactly what a Promise Neighborhood is and what it means to all…

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Allentown Art Museum to host Promise Neighborhood residents at exhibit reception

Join us on Sunday, February 17 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at a free reception for the new “Haitian Art from The Rodale Family Collection” exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum. The afternoon will feature free admission to the museum along with the free reception in the Rodale Gallery. Everyone is invited to attend. This…

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Simple Steps to help your infant develop

Does your new baby respond to your voice? Does he respond to the sound of his name? Does she smile back at you when you smile at her? These are all key signs in the development of your child. The Simple Steps is a series of everyday steps you and your child’s caregivers can take…

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