Blocks of Hope

Growing Home works to create communities where children have equitable opportunities to learn and grow. Growing Home concentrates its resources on a community we call Blocks of Hope, a neighborhood bordered by 72nd Ave. to the north, 52nd Avenue to the south, Lowell to the east, and Sheridan to the west. We believe that by concentrating our efforts in a focused area, we will be the most effective. Blocks of Hope is creating a community where success becomes the norm for every child.

Growing Home is working to elevate the voices of community members and to offer families a rich pipeline of programs focused on school readiness, parent involvement, student achievement, attendance, and family stability. We are bolstering the momentum for change by increasing community resources to serve 60% of neighborhood families in the coming years.


 

What does Growing Home offer through Blocks of Hope?

  • Early Learning Opportunities
    • Parents as Teachers
    • Cradling Literacy classes
    • Head Start Pre-School and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Parenting Support
    • Incredible Years
    • Seedlings
  • Student Success
    • Weekly after-school tutoring
    • School supplies
  • Family Support
    • Crisis prevention and assistance
    • Case management
    • Resources and referrals
    • Healthcare
    • Clothing
    • Nutritious food
  • Community Organizing

The Blocks of Hope Community is:

  • Family Focused: 9 out of 10 families eat meals together as a family every day
  • Involved: 80% of parents read to their children 3 times per week or more
  • Insured: 90% of children have health insurance coverage
  • Engaged: 4 out of 5 parents would like to be more involved at their child’s school

Blocks of Hope is focused on serving families within the Tennyson Knolls Elementary School attendance area, a Title 1 public school located less than two miles from Growing Home. The Blocks of Hope community includes an estimated 1,114 households with children, including 825 children under the age of five. The neighborhood faces some challenges:

  • 2 in 5 children in the neighborhood are living in poverty, more than twice the child poverty rate for Colorado
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 Tennyson Knolls students are eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program
  • More than 87% of Tennyson Knolls third graders did not meet statewide English/language arts expectations on the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment
  • 85% did not meet math expectations on the PARCC
  • 56% of Tennyson Knolls students are English language learners, meaning that they must both learn academic content and a new language

Did you know...

Children who are not performing at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely not to graduate from high school, and children growing up in poverty are 13 times less likely to graduate?

Blocks of Hope is changing the odds for kids in this community.

Do you live in the Blocks of Hope neighborhood?

Blocks of Hope serves the area approximately between 72nd Ave and 52nd Ave and between Sheridan Blvd and Lowell Blvd (see map)

Contact Joy Concepcion at 720-407-1983 or joy@growinghome.org to learn more about which services are available to you

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Click on the map image below for an interactive map of the Blocks of Hope neighborhood