We believe that local action has the power to make lasting change.


The six Raising Places communities reflect a wide variety of place types, regions of the country, population demographics, assets and challenges. What they all share is a commitment to child-centered progress.

“We’re in this emerging age of collaboration, and cross-sector partnership. It is an important, difficult and unusual practice for many. At the end of the day, even to apply to Raising Places says something about the applicants’ mindset and courage.”



The structure of each Raising Places community includes both a convening organization and a group of local leaders, called the design team. In selecting communities for Raising Places, we looked for the following characteristics:

Defined Geography

A clearly-defined community area that is small enough to provide focus, yet large enough to involve a wide range of stakeholders

Local Momentum

Recent or ongoing initiatives toward childhood wellness at both community and county/state levels

An Asset Orientation

Teams are able to identify not only barriers to children thriving, but also unique local assets that may be leveraged

Convener Credibility

The convening organization has deep ties to the community, including residents, as well as significant experience engaging in cross-sector collaboration

Diverse Perspectives

The cross-sector design team comes from a variety of professional roles focused on both “better childhoods” and “better communities”

Commitment to Learning

Team members are open to exploring new ways to solve old problems, and they bring both expertise and curiosity to the table

Check out the first community!