North Hartford Ascend Pipeline

The North Hartford Ascend Pipeline is a cradle to career effort to ensure children living in the North Hartford Promise Zone – which includes the Clay Arsenal, Northeast, and Upper Albany neighborhoods – have the supports they need to reach their full potential. The project is funded through a five-year, $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods Program.

The Model

North Hartford Ascend Pipeline Model

As the grant recipient, Connecticut Children’s will create a comprehensive and integrated network that includes public, private, and philanthropic sectors and ensures universal access to community-based programs and services. Partners will work to integrate achievement-oriented schools and evidence-based social and community services. Equity is the driving force of Ascend, as partners will collaborate to eliminate disparities in outcomes based on race, ethnicity, disabilities and other factors. Ascend will address academic, social, economic and health inequities compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Hartford Ascend Pipeline


The goal of Ascend is build an integrated and coordinated pipeline of services and supports with the community that helps children and families reach their full potential. Ascend will:

  • improve developmental outcomes so children are healthier in their earliest years and ready to learn when they enter kindergarten;
  • enhance academic outcomes by increasing standardized test scores, reducing absenteeism, and increasing graduation rates; and
  • strengthen long-term well-being and quality of life so children can successfully transition to college or a career.

Desired Outcomes

The Promise Neighborhoods Program seeks the following outcomes for students:

  • Enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school
  • Are proficient in Math and English Language Arts
  • Successfully transition from middle to high school
  • Graduate from high school
  • Obtain post-secondary degrees, certifications or credentials
  • Are supported by families and communities in their learning
  • Are healthy
  • Feel safe at school and in the community
  • Live in stable communities
  • Have access to 21st century learning tools

Note: The contents of this webpage were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods Program. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government. In addition to the five year, $30 million grant, partners involved in the project plan to contribute $36 million in matching funds over the five-year period, bringing the total investment in North Hartford to $66 million.

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