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Programming Strategies


Skills Gap

Identifies soft skill development activities for youth cradle to career. Community partners and volunteers create enrichment opportunities, educational pathways, and career options in Poweshiek County to ensure that soft-skill building opportunities are available for students to be better prepared for life beyond school.  

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The Grinnell Education Partnership, a community-wide initiative, brings together area nonprofits, employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers. Supported by a team of AmeriCorps members, serving with local organizations across the community, the partnership is helping to ensure that Grinnell's kids and families get a strong start and a strong finish to their school experience. The GEP is aligned with the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading which focuses on promoting early school success as an important building block of more hopeful futures for children, families, and communities.


Grinnell College – together with the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation – orchestrates a network of more than 30 organizations, who serve as community-based innovators, bringing their respective resources, skills, credibility, influence, access and knowledge to the table. Since the partnership’s inception in 2015, the Grinnell Education Partnership has engaged more than 160 AmeriCorps members, involved more than 30 local organizations and coordinated more than 100 projects to benefit kids and families.

The Partnership is dedicated to supporting kids and families through family-focused programming, summer enrichment opportunities and innovative programming through partnerships.

Family-Focused Programming
Coordinating Access

for essential services when needed

Financial Preparedness

through increased knowledge, saving, and earning

Workforce Readiness

through digital empowerment, real-world workforce exposure, and workforce readiness skills

Summer Enrichment Opportunities
Coordinating Alignment

between five community programs

GEP Summer Learning Corps

Recruiting, placing and training

Innovative Programming Through Partnerships
Healthy Readers

The Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation coordinates a variety of health and wellness solutions for children and their families

School Readiness

Read 2 Lead coordinates Pre-K support so children are better prepared to enter kindergarten


The Grinnell Newburg School District identifies solutions to promote student attendance

Digital Access

The Grinnell Newburg School Foundation supports youth and family initiatives ensuring greater digital connectivity


Grinnell High School supports workforce readiness programs for students, better preparing them for life beyond school

Skills Gap

Summer Learning

Helps mitigate summer learning loss for young children through enrichment programs across the community.  Community partners and volunteers collaborate, coordinate and plan programing for Grinnell youth with the goal of helping young people continue to learn and retain reading skills over the summer.

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After School Enrichment

Helps ensure literacy-related activities are integrated beyond the school day for young children. Community partners and volunteers work together to offer a variety of activities for kids including onsite and remote homework help, engaging learning activities, and social/emotional support building lasting relationships with kids in Grinnell.

After School Enrichment
Summer Learning

Healthy Readers

Identifies a variety of health and wellness solutions for children and their families. Community partners and volunteers work together on health and wellness activities (such as mileage club, food tastings, 5210 projects) and other sustainable programming to support the well-being of kids and families in Grinnell.

Healthy Readers

School Readiness

Prepares Pre-K students with tools to successfully enter kindergarten and kick-start their learning careers. Community partners and volunteers work together to ensure young children are prepared to learn from birth to school age, providing families with tools, tips, resources, and outreach opportunities so kids are ready to learn from day one. 


Family Engagement

Encourages community, family and parental involvement in a child’s learning and development.  Community partners are encouraged to engage families and build awareness of community-based education initiatives to better support families and kids in meaningful ways across all focus areas.

Family Engagement
School Readiness
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Identifies solutions to promote student attendance.  School leadership and community partners work with families to ensure there are support systems in place so students can attend school regularly.


Equity and Inclusion

Supports youth and family programming to ensure greater access, equity, and inclusion for children and families in the greater Grinnell area.

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