Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The mission of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education is to promote student achievement by connecting schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith‐based.

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The Center is part of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which works to form partnerships between government at all levels and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to more effectively serve Americans in need. The office advances this work through Centers and staff at 13 federal agencies across the administration.

Our primary goals are to:

  • Engage community-based organizations, both secular and faith‐based, in building a culture of high expectations and support for education.
  • Develop and support initiatives within the federal government to help maximize the education contributions of community-based organizations, including faith and interfaith organizations.
  • Strengthen partnerships between community‐based organizations and schools to help improve the nation’s lowest‐achieving schools.