Promise Park City

Making a lasting impact on the lives of local children.

What if every child had food, a safe home, and health insurance, along with access to doctors, computers and role models? When Promise Park City reaches its goals, every child in our community will have these basic needs met—which will help them improve their reading and math scores, and reach their full potential in both school and life.

Over five years ago, Park City Community Foundation initiated Promise Park City as a formal collaboration between the Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Holy Cross Ministries, Park City Education Foundation, People’s Health Clinic, United Way of Salt Lake and the Park City School District. Although these entities have worked together in a variety of ways, the new Promise Park City structure heralded a commitment to shared goals, metrics and programming for the children of Park City.

By working together, Promise Park City looks to find gaps in services and fill them. For example, when students come to school without proper eyeglasses, teachers must spend time helping them meet this basic need, which takes away time that could be spent on academics. Through the Promise Park City collaborative, local elementary schools now have outreach aides to connect students and parents to the health and human services they need, so teachers can concentrate on teaching.

Following a Collective Impact strategy, which emphasizes cross-sector coordination, Promise Park City is making a real difference for children in our community. Recent successes include the first pay-for-success program in United States, which uses an innovative funding mechanism to support high quality preschool. Read more in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


A seamless system of support that ensures our children and families have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Target Audience

Promise Park City is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children and families in the Park City School District and specifically providing targeted services to those that are socially and/or economically disadvantaged.


Increase reading and math proficiency
Provide access to positive role models
Empower parents to engage in student learning
Ensure all children are ready to learn by age 5
Support a healthy home and/or access to basic resources
A leadership committee that is collaborative, communicative and outcomes focused