CATCH Promise


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What is CATCH Promise?

CATCH Promise is an initiative to bring the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to school districts across the country where there is 1) a substantial public health need; and, 2) a lack of resources to implement. CATCH Global Foundation is offering to help these 90 school districts overcome obstacles to deliver robust, impactful, evidence-based coordinated school health programming. CATCH Promise is not a blank check—it’s an investment. And there are terms to be met. But, we’re ready to bring substantial grants for educational programs to districts that are committed to creating healthy change.

An investment in communities.

In 2017, CATCH Global Foundation helped bring more than $430,000 in community health grants to CATCH Promise districts across the country, and we produced some impressive results in places like Ysleta Independent School DistrictJefferson Parish Public Schools, and Brownsville ISD.


“My discipline referrals across the board have gone down dramatically, attendance at school has gone up, and grades have gone up.”

– Benjamin Moscona, Principal, Bridgedale Elementary, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

A focus on impact.

Years of implementation and research have shown that CATCH has the greatest impact when we work with school districts where there is a combination of health need and readiness to act. We’re expanding CATCH Promise through proactive outreach to school districts where we think there is the greatest need for health education grants.

We identified 90 school districts as CATCH Promise “priorities” based on their size and free-and-reduced lunch rate. By proactively reaching out to these 90 priority districts—who serve 10% of all K-8 students in the U.S.—we can reach a large number of kids whose lives can be most impacted by school health programming. We’re happy to say that CATCH is being implemented to some degree in 16 of these districts, but we have a long way to go.


Sound interesting? Here’s what you can do.

Click to download the CATCH Promise one-pager (PDF).

If you’re in a CATCH Promise priority district:

Here are ways everyone can get involved:

CATCH Promise Priority Districts

While we’ve identified these 90 priority districts for proactive outreach, this list is not exclusionary. Our goal is to create positive health impacts wherever we can. If your district is ready to implement the WSCC model and you think it’s a good
fit for CATCH Promise, we want to talk with you. Email us at

Learn more about how we selected these 90 priority districts.

School District (scroll Down)               |                  State

Washington Elementary School District Arizona
Little Rock School District Arkansas
Bakersfield City California
Colton Joint Unified California
Compton Unified California
Fontana Unified California
Fresno Unified California
Garden Grove Unified California
Hemet Unified California
Los Angeles Unified California
Madera Unified California
Montebello Unified California
Moreno Valley Unified California
Oakland Unified California
Ontario-Montclair California
Pajaro Valley Unified California
Palm Springs Unified California
Palmdale Elementary California
Pomona Unified California
Rialto Unified California
San Bernardino City Unified California
Santa Ana Unified California
Stockton Unified California
Twin Rivers Unified California
Bridgeport School District Connecticut
Hartford School District Connecticut
New Haven School District Connecticut
District Of Columbia Public Schools District of Columbia
Atlanta Public Schools Georgia
Bibb County Georgia
Clayton County Georgia
Richmond County Georgia
City Of Chicago SD 299 Illinois
Rockford School District 205 Illinois
Indianapolis Public Schools Indiana
Kansas City Kansas
Wichita Kansas
East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana
Jefferson Parish Public Schools Louisiana
Baltimore City Public Schools Maryland
Springfield Massachusetts
Detroit City School District Michigan
Jackson Public School Dist Mississippi
St. Louis City Missouri
Elizabeth Public Schools New Jersey
Paterson Public Schools New Jersey
The Newark Public Schools New Jersey
New York City Public Schools New York
Rochester City School District New York
Yonkers City School District New York
Public Schools Of Robeson County North Carolina
Akron Public Schools Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan School District Ohio
Columbus City School District Ohio
Toledo Public Schools Ohio
Oklahoma City Public Schools Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools Oklahoma
Philadelphia City School District Pennsylvania
Providence Public School District Rhode Island
Memphis City Schools Tennessee
Aldine ISD Texas
Alief ISD Texas
Brownsville ISD Texas
Dallas ISD Texas
Edinburg CISD Texas
Fort Worth ISD Texas
Galena Park ISD Texas
Houston ISD Texas
Irving ISD Texas
La Joya ISD Texas
Laredo ISD Texas
Pasadena ISD Texas
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Texas
San Antonio ISD Texas
United ISD Texas
Ysleta ISD Texas
Granite District Utah
Nebo District Utah
Salt Lake City District Utah
Washington District Utah
Richmond City Public Schools Virginia
Milwaukee School District Wisconsin

= districts with full or partial CATCH implementation

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CATCH Promise Terms and Commitments

CATCH Promise is a substantial initiative by CATCH Global Foundation, which could include hundreds of thousands of dollars in community health grants and services for each school district served. As with any grants for educational programs, there are
terms and commitments for all parties involved.

To qualify for CATCH Promise, school districts must commit to:

  • Work toward full implementation and institutionalization of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model using the CATCH Coordination Kit; this can be done in phases over multiple years.
  • Measure and track health and education processes and outcomes.
  • Leverage district and campus communications to promote & celebrate school health efforts.
  • Recommended: Implement at least one CATCH component (CATCH K-8 classroom curriculum, CATCH PE, etc.).

CATCH Global Foundation commits to (as needed):

  • Secure funding to support initial costs of WSCC institutionalization; create a plan for long-term locally-sustained implementation funding.
  • In-person CATCH trainings, curricula & resources (via platform), and support equipment.
  • Provide ongoing program and technical support.
  • Leverage CATCH communication channels to celebrate successes and promote a community of health.

Why these 90 priority school districts?

One of the strengths of CATCH is that our coordinated school health program works with districts of all shapes and sizes. So, why have we identified “priority districts” for CATCH Promise? We created this targeted list based on district size (>20,000 students)and
free-and-reduced lunch rate (>75%); two factors that are strong indicators of public health need and resource availability.

CATCH Promise is a commitment to source and supply external resources (e.g. community health grants, training, equipment, etc.) and is intended only for districts that need substantial outside support in order to implement the WSCC model. These are districts where health education grants are going to have the greatest impact. We are open to conversations with any and all districts that are committed to successfully implementing the CATCH Program. Email us at or give us a call at (855) 500-0050.

CATCH Promise Sites & Funders

The CATCH Promise wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Founding Partners: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, RGK Foundation, and UTHealth.

CATCH is fully or partially implemented in 16 CATCH Promise sites around the country (see highlighted districts in the list above). Look for CATCH Promise district profiles here soon!


Local CATCH Promise Funders

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