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, 2) a lack of resources to implement, and 3) district readiness to act. CATCH Global Foundation is offering to help these 100 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.

CATCH Global Foundation has helped bring more than $1.5 million to date 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, Goose Creek ISD, 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 100 school districts as CATCH Promise “priorities” based on their size and free-and-reduced lunch rate. By proactively reaching out to these 100 priority districts—who serve 1 in 8 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 23 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 100 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 100 priority districts.

School District (scroll Down)               |                  State

Santa Ana UnifiedCalifornia

Washington Elementary School District Arizona
Jefferson County Schools Alabama
Phoenix Union High School District Arizona
Little Rock School District Arkansas
Bakersfield City School District California
Colton Joint Unified California
Compton Unified California
Fontana Unified California
Fresno Unified California
Hemet Unified California
Los Angeles Unified California
Madera Unified California
Montebello Unified California
Moreno Valley Unified California
Oakland Unified California
Ontario-Montclair School District California
Palm Springs Unified California
Palmdale Elementary California
Pomona Unified California
Rialto Unified California
Stockton Unified California
Val Verde Unified California
Harrison School District No. 2 Colorado
School District No. 1 Colorado
Bridgeport School District Connecticut
Hartford School District Connecticut
New Britain School District Connecticut
District Of Columbia Public Schools District of Columbia
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Florida
Atlanta Public Schools Georgia
Clayton County Public Schools Georgia
DeKalb County School District Georgia
City Of Chicago SD 299 Illinois
Fort Wayne Community Schools Indiana
Indianapolis Public Schools Indiana
Des Moines Independent Comm School District Iowa
Kansas City Public Schools Kansas
Wichita Kansas
Jefferson Parish Public Schools Louisiana
Rapides Parish Schools Louisiana
Baltimore City Public Schools Maryland
Prince George’s County Public Schools Maryland
Springfield Public Schools Massachusetts
Dearborn City School District Michigan
Detroit City School District Michigan
Lansing Public School District Michigan
St. Paul Public School District Minnesota
Jackson Public School Dist Mississippi
Ferguson-Florissant R-II School District Missouri
Kansas City 33 School District Missouri
Omaha Public Schools Nebraska
Clark County School District Nevada
The Newark Public Schools New Jersey
Passaic City School District New Jersey
Trenton Public School District New Jersey
Albuquerque Public Schools New Mexico
New York City Department of Education New York
Syracuse 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
Oklahoma City Public Schools Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools Oklahoma
Allentown City School District Pennsylvania
Lancaster School District Pennsylvania
>Philadelphia City School District >Pennsylvania
Providence Public School District Rhode Island
Richland County School District 1 South Carolina
Shelby County Schools Tennessee
Aldine ISD Texas
Alief ISD Texas
Amarillo ISD Texas
Bastrop ISD Texas
Beaumont ISD Texas
Brownsville ISD Texas
Bryan ISD Texas
Dallas ISD Texas
Eagle Pass ISD Texas
Edinburg CISD Texas
El Paso ISD Texas
Garland ISD Texas
Goose Creek CISD Texas
Galena Park ISD Texas
Grand Prairie ISD Texas
>Harlingen CISD >Texas
Houston ISD Texas
IDEA Public Schools Texas
Irving ISD Texas
La Joya ISD Texas
Mesquite ISD Texas
Pasadena ISD Texas
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Texas
Port Arthur ISD Texas
Socorro ISD Texas
Ysleta ISD Texas
Salt Lake City District Utah
Richmond City Public Schools Virginia
Tacoma School District Washington
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 100 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 large student populations and
high free-and-reduced lunch rate (>76.5% average); 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 23 CATCH Promise sites around the country (see highlighted districts in the list above). Look for CATCH Promise district profiles here soon!

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