Partnerships are fundamental to all that we do. We believe a well-coordinated collaboration of partners working with families, implementing research-based programs cradle to career while closely monitoring results will improve the educational outcomes of children and young adults. We develop partnerships, braid services and align funding streams to optimize our impact.

Partner School Districts:  Our success depends in great part on committed school partners. We intentionally select school partners for each of our programs.  We look for school districts with an infrastructure in place for partnering with external organizations and with a leadership prepared to implement research based practices which sometimes requires systemic changes. As well, we seek school partners that are prepared to make a financial commitment to the program.


Implementation Partners

At AdvanceKentucky, the mission is to dramatically expand preparation for, access to, and success in Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English, with a particular focus on serving student populations traditionally underrepresented in AP. Since inception of AdvanceKentucky in 2008 and serving 88 high schools across the state, Kentucky’s statewide growth in AP qualifying scores in all subjects was more than double national increases. AdvanceKentucky is an initiative of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, in partnership with Kentucky Department of Education, Berea College, and others.

College For Every Student (CFES) is a national non-profit organization driven by a deep concern over the disparity in educational opportunity between students from low-income families and their higher income peers. CFES incorporates three proven practices – Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, & Pathways to College- to help low-income students, known as, CFES Scholars, become college ready. CFES serves 20,000 K-12 students in 24 states. CFES’s collaboration with Partners for Education has entailed making over 5,000 mentor/mentee connections within 17 counties and 19 school districts.

CTL is a non-profit educational consulting firm based in Kentucky and working regionally, nationally and internationally to improve classroom instruction and build schools’ leadership capacity. The mission of this organization is to advance excellence in teaching and school leadership. Over the past twenty years, CTL has worked in hundreds of schools with thousands of teachers and with school and district leaders to ensure that each student experiences rich, meaningful and engaging learning in a context that also develops the skills and knowledge of the professionals in the school.

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth.

Financial stability is the key to helping a survivor leave her abuser – especially if she has children. The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association’s (KDVA) Economic Justice Program wants to break the cycle of violence for the next generation. KDVA directs the program through its 15 member shelters which provide credit counseling, financial education, micro loans and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs – matched savings accounts to purchase a home, post-secondary education, small business or car).

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is a comprehensive community and technical college committed to learning success. HCTC partners with students of all ages and backgrounds, helping each design a satisfying future filled with accomplishment. HCTC is a great investment, providing affordable access to college and workforce readiness through the Student Resource Center support structure; college/university transfer, technical programs, and healthcare opportunities via Academic Programs; and customized business/industry training and lifelong learning through Workforce Solutions.

The mission of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) is to expand educational opportunities by providing financial aid and information that helps Kentuckians attain their higher education goals. Fulfilling the General Assembly’s directive to improve access to college and technical training drives every aspect of the agency’s work, particularly in the outreach area.

Save the Children
Save the Children started in Harlan County Kentucky in the 1930’s. The organization has grown to work in 120 countries around the world to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Within the United States, Save the Children partners with school systems and communities to operate high quality early childhood programs designed to help children start Kindergarten ready for success.


U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP: This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Berea College Partners for Education received two GEAR UP award in 2011.

U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhood: The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. Berea College Partners for Education received a Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant in 2011.

Talent Search: The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. Berea College has implemented Talent Search since its beginning.

Upward Bound Math and Science: The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. Berea College has implemented Upward Bound Math and Science since its beginning.

School Turnaround AmeriCorps: The School Turnaround AmeriCorps program supports the placement of a dedicated cadre of AmeriCorps members from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in persistently underachieving schools across the country. In 2013, Partners for Education was awarded funding to launch PartnerCorps, a School Turnaround AmeriCorps.

Jessie Ball duPont Fund: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund grantmaking totals $12 million — $18 million a year. The Fund gives grants only to specifically defined eligible institutions. The Fund encourages those institutions to expand their capacity to serve their communities and find new and innovative ways to extend the reach of Mrs. duPont’s legacy.

Walmart Local Giving:  Through the Local Giving Program, Walmart stores support the needs of their local communities. Partners for Education has received funding for local programs from the following Walmart store:

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Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Abramson Urge Kentuckians to Apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit

More than 400,000 Kentuckians are eligible for tax refund

A result Berea’s collaborative approach was the decision by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear to hold a press conference at the Partners for Education home office, highlighting the efforts of the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI), which is dedicated to increasing individual access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low and middle-income working families and individuals.more…