Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

Since 2010, Center For Family Services and our team of partners have been committed to placed-based work in Camden City.

CPN Timeline

Feb 2018

Launched Raising a Reader.

Jan 2018

Launched Academic Parent Teacher Teams at U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School.

November 2017

Held 1st Annual Fall Festival in the Promise Neighborhood.

November 2017

Launched College and career Success Office in partnership with Camden High School.

October 2017

Launched InDemand in partnership with Cooper University Heathcare.

October 2017

Launched Early Learning Network thanks to an investment from the Nicholson Foundation.

September 2017

Launched Subaru Pathways to Success thanks to an investment from Subaru of America.

September 2017

Launched after school programs at KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square and after school and structured recess at Wiggins.

July 2017

Launched summer programs at KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square and Wiggins.

January 2017

Center For Family Services received Federal Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant.

May 2015

The City of Camden in partnership with Center For Family Services is awarded funding under the AmeriCorps Governor and Mayor Initiative to launch PowerCorps Camden.

April 2015

Camden City is awarded Federal Promise Zone designation.


Back to Basics Youth Tutoring Program provides small group instruction in Mathematics and Language Arts/Literacy to Camden youth grades k-12.

September 2014

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Renaissance School opens in Cooper Lanning.

August 2014

Center For Family Services partners with Camden schools to establish a parent center at the Family Success Center.

January 2014

City of Camden receives federal funding to replicate evidence-based Cure Violence model.


Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center launches the College Access Program to assist residents in college pursuits.

December 2013

Promise Neighborhood partners launch a citywide Food Access Initiative.

November 2013

Center For Family Services receives Corporation for National and Community Service funding to provide Head Start classrooms with additional support focused on school readiness.

October 2013

City of Camden receives National Youth Forum funding to create a citywide plan to address youth violence.

August 2013

Center For Family Services is named a Navigator Exchange Program grantee.

June 2013

The State of NJ takes control of the Camden City schools.

February 2013

Center For Family Services receives private funding for Baby's Best Start to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College Program.

January 2013

Center For Family Services and its partners receive a federal Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant.


The Born to Read grade level reading initiative is launched in Camden City.

November 2012

Center For Family Services receives funding to open the Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center in Camden's Cooper Lanning community.

August 2012

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University opens in Camden.

June 2012

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading names the City of Camden a Community Solutions Pacesetter.

May 2012

Campbell Soup Foundation awards Center For Family Services funding to implement Head Start Healthy Communities, addressing childhood obesity and hunger.


Center For Family Services is awarded funding to host AmeriCorps VISTA members to build capacity to fight poverty in the City of Camden.

December 2011

Center For Family Services receives a Head Start Replacement Grant to provide early learning and family support services in 14 preschool locations in Camden City and Camden County.


Center For Family Services launches Qrew’s Nest, a mentoring and tutoring program that pairs high school volunteers with elementary school children.

March 2010

Center for Family Services launches a multi-partner collaborative to address the education, health, food access, safety and other needs of families in Cooper Lanning.

Camden Promise Neighborhood Team

  • Camden Coalition 
  • Camden City School District
  • Camden County College
  • Camden County Police Department
  • Camden High School
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Center For Family Services
  • City of Camden
  • Community Planning and Advocacy Council
  • Community Residents
  • Cooper Foundation
  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Cooper Medical School at Rowan University
  • Cooper Lanning Civic Association
  • Food Bank of South Jersey
  • Girls Inc.
  • Holman Automotive
  • Hopeworks
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square Primary  
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square Middle 
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Whittier Middle 
  • Lanning Square West Residents in Action
  • Nicholson Foundation
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University - Camden
  • Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative
  • Subaru of America
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ
  • YMCA of Greater Philadelphia