Achieve Hartford is an independent nonprofit organization founded by business and community leaders with the belief that strong schools lead to a strong city. As Mayors, Boards of Education and Superintendents change over time, Achieve Hartford has been the consistent voice pushing for high-quality education in Hartford since 2008.
Founded in 1894, Hartford’s Camp Courant is currently the oldest and largest free summer day program in the nation and provides six weeks of fun and learning for children ages 5 through 12 residing in the city of Hartford each summer. Hartford’s Camp Courant’s Early Learning Center serves the youngest campers, those ages 5 and 6. The Early Learning Program is designed with the goals of the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading’s metrics. The goal of the Campaign is to increase the percentage of third graders who read on grade level to 60% by 2020.
Coalition for New Britain’s Youth
The Coalition for New Britain’s Youth is a citywide collaborative committed to improving the lives of New Britain’s youth, birth through age 24, and works to ensure they have what they need to be successful in school, career, and life. The Coalition serves as the go-to, backbone organization by creating a common agenda and a shared measurement system.
Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC) provides resources, both financial and intellectual, to help support the development and implementation of a comprehensive early childhood (birth to age 8) system in Connecticut.
Connecticut Radio Information Systems
The goal of CRISKids is to enhance knowledge and improve literacy for children who have visual, learning, physical, emotional or intellectual disabilities, or who are not reading at grade level.
Hartford Performs was created with the support of the school system to foster student achievement in literacy and the 21st century skills they will need to thrive in both school and career. Hartford Performs is intended to be the district’s mechanism to ensure that all students have equal access to consistently high-quality arts offerings as part of their education. Their arts-integration programs reach students who are otherwise not engaged, and benefit all students by enhancing the critical and creative thinking processes that are required to understand, apply, and demonstrate learning in all subject areas.
Jumpstart focuses on preschool children in under-resourced communities because economically disadvantaged children often start kindergarten already behind in their early academic and social-emotional skills, and are more likely to stay behind. They are less likely to read at grade level by the 3rd grade, increasing chances of academic difficulties in later grades. Teams of 6-7 highly trained Jumpstart college student volunteers engage preschool children in existing early childhood settings in a series of adult-led, child-led, small-group, and large-group activities to foster language, literacy, and social-emotional skill development among the children.
Key Initiatives to Education (KITE)
KITE is a community collaborative dedicated to enhancing health, family engagement & support, and early care & education to Enfield’s youngest residents. KITE is supported by a variety of public and private community partners, who share the vision to ensure that Enfield’s children are healthy, safe and happy; live in thriving families; and are ready to learn the skills they need to succeed in school and flourish in the 21st century.
Middlesex Coalition for Children
The Coalition was founded in 1992 with a mission “to improve the lives of children in Middletown and Middlesex County”. Its central premise is that schools cannot alone ensure the success of children. MCC’s goal is to ensure that ALL children grow up in the conditions and have the experiences that are the foundation for adult success. The major work of the coalition is to serve as the catalyst for improvements to the system of child-serving agencies in Middletown and to connect those efforts and agencies to the larger statewide system.
Read to Grow
The Books for Babies (BFB) program provides new board books to over 58% of all newborns in the state and early literacy guides to their parents/caregivers through hospital partners.
Regional Grade-Level Reading Marketing Communications Plan
The Hartford Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth are developing a multi-year regional marketing and communication plan. The purpose of developing and implementing this plan is to increase the capacity of the Initiatives to achieve their community goals around increasing the proportion of children who learn to read by the end of third grade.
Sheff Movement Coalition
Concern and outrage over segregated and unequal conditions in the Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven schools led to the formation of a statewide organization in the late 1980s, called the Connecticut Coalition for Educational Equity. The coalition brought together parents, educators, faith leaders, and community activists and also included several of the plaintiffs in the Sheff case. After the Sheff case was filed, the coalition became increasingly focused on the Hartford region. Community organizing and activism continued throughout the different stages of the case. In the early 2000s, as the Sheff remedy started to grow, the current Sheff Movement coalition emerged, based on two important insights: first, that parents and children in the growing two way inter-district system had become untethered from the traditional school district structures and needed a voice and a coalition focused on their interests, and second, that by bringing all of the stakeholders in the system together on a regular basis, we could keep an open flow of information, reach consensus and alignment on goals, and spot and address implementation issues at an early stage.
Teach for America
Teach for America (TFA) places highly qualified teachers into classrooms and provides wrap around support to the teacher for two years and beyond. The teachers are explicitly trained to teach and understand education through a critical consciousness lens; this culturally sustaining pedagogy approach supports teachers to make instructional decisions in their classrooms based on student and family needs and embedded in culture.
The Village for Families and Children
Words Count is a prevention program for young children which uses parent interventions to develop language and early literacy skills. Through home visits, Literacy Coaches engage caregivers and child(ren) in play-based activities which stimulate early language, cognitive, and social development. Utilizing a structured curriculum, staff models for parents the importance of reading and oral language exposure to promote literacy development. Words Count provides parents with the knowledge and skills to be their child’s first teacher to ensure they reach age-appropriate developmental milestones and enter kindergarten with the skills needed to learn and grow socially and academically.
Trauma-Informed Practice Fund Grants
- My Sister’s Place
- New Britain After School Trauma-Informed Practice Initiative
- Covenant Preparatory School