Microsoft Grant Award

Dear Readers:

On behalf of the CfAL Board of Directors, we are pleased to let you know that Microsoft has awarded CfAL a grant to start up a new program called “Innovative Pathways to Information Technology” (IPTI).

This new program is designed to attract and motivate New Haven Public School’s high school students to enter a pathway that leads to schools of higher education, with degrees in computer science, and or jobs in computer science and Information Technology. This goal will be achieved by teaching underserved students to program, starting with designing and developing websites using HTML, CSS, PHP and Java.

Instruction will be in-classroom led by a talented instructor experienced in designing and developing websites using programming applications as mentioned above. The curriculum introduces students to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites.

It is exciting that Microsoft has chosen to partner with CfAL in implementing the new IPTI program.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Paint & Sip Fundraiser Event

For 2017, we start the year off with a fun Paint Nite fundraiser event on March 8th at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture store in North Haven. See flyer below, or click on the following link for more information.
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Change in Direction

Dear Viewers:

Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL), on behalf of the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, worked to increase the quality of life and learning outcomes of low-income public school students and their parents, living in impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, by delivering the Tech-4-ALL-CT (T4a) project.

We are delighted to announce that over the past 8 years the CfAL organization has trained and given gently-used computers to 2,047 low-income Connecticut families. Using a census number of 2.19 students per household, the T4a project has provided a working computer and installed it in the home of nearly 4,500 students. Clearly, these computers have extended learning beyond the classroom, and have helped make these students and their parents more competitive in school and in life. Below is the number of project participants per city.

Bridgeport Hartford New Haven Waterbury All Cities
202 662 633 550 2,047

Project’s impact? The September 2016 evaluation report, from an independent 3rd party evaluator showed that:

  • 75% percent of the parents indicated that they had increased their involvement with their children’s educational activities.
  • 73% percent of the parents/guardians indicated that their children“often” or “frequently” used the computer to complete their schoolwork.
  • 93% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that their children’s learning motivation had been enhanced.
  • 90% percent indicated that their children’s grades were better.

Although, the project had continuously proved to have a positive impact on learning, the State eliminated funding and overlooked its positive impact. This project ended on December 31, 2016.

CfAL is now seeking financial support to sustain the parent computer program in New Haven only.

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Help Change the Course of a Child’s Future: Donate Today

Please Help Change the Course of a Child’s Future; Donate Today

Dear Friends and Supporters:

For many low-income school children living in impoverished urban communities, owning a computer has only been a dream. They are part of the gap that exists between their affluent classmates who possess regular access to computers and the internet, and students who are struggling just to survive. These underserved children are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult for them to compete and succeed in school and in life!

Our non-profit organization, Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL), has implemented a program that’s proven to help improve public school children’s grades and their parents’ involvement in their education. However, proven success was not enough to prevent the State of Connecticut from eliminating funding for this successful program.

Since 2003, CfAL has given computer training and gently-used computers to nearly 3,600 families, living in the poorest neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury.

To quote a New Haven, CT parent, Ms. Eileen Henderson, “I no longer have to walk my children to the library or a relative’s house. My children are so excited about being able to do their schoolwork at home”. Ms. Henderson is one of the 85% of surveyed parents that indicated having a computer at home helped improve their children’s grades.

We are asking for your financial support so you can help CfAL, sustain the program mentioned above, by making a tax-deductible donation. You will be helping Change the Course of a Child’s Future and make a lasting impact on their Education.

A donation can be made online by credit card or PayPal. Go to our website’s home page, www.EachChildLearns.org, click on the Donate Now icon. You may also use the enclosed donation card and envelope to provide support. CfAL’s Tax exempt number is 06-1623641.

Thank you from our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers at CfAL for caring and your generous donation.

Sincerely,

Jeff Solomon                      Curtis Hill           

Board Chair                         Executive Director

 

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Grant Awarded by the NewAlliance Foundation

Dear Readers:

On behalf of the CfAL organization, we extend a very big and warm thank you to the NewAlliance Foundation for awarding CfAL with a $5,000 grant.

This generous grant will be used to sustain our parent computer program. The objectives of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and increase disadvantaged parents’ involvement in their children’s education at home. These objectives ultimately lead to their children having improved academic achievement.

With the technology tsunami sweeping across education, at schools and in homes, and every day that passes more and more students’ schoolwork is being required to be completed after school on a computer. Most of the homework is completed at home. Yet, students who do not have regular access to computers and the internet in the home are at a disadvantage to their more affluent peers.

Can you imagine life in 2016/2017 without a computer? Students who do not have access to computers at home are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult to compete and succeed in school and in life!

With this grant, CfAL will give computer training to 40 disadvantaged parents, and upon completing training, we will give these families a gently-used computer that we will install in their home. To support their use of the computer, we will also give them a year of technical support.

Thank you to the NewAlliance Foundation Board of Directors and staff for being a steadfast community partner. Our partner strives to strengthen the community it serves through literacy and education.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Town Fair Tire Foundation’s Grant Award

Dear Readers:

Hearing good news is always special! We here at CfAL were delighted to hear that the Town Fair Tire Foundation had awarded CfAL with a $1,000 grant.

The grant will be used to sustain a program that extends learning beyond the classroom and enhances disadvantaged parents’ participation in their children’s education at home.

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, CfAL will give computer training to 40 parents, and upon completing training, these parents will be given a gently-used computer, which we will install in their home, along with a year of technical support.

Together with the Town Fair Tire Foundation, we are partnering to improve the education of disadvantaged families, who have children attending public schools that do not have a working computer in their home.

Thank you to the Town Fair Tire Foundation for investing in the education of these students who attend our public school system.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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AVANGRID Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to let you know that the AVANGRID Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $2,000 grant for our summer math project called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

For readers unfamiliar with AVANGRID, it is the new parent company of United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas in Orange, CT. Its logo is below.

AVANGRID Logo

With this grant, we will intervene and help improve the math literacy of under-performing 3rd and 4th grade students attending elementary schools in a few of the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven. CfAL will deliver 5 weeks of engaging math instruction to as many as 28 students attending these schools. We are now in our 4th week of training, and completing students, who we will call Math Stars, will graduate on August 4th.

We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to the AVANGRID Foundation for awarding CfAL with this grant, and its generous financial support. We are also thankful for AVANGRID being our community partner, as we mutually strive to strengthen the New Haven community, by helping to improve disadvantaged public school children’s education and quality of life.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Liberty Bank Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to let you know the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $4,800 grant that will be used to develop a 3-year strategic plan.

This grant is very important and much needed to help confirm CfAL’s operating direction and major priorities to be accomplished in year one of the strategic plan, and remaining 2 years thereafter.

We are thankful that the Liberty Bank Foundation recognized the importance of CfAL having a new strategic plan, which will ultimately lead to helping CT public school children improve their education.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

 

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People’s United Community Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are pleased to let you know People’s United Community Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $5,200 grant that will be used to sustain our parent computer program. The goals of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Simultaneously, we will help close the “digital divide”.

We are thankful to People’s United Community Foundation for this grant and the Foundation’s commitment to improving education.

With this grant, CfAL will give computer training to disadvantaged parents and upon completing training, we will give the families a gently-used computer that we will install in their home. To support their use of the computer, we will also give them a year of technical support.

Thank you People’s United Community Foundation for being a steadfast community partner.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are pleased and honored to let you know that Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories have awarded CfAL with a $4,800 grant. This grant will be used deliver our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

With this grant, in July 2016, we will intervene and help improve the math literacy of underperforming 3rd and 4th grade students attending elementary schools in a few of the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven. CfAL will deliver 5 weeks of engaging math instruction to as many as 28 students attending these schools.

We are thankful to Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories for the financial support and for being our community partner, as we mutually strive to strengthen the New Haven community, by helping to improve disadvantaged public school children’s education and their quality of life.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

 

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