Liberty Bank Foundation – Grant Awarded

Dear Readers:

We are very proud to announce that the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $4,800 grant that will immediately be used to support our Technology Cascade & Training (TC&T) program.

The TC&T program was designed to close the technology gap for low income students living in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven.

With the technology tsunami sweeping across education, the use of computers in schools is accelerating for classwork and homework. But, can you imagine life in 2017 without a computer?

People assume every student has a computer at home to do their homework. Yet, more than 37% of low-income families do not have a working computer in the home. These 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!

The goals of the TC&T program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance New Haven’s 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 200 New Haven 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 Liberty Bank Foundation, we are partnering to improve the education of disadvantaged families, who have children attending public schools in New Haven that do not have a working computer in their home.

Thank you to the Liberty Bank Foundation for investing in the education of these students attending New Haven Public Schools.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Paint & Sip Fundraiser Event

An exciting evening coming up with a fun Paint Nite fundraiser event on June 7th at the Raymour & Flanigan Furniture store in Orange. See flyer below, or click on the following link for more information.
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Carolyn Foundation Grant for Summer Math Program

To Our Readers:

We are please to let you know the Carolyn Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $5,200 grant for our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are pleased and thankful to the Carolyn Foundation’s Board of Trustees for awarding this grant. The grant will be used to deliver 5 weeks of math instruction for up to twenty-eight 3rd and 4th students attending 4 elementary schools in the New Haven Public School district.

This program is a 5-week math intervention that has a proven record of improving the math literacy of underperforming third through fifth grade students, living in the impoverished  neighborhoods of New Haven. The record of success includes having improved students’ math literacy year over year by more than 30% in just 5 weeks.

We are delighted that the Carolyn Foundation is partnering with CfAL, as we mutually strive to improve students’ math literacy and long term academic outcomes.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Grant Awarded by People’s United Community Foundation

Dear Readers:

People’s United Community Foundation Grant Award

We are very pleased to let you know CfAL has been awarded a $5,200 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation. This grant will be used to help sustain our parent computer program for parents who have children attending the New Haven Public Schools district.

The program gives underserved parents technology skills, and extends learning beyond the 4 walls of the classroom for their children. The goal of the program is to increase students’ academic achievement by increasing parents’ participation in their children’s education at home.

With this grant, we plan to give computer training to 40 parents who have children attending Fair Haven School, and upon completing training, we will give the families a gently-used computer and install it in their home. They will also receive a year of technical support.

People’s United Community Foundation and CfAL are working together to improve students’ education and strengthen the vitality of New Haven’s poorest neighborhoods.

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

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Pfizer Grant Award for Summer Math

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased that Pfizer Groton Laboratories recognizes the importance of our Summer Math program and has awarded CfAL with a $4,800 grant. This grant will be used to deliver our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

With this grant, on July 5th, we will intervene and help improve the math literacy of  New Haven Public School 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.

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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KeyBank Foundation Grant Award

Dear Reader:

We are pleased to inform you that the KeyBank Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant for our Technology Cascade & Training Program.

This grant will permit CfAL to sustain its parent computer program for disadvantaged families that have children attending New Haven Public Schools.

Through this grant and funding from other sources, CfAL will give computer training to 40 parents who have school-age children, and upon completing training, CfAL will give the families a gently-used computer, running current software, and install the computer in their home. The families will also receive a year of technical support. These actions will help extend learning beyond the 4 walls of the classroom for the students, and increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education.

This news is exciting, but also important is the KeyBank Foundation’s confidence in CfAL’s capability to help improve the learning outcomes of New Haven Public School students.

On behalf of our Board, staff and volunteers, we are truly thankful for this grant award from the KeyBank Foundation.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

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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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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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