People’s United Community Foundation Grant

Dear Readers:

The technology tsunami is sweeping across education, at schools and in homes. Every day that passes more and more students’ schoolwork is being required to be completed after school, at home, on a computer. But what if the student doesn’t have a computer at home? They are at a disadvantage. CfAL, through partnerships, is extending learning beyond the classroom by putting computers in the homes of disadvantaged families.

On behalf of the CfAL Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we are honored and thankful to People’s United Community Foundation for awarding us with a $5,200 grant. The grant will be used to help sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program for parents who have children attending Fair Haven School in New Haven, Connecticut

The program gives computer training, gently-computers and technical support to disadvantaged parents of students in the impoverished neighborhood of Fair Haven in New Haven, Connecticut. Our goals are to extend learning beyond the classroom, to increase forty parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and to help eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families, by providing knowledge, skills and renewed hope.

People’s United Community Foundation and CfAL are working together to build a better future for children and their families, living in Fair Haven.

Thank you People’s United Community Foundation!

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories Grant Award

We are pleased to announce Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories have awarded CfAL with a $4,000 grant for our engaging 5-week summer math project called “Learning Math After School Can Be Fun”.

We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories for awarding CfAL with this grant. The grant will be used to deliver 5 weeks of training to significantly improve the math literacy and appreciation toward math of underperforming 3rd through 5th grade students attending public schools in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

We have already begun meeting with school Math Coaches, as we identify and send invitations to parents of potential participants. Classes begin on July 7th, with a graduation date of August 6th.

We are excited about having the opportunity to train up to 30 students and helping them improve their math performance, self-esteem and appreciation toward math.

Working together Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories and CfAL will make a significant difference by improving public school children’s math education in New Haven.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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First Niagara Bank – Gently-used Computer Donation

Dear Readers:

Since our initial parent computer program launch in 2003, the First Niagara Bank and First Niagara Foundation have been steadfast supporters of CfAL. Their financial support has helped us implement and sustain our summer math program and, more importantly, our parent computer program. Through the parent computer program, we have trained and given gently-used computers to more than 3,100 disadvantaged families, who live in the poorest neighbors of Connecticut’s major urban centers. In 2014, we trained and gave computers to 374 families, as we strove to extend learning beyond the classroom, increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and simultaneously help close the “digital divide”.

Through the magic and generosity of the First Niagara Bank, CfAL recently received their donation of 300 gently-used computers. We are so thankful for this tremendous donation, which provides enough computers to cover our parent computer program gently-used computer needs for nearly an entire year. This donation will have a positive impact on the lives of nearly 1,000 people, on their path of life-long learning.

Of behalf of CfAL’s Board of Director, staff and volunteers, we are ever thankful for this wonderful gift.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Liberty Bank Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to let you know CfAL has been awarded a $3,600 grant by the Liberty Bank Foundation’s Board of Directors. We are honored they have chosen CfAL over so many worthy organizations that also do great work.

The Liberty Bank Foundation’s grant will be used to help sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program in the City of Meriden. The goals of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance Meriden parents’ participation in their children’s education at home, while simultaneously helping to close the “digital divide” for disadvantaged families.

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, 40 Meriden Family Zone parents will receive computer training. 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.

Through Cox Communications in partnership with Connect2Compete, a nonprofit program that brings affordable Internet to qualifying households. Eligible graduating parents can sign up for high speed internet service at $9.95 per month.

The Liberty Bank Foundation and CfAL are working together to mutually improve the education of disadvantaged children attending public schools in Meriden that do not have a working computer in their home.

We extend an important thank you to the Liberty Bank Foundation and its Board of Directors  for this grant award.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Cox Charities Grant Award

Dear Readers:

Hearing good news is always special and this morning Cox Charities announced it had awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant.

The grant will be used to sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program in the City of Meriden. The goal of the program is to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance Meriden parents’ participation in their children’s education at home.

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, 40 Meriden Family Zone parents will receive computer training. 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.

Cox is teaming with Connect2Compete, a nonprofit program that brings affordable Internet to qualifying households. Eligible graduating parents can sign up for high speed internet service at $9.95 per month.

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

Thank you Cox Charities for this grant.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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First Niagara Foundation Grant

First Niagara Foundation Grant Award

We are pleased to let you know the First Niagara Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant for our 2015 summer math project called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

This grant, along with support from other funders, will be used to instruct and significantly improve the math literacy and attitude toward math of up to 30 3rd through 5th grade students. These underperforming 3th thru 5th grade students attend public schools in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Without the intervention of the Learning Math After School Can Be Fun project, these students would continue to fall further behind in math and have very limited opportunity to ever catch up.

We are excited about having the opportunity to instruct these students and help them improve their math performance, self-esteem and attitude toward math.

On behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers of CfAL, we wish to express our appreciation and thanks to the First Niagara Financial Group for the grant and its continued support of our organization.

Working together, the First Niagara Foundation and CfAL will make a significant difference by improving public school children’s math education in New Haven.

Thank you!

CfAL Board of Directors

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NewAlliance Foundation Grant

Dear Readers:

The NewAlliance Foundation provides financial support to charitable organizations operating in its service area that address diverse community needs, including youth & education. In addition, a segment of their grant making is targeted toward programs that empower people through the development of literacy skills.

Through this mutual interest in improving educational outcomes and literacy, we are very pleased to let you know the NewAlliance Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $7,500 grant. This grant will be used to help sustain our Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” program (DLEL).

The DLEL program has been designed to increase disadvantaged parents’ awareness of the benefit of early learning, and help them engage in educating their children, age birth to 5, so their children can start kindergarten with the critical skills they’ll need to learn and succeed in school.

The program, through a 4-workshop series, combines platform instruction, along with detailed instructions and discussion about the use of Libraries and engaging and important early learner educational websites targeted for each specific age level, from birth to 5.

We thank the NewAlliance Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff for this grant award and supporting the DLEL program, as we mutually work to improve public school children’s education.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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UIL and United Illuminating Holdings Grant

We are pleased to announce that UIL and UIL Holdings Corporation has awarded CfAL with a $1,000 grant for our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to UIL and UIL Holdings Corporation for awarding CfAL with this grant. The grant will be used to significantly improve the math literacy and attitude toward math of underperforming 3rd thru 5th grade students attending schools in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

Shortly, we will begin identifying participants for this 5 week program. Classes begin on July 7th.

We are excited about having the opportunity to train up to 30 students and helping them improve their math performance, self-esteem and attitude toward math.

Working together UIL and UIL Holdings Corporation and CfAL will make a significant difference by improving public school children’s education in New Haven.

Thank you UIL and UIL Holdings Corporation

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James H. Napier Foundation Grant Award

We are very pleased to let you know CfAL has received a $5,200 grant from the James H. Napier Foundation. The grant will be used to help sustain our parent computer program for parents who have children attending Meriden Public Schools. 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 enhance parents’ participation in their children’s education at home.

With this grant, and financial support from other funders, we plan to train 40 parents of Meriden Public School students, and upon completing training, we will give the parents a gently-used computer and install it in their home. They will also receive a year of technical support, all at no charge

James H. Napier Foundation and CfAL are working together to improve children’s education and sustain parenting and family support programs.

Thank you James H. Napier Foundation

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