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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Sonila Bakiu – New Board Member

Welcome and Congratulate!

To Sonila Bakiu, who was recently elected to the CfAL Board of Directors.

Sonila brings a wealth of leadership experience to the organization, and will be most helpful in shaping CfAL’s future and achieving its mission.

She is currently the Manager/Owner of S&J Deleading and Construction Company.

S&T Deleading is one of only handful of construction companies in the Connecticut, which is 100 percent female owned and operated. The company has been performing successful renovation services for the City of New Haven and other cities on a smaller scale since 2011, now threw EERAP Program, Emergency Elderly Program and Lead Remediation Programs.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Director

 

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Ahearn Family Foundation Grant

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to share with you the good news that the Ahearn Family Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant. The grant will be used to further implement our Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” Program (DLEL) in the Hartford, Connecticut community.

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 combines platform instruction, along with detailed instruction and discussion about use of Libraries and engaging early learner educational websites targeted for each specific age level from birth to 5.

The primary goal: Children from disadvantaged families are prepared and ready to learn and succeed when entering/starting school

We express our thanks to the Ahearn Family Foundation for supporting the DLEL program and helping to improve public school children’s education.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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3,000th Parent – Keishla Astrada

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to inform that on November 19th, Keishla Estrada, a Hartford, CT resident, became the 3,000th parent to have participated in CfAL’s parent computer program. She, along with her 6 classmates, received a Congressional Citation of Recognition from Senator Richard Blumenthal. Senator Blumenthal was in Washington and unfortunately could not attend the graduation and shake hands and congratulate Keishla and her classmates.

Keishla is the proud parent of 5 children, who attend Hartford Public Schools. She participated in the parent program to help her children with their education.

On December 16th, we held a dinner celebration to honor Keishla.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

 

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