CFAL – Bridging the “digital divide”

Dear Readers:

Through an interview with WTNH’s lead evening news anchor
Keith Kountz, we had the opportunity to speak about the work CfAL is doing to help bridge the “digital divide” for public school children in Connecticut. The interview was aired on Sunday, July 13th.

Click on the link below to hear more about CfAL and the work CfAL’s instructors are performing to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom, and increase their parents’ involvement in their education.

http://wtnh.com/2014/07/13/non-profit-provides-free-computers-training-to-families/

Thank you,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Grant from People’s United Community Foundation

To our Viewers:

We are pleased to inform you that the People’s United Community Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $4,000 grant for our Technology Cascade & Training Program.

This grant will be used to give computer training to 30 disadvantaged parents who have children attending the Wexler-Grant Community School. Wexler-Grant is located in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in New Haven, known as Newhallville.

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 children, and increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education at home.

News of this grant is very exciting, but nearly as important is People’s United Community Foundation’s confidence in CfAL’s capability to help improve the academic achievement of public school children, living in the most impoverished neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

On behalf of our Board, staff and volunteers, we are truly thankful for the continued support and grant award from the People’s United Community Foundation.

Thank you People’s United Community Foundation!

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Carolyn Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are sharing delightful news…that the Carolyn Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $5,400 grant for our summer math program. This grant will be used to intervene and help improve the math literacy of underperforming 3rd through 5th grade students, attending several public schools in New Haven, CT by giving engaging math instruction to as many as 28 students.

With this grant and funds from other funders, we will deliver a 6 week summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun. The program is designed to significantly improve students’ math skills and knowledge. Over the past 4 years, the average level of improvement for each year exceeds 40%.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers we are thankful to the Carolyn Foundation for this grant and being our community partner, as we mutually strive to improve public school children’s education and their quality of life.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Evaluation of Parent Computer Program

We recently received an evaluation report about our “Technology Cascade & Training” Program. The program gives computer training and gently-used computers to disadvantaged families. The goals of the program are to help improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged public school children by extending learning beyond the classroom and increasing parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Research clearly shows that the more parents are involved, the better their children perform in school.

The May 2014 evaluation report, from an independent 3rd party, showed that:

  • Eighty-seven percent of the parents indicated that they had increased their involvement with their children’s educational activities.

  • Eighty percent of the parents/guardians indicated that their children “often” or “frequently” used the computer to complete their schoolwork.

  • The great overwhelming majority of respondents (93%) agreed or strongly agreed that their children’s learning motivation had been enhanced

  • Eighty-five percent indicated that their children’s grades were better

Since July 2003, we have given computer training and gently used computers to more than 2,800 parents, impacting the lives of nearly 8,700 people, parents and children. We can be proud of what we have been able to accomplish; yet, we also know there are many more families that need our help.

Thank you for supporting this important program that brings technology into the homes of disadvantaged families.

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Pfizer, Inc. and Groton Laboratories Grant

When young students are behind in math by the 3rd grade, without intervention, their chances of catching up are very remote.

Thanks to the generosity of Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories, who recently awarded CfAL with a $3,900 grant, in July CfAL will intervene and help improve the math literacy of up to 28 underperforming 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

This grant will be used to deliver a 5 weeks summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun that is designed to significantly improve students’ math skills and knowledge. Over the past 4 years, the average level of improvement exceeds 40%.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we greatly appreciate and thankful to Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories for having the confidence in ability to help underperforming students catch up.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Grant Award from the Bartels Trust

Hearing good news is always special. Last week, we received good news from the Henry and Nancy Bartels Trust that their Board of Trustees had awarded CfAL with a $5,000 grant.

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

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, 100 New Haven parents will receive computer training. Upon completing training, these parents will be given a gently-used computer, which CfAL will install in their home, and we will give them a year of technical support.

Together with the Bartels Trust, 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 Henry and Nancy Bartels Trust for having confidence in our ability to improve children’s education.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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First Niagara Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are honored that the First Niagara Financial Group and the First Niagara Foundation have awarded the CfAL organization with a $2,500 grant. This news is very pleasing. But, just as important is their confidence in our capability to help improve the math literacy of underperforming 3rd through 5th grade public school children. These students live in the most impoverished neighborhoods of New Haven, Connecticut.

Their grant will be used to support CfAL’s Learning Math After School Can Be Fun program. With this grant, and financial support from other funders, in July 2014, we will intervene and help improve the math literacy of underperforming 4th and 5th grade students attending elementary schools in New Haven. CfAL will give engaging math instruction to as many as 28 students attending these schools.

We are thankful to the First Niagara Financial Group and the First Niagara Foundation for their financial support and for being our community partner. Mutually, we strive to strengthen the New Haven community, by helping to improve public school children’s education and their quality of life.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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UIL Holdings Corporation Grant Award

Dear Readers:
We are pleased to inform you that The United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas has awarded CfAL with a $1,000 grant for our 2014 summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

This program has been designed to help improve the math literacy of 3rd thru 5th grade public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

Research shows that the achievement gap starts with children who begin school with poor math skill typically do not catch up. Across the nation, children who have low math scores in the fall of their kindergarten year, continue to lag behind their better prepared peers through the 8th grade. Those least prepared are disproportionately children of color and from low-income families. Those children spend a limited amount of time on math instructor and more on other literacy areas.

With this grant, and financial support from other funders, in July 2014, we will intervene and help improve the math literacy of underperforming 4th and 5th grade students, attending schools in New Haven, by giving engaging math instruction to as many as 28 students.

We are thankful to The United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas for their financial support and being our community partner. Mutually, we will strive to help to improve public school children’s education and their quality of life.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Connex Credit Union Donation

Dear Readers:

We were honored to have been chosen by the Connex Credit Union to participate in its special program CHANGE THE COMMUNITY AT THE DROP OF A COIN.

Every quarter, Connex donates fees collected from coin counting machines at various branches to non-profit organizations in the community.

During the October through December 2013 quarter, Connex collected and donated $705 from its Hamden branch to CfAL. This donation is in support of the work our organization does to improve the education of public school children.

We are very thankful to the Connex Credit Union and its staff for helping CfAL improve the education and quality of life of the many children attending public schools in the communities Connex serves.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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New Sponsor

Dear Readers:

We are pleased to let you know that the award winning portrait artist, Susan B. Durkee, has become a CfAL sponsor.

Susan works out of her spacious West Redding, Connecticut studio, The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain, who owned the property at the turn of the century.

Susan has made art a lifelong commitment. To her, each portrait is an opportunity to express the unique spirit of each individual character. She believes a portrait is a cherished heirloom to be shared and enjoyed generation after generation. Susan takes pride in being primarily self-trained. She has painted since she was a small child and believes that both her unrelenting determination and intense studies of the Old Masters, particularly Valesquez and John Singer Sargent, have brought her the success she now enjoys.

Her website is www.SusanDurkee.com.

If you are interested in having Susan create a portrait for you, please contact her at (203) 938-2760, or email at sbdurkee@aol.com.

Thank you!

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