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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New Board Member, Damaris Garcia

We are pleased to let you know Damaris Garcia has recently been appointed to the CfAL Board of Directors.

Although Ms. Garcia’s background is predominately financial services, an industry she has worked in for more than 22 years, she is keenly aware of the importance of children’s education. Her strong interest in helping children improve their education ties directly to CfAL mission.

She is currently the Vice President and Branch Manager for Liberty Bank in New Haven, CT.

We are delighted to have Ms. Garcia as a member of our Board of Directors.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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The David A. Beckerman Foundation Grant

Dear Readers:

What a wonderful Holiday surprise, to be awarded a $5,000 grant by The David A. Beckerman Foundation. This news is pleasing, but just as important is there confidence in our capability to help improve the math literacy of 3rd thru 5th grade public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

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 30 students.

We are thankful to The David A. Beckerman Foundation for your financial support and being our community partner, as we strive to improve society, by helping to improve public school children’s education and their quality of life.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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Liberty Bank Foundation Grant

We are delighted to let you know that the Liberty Bank Foundation has award CfAL with a $3,650 grant. The grant will be used to sustain our Technology Cascade & Training program for families living in the Meriden Family Zone, in Meriden, CT.

Through this program, we will give computer training, a gently used computer, and a year of technical support to parents who have children attending Meriden Public Schools, who do not have a working computer in their home. The objectives of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education at home. Simultaneously, the program helps close the “digital divide” for these disadvantaged families.

We are proud of the partnership we have with the Liberty Bank Foundation and employees of the Liberty Bank. They have been a long term supporter of CfAL, as we have mutually worked together to make a difference by improving the education and quality of life of public school children in Meriden’s poorest neighborhoods.

Thank you!

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2013 Fall/Winter Newsletter

Dear Readers:

Our 2013 Fall/Winter Newsletter is now available.

Click on the link below to read the latest.

Newsletter Volume XVII

Thank you and Happy Holiday Season.

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Grant Award from CT Community Foundation

Dear Readers:
W are pleased to let you know and are thankful that the Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $4,000 grant.

The grant is to be used to implement our Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” program in Waterbury. This is exciting news, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the Connecticut Community Foundation as we mutually strive to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten.

The goals of this new program are:

  • Engage parents in the early education of their children to ensure they enter kindergarten ready to learn
  • Ensure children from low-income families are prepared and ready to learn and succeed when entering kindergarten

Achieving goals of this magnitude are not possible without the investment of our partner and the confidence the Connecticut Community Foundation has in our commitment to achieve these goals.

Many thanks to the Connecticut Community Foundation for this grant.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

 

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Comcast Foundation Grant

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Exciting News! We are very pleased to let you know that our year-round partner, the Comcast Foundation, has awarded CfAL with a $20,000 grant that will be used to support and help sustain the new Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” Program. The program is delivered in a 4 workshop series that targets parents with children ages birth to 5. The goals of the program are to:

  • Engage parents in the early education of their children to ensure they enter kindergarten ready to learn
  • Ensure children from low-income families are prepared and ready to learn and succeed when entering kindergarten

This grant from the Comcast Foundation is in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work. Since its founding in 1999, the Comcast Foundation has distributed over $123 million in cash support of programs implemented locally in Comcast Communities.

Many thanks to our long-term community partner for this grant.

Sincerely,
CfAL Board of Directors

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