Connecticut has the largest education opportunity gap in the country
Together, we can help to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to succeed
Our region is made up of 29 school districts and 116,831 K-12 students. Unfortunately, because of deep-rooted socioeconomic problems and systematic flaws, the zip code where a child is born is often the greatest indicator of that child’s future success. Our region has one of the widest achievement gaps in the entire United States. While many students in our region enjoy high levels of academic achievement, many other students, particularly those living in less affluent households, require special education services or are English Language Learners, continue to lag behind their peers.
Our goal is straightforward: help ensure that children, especially those most disadvantaged, are ready to learn when they enter Kindergarten and are prepared to succeed when they graduate from high school.
With a continuing focus on children’s success as they enter school and progress toward graduation, our work will support innovation, best practices and policy development in early childhood development and family, school and community partnership at the local, regional and state levels. Through our previous and current work we have learned that there is a need to increase shared planning, coordination, funding within and across the systems responsible for learning, health and family support to ensure that children have increased opportunities. We believe this holistic, systems-oriented approach will create an enduring impact on the educational readiness and success of our region’s children today – as well as the generations that follow.
The Hartford Foundation has helped to develop and continues to support the following programs in its effort to enhance and expand educational opportunities for our young people.
Brighter Futures Family Centers
Transforming the system of care for young children and creating a unified framework for early childhood and family development
Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative
Providing training and resources to early childhood professionals, caregivers and parents
Hartford Community Schools Initiative
Offering students services before, during, and after traditional school hours
Providing literacy skills to help Greater Hartford residents get and keep a job in the new labor market
Supporting tutorial summer programs in an effort to address summer learning loss