A Community of Support
In national tests given to 4th and 8th graders, results showed that low-income students in Connecticut performed at dramatically lower levels than non-low-income students – sometimes up to three grade levels behind.
It will take a community-wide approach to close the unacceptable achievement gap and move all of Greater Hartford and its residents toward full potential. The Hartford Foundation will seek to develop new programs and build on existing initiatives that provide a community of support.
These include the Hartford Community Schools Initiative, which provides academic support and educational enrichment programs, extra adult guidance and support, and increased access to health, dental and mental health services, as it also addresses the basic needs of students and their families.
We have the biggest education gap… Hartford, one of the poorest cities in the country, is surrounded by the richest suburbs.
Survey response from a board member
A Community of Support for Grades K-12 (Education Goal 2)
Help create a community agenda and comprehensive system of support and opportunities for children and families (grade K-12) to increase positive academic and developmental outcomes.
- Continue to strengthen and build the Hartford Community Schools Initiative.
- Help build a shared community agenda and capacity to advance evidence-based, comprehensive developmental education needs of children and youth.
- Pursue supportive policy to improve academic and developmental outcomes for children and youth.