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Help us advance early childhood education through the Civic Leadership Fund

An open letter to residents of Greater New Britain (Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington):

Donors to The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Civic Leadership Fund are helping our community advance solutions to the area’s most complex and vexing issues. One of these issues continues to be how we prepare our young children for academic success through early childhood programs that bring parents, students and teachers together to boost attendance and improve reading skills.

Happily, our investments are paying off:

  • Working with the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, we’ve more than doubled the percentage of children entering Kindergarten with a high quality pre-school experience behind them. In 2005, only 38 percent of five year olds had that background – now we are at 78 percent of Connecticut’s state average!
  • We’ve assembled a coalition including the public libraries in Plainville, Southington and New Britain, school-based Family Resource Centers and the Central Connecticut Literacy Volunteers to create a ground-breaking Family Literacy initiative which uses new e-Reader technology that enables low-literate parents to learn to read English together with their young children.
  • Working with the New Britain School District, we discovered that more than 30 percent of Kindergartners are chronically absent, missing more than 18 days of school per year. Together, we have launched a new Chronic Absence program in the city’s 10 elementary schools to help turn that tide.

Residents of the Foundation’s four-town community have helped us do so much – but there is so much remaining to be done. If you haven’t yet made a contribution to CFGNB’s Civic Leadership Fund, we encourage you to consider a gift this year.

If you’re already a member, we’re grateful for your support. Please consider renewing, and if possible, increasing your gift. From our web site, click on “Donate Now”, type in CLF in the Keyword Search box, and complete the donation form.

We send you our warmest holiday wishes and thank you for your continued support of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

Sincerely,


Phyllis A. Kindelan, Chair
Board of Directors

James G. Williamson
President/CEO




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