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Our Children, Our Priority

In the Community Foundation’s estimation, there is perhaps no more significant challenge facing our communities than ensuring that our children are equipped to lead healthy, productive lives. That’s why, as part of its role as a proactive community partner – a catalyst for change – the Community Foundation created First Years First in 2005, a long-term commitment to prepare the children of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington for success in school and in life by enhancing their early childhood development experience.

First Years First embodies bold choices that inspire measurable change - our efforts are helping to ensure that our children are afforded the advantages and opportunities that come with a healthy start. From the local board of education to the governor’s office, we are building partnerships, convening policy-making sessions and taking a strong stand for our children.

Partnering for Progress

Partnerships and collaboration are key to the success of First Years First. With assistance from funders and collaborators including the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the C
hristine E. Moser Foundation, American Savings Foundation, United Way of Northeastern and Central Connecticut, the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, Tunxis Community College, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, the Southington Public Schools and the New Britain, Plainville and Southington Public Libraries, among others, evidence of our impact is growing throughout the communities we serve:

- The Coalition for New Britain's Children - a partnership among dozens of educators, parents and community groups - is making tremendous strides in improving reading, attendance and achievement. The percentage of New Britain children prepared to learn has more than doubled, and the community's Campaign for Grade Level Reading and Chronic Absenteeism Initiative have gained national notice.

Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut and the Coalition to Enhance Family Literacy, with assistance from the Christine E. Moser Foundation, the New Britain, Plainville and Southington Public Libraries and the Plainville Family Resource Center, is creatively and effectively addressing emergent and family literacy within the region.  Now in its second year, the initiative seeks to expand literacy programs reaching low literate families, link those programs with other related community efforts for greater efficiency and effectiveness, and create innovative solutions to the issue of low literacy among parents and its effect on school readiness among children. One example: E-readers are helping parents and children read, learn and bond.

- Thanks to a partnership with Tunxis Community College, the Early Childhood Professional Educators Consortium is dramatically improving the quality of daycare provided in Berlin,
New Britain, Plainville and Southington. This regional consortium gives providers the opportunity to network and share ideas; adopt research-based curricula that improve and standardize the early childhood development experience; and provide professional development so that center
-based and home providers may enhance the school-readiness outcomes of their programs.

- The Southington Family Resource Center, a project of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington and the Southington Public Schools with funding from the Community Foundation, serves hundreds of local children and families and is making headway in the effort to better prepare pre-school children for uccess.

- Thanks in part to our advocacy, all four CFGNB-served communities now offer full-day kindergarten, and our strong voice contributed to the landmark creation of the state Office of Early Childhood in 2013.

Click here to download/print our First Years First 2014 Overview and Infographic.

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