DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury's Promise for Children Partnership recently announced that it received a $40,000 Discovery grant.
The grant is set to help "support its community plan for the city's young children," according to a news release. The Discovery grant was funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and the Connecticut State Department of Education, according to the release.
The grant will "help to ensure that all children in Danbury, regardless of race and income level, are ready for school by age five and prepared to be successful learners by age 9," according to the release.
“This grant builds on broadening local community support for young children, including the recent creation of the Danbury City Office of Early Childhood,” Caroline LaFleur, director of the Promise for Children Partnership, said in the release. “Working with the Graustein Memorial Fund, and with the support of key partners such as the City of Danbury, the Danbury Public Schools, and the United Way we’ll be able to make sure Danbury’s children will enter kindergarten ready to learn.”
Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership, launched in 2007, "seeks to engage parents in their child’s early childhood education – birth through age eight – and in taking leadership roles within the community on behalf of all children," according to the release.
“Parents are key partners in our work because they are their children’s first and most important teachers. We engage parents in leadership roles because they know best what their children need to succeed in school,” LaFleur said in the release.
“By including parents as full partners in local decision making, Discovery communities are developing and implementing more creative strategies to improve early childhood outcomes,” David M. Nee, executive director, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, said in the release. “We believe the local collaborative councils, along with our state partners, form the base for a comprehensive early childhood system in our state.”
Discovery representatives said the group's goal "is to create an early childhood system that ensures optimal healthy development leading to early learning success for Connecticut children of all races and income levels," according to the release. To learn more about the group, residents are invited to visit the Discovery website .
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