The Stamford Mentoring Program is SPEF’s flagship offering. Launched in 2010, it began by engaging just 46 seventh grade students at Doan Middle School. During the 2018-19 school year it supported over 900 students grades 3-12, in 17 schools throughout the district. The program is nationally recognized. In 2014, it was one of 15 mentoring…

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In August 2014, SPEF Tutors was launched in collaboration with Match Education to provide daily math tutoring sessions at Stamford High School. Since that time, SPEF has assumed full ownership of the program of the program, providing daily tutoring to 80-90 students who need additional support to achieve success in high school. The program has…

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SPEF’s Books Across Stamford, an engaging literacy program, focuses on motivating children to read by distributing free books and literacy resources to low-income children and families. SPEF partners with Reading is FUNdamental and The Scholastic Possible Fund, along with Stamford’s Ferguson Library, to distribute approximately 5,000 brand new books every year to low-income children through…

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It’s amazing what one parent can do! Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute Design Team in partnership with the Stamford Public Education Foundation is pleased to offer several free opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and others to become leaders and advocates for children. Candidates are selected from a pool of diverse applicants.   The Parent Leadership…

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A significant number of students are entering the Stamford Public Schools in kindergarten without necessary skills to be successful as they begin their academic career. While some students have had access to critical resources prior to kindergarten, there are too many students entering Stamford’s public schools without a quality preschool experience. Data from 2016 indicates…

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Odyssey of the Mind About Odyssey of the Mind: Odyssey of the Mind is the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide. It is an innovative, extra-curricular learning experience in which school-based teams are tasked with solving problems that range from building mechanical devises to presenting their own theatrical interpretation of literary classics. Driven by discovery…

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Since 2006, SPEF has distributed over $70,000 in scholarship funds. SPEF currently offers two different scholarships and distributes $6,000 to low-income, college bound students each year: Cathy Guinta Memorial Scholarship This scholarship honors the legacy of the Stamford Public Education Foundation’s first Executive Director. Cathy dedicated a significant portion of her life to improving educational opportunities…

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SPEF’s Student-Athlete Program provides academic support to student-athletes from Stamford High School and Westhill High School. Approximately 60 student-athletes from each high school are supported through Knight Life (Stamford High School) and Purple PACT (Westhill High School).   These student-athletes meet with SPEF volunteers after school, either one-on-one or in small groups, to foster academic,…

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Stamford preschool providers lack the funding resources and staff support to implement a standardized assessment tool based on industry best practices. An assessment tool is needed to identify the current literacy capabilities of Stamford’s Pre-K youth so preschool teachers can determine the type of instruction needed to ensure all students reach benchmarked goals, while increasing…

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