To deliver educational programs and resources that elevate student, educator and parent success by bridging the gap between needs in the Stamford Public Schools and resources in our community.


Each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools will graduate from high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society.


SPEF delivers nationally-recognized programs that provide a foundation that will enable students in Stamford Public Schools to graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society. We focus on four areas: College and Career Readiness, Enrichment, Family Engagement, and Kindergarten Readiness. We start as early as Pre-Kindergarten and work with students through high school and beyond.


Summer Start Program • PELI Services

Impact: Administered the Preschool Early Learning Indicator (PELI) to 862 students entering kindergarten this year.

For Elementary School Students

Home Work Helpers • Service-Learning Mentoring • Summer Voyager • Stamford Odyssey of the Mind • Books Across Stamford

Impact: Distributed 2,500 new books for building home libraries since the pandemic struck — at Grab & Go Meal school sites, community centers, and summer camps.

For Middle School Students 

Traditional Mentoring • Math Tutoring • Stamford Odyssey of the Mind

Impact: Mentored 70+ students needing additional academic and/or social support, one-on-one, in 6 schools.


For High School Students

Leadership Mentoring • Math Tutoring • Student-Athlete Program • Workplace Mentoring • Stamford Odyssey of the Mind • Scholarships

Impact: Mentored 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students at the workplaces of corporate partners Deloitte, NatWest Markets, and Henkel.

For Post-Secondary Success

Bridge to College • Pathways

Impact: 35% of Stamford’s high school graduates do not graduate with a college degree six years after enrolling in college. New programs from SPEF will address this challenge.


For Parents & Families

Books Across Stamford • Parent Leadership Training

Impact: Despite the need for social distancing, the spring 2020 cohort of PLTI met virtually and held an online 2020 graduation ceremony for 23 parent leaders.