OUR MISSION

Our mission is to elevate student success by delivering educational programs and solutions that promote equitable access to quality public education in Stamford.

OUR VISION

We envision a community in which every student is prepared and inspired to thrive.

WHAT WE DO

SPEF delivers programs and solutions that help students in Stamford Public Schools graduate high school prepared and inspired to thrive, whether their path is college, vocational training, the military, or entering the workforce. In our pursuit to eliminate barriers that hinder students’ success, we focus on four areas of free programming, starting with the littlest learners and progressing through high school years and beyond:  Kindergarten Readiness, Enrichment, Family Engagement, and College and Career Readiness.

Kindergarten Readiness

SPEF’s Summer Start Program prepares children who did not have a formal preschool experience with a free 5-week kindergarten-readiness program. Students engage in theme-based classroom activities that develop literacy and mathematics skills aligned to the Connecticut Core State Standards, while making new friends and enjoying first-time experiences, like riding a school bus and sitting at circle-time.

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Enrichment

Summer Voyager/Olympian is a summertime learning opportunity that supports students with a unique combination of academic support and instruction by SPS educators in the mornings and rotating enrichment programs in the afternoons. SPEF serves as the on-site liaison for the afternoons and helps coordinate with ten enrichment partners, including those specializing in sports, music, art, cooking, robotics, coding, and more.

College and Career Readiness

SPEF works collaboratively with the Stamford Public School district and community partners to offer age-specific programs that encourage the development of productive habits through mentorship, tutoring, student-athlete support, and post-secondary planning. Adhering to a holistic approach to youth development, these programs aim to improve a student’s educational success by supplementing their experiences with the added support they need.

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Family Engagement

Only when all stakeholders invest in a child’s future, do they thrive. SPEF understands that it takes a village, which is why we developed community-accessible programs to support families as they navigate the Stamford Public Schools system. Programs include:

· Books Across Stamford, a book giveaway event series that inspires children to read and build home libraries

· Here-to-Help, available to any family with a child in a Stamford Public School, providing access to school- and community-based resources that may be critical for their child to thrive

· Parent Leadership Training Programs, which offer opportunities in English and Spanish for parents, grandparents, guardians, and others so they can learn how to become leaders and advocates for children