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

Impact: Prepared 161 preschoolers for first grade with engaging classroom activities, combined with theme-based, hands-on projects and fun field trips to build math and literacy skills–aligned with Connecticut Core State Standards.

For Elementary School Students

Home Work Helpers • Service-Learning Mentoring • Summer Voyager • Books Across Stamford

Impact: Distributed more than 2,500 new books to over 1,400 children at summer camps, community events, and children’s centers.

For Middle School Students 

Traditional Mentoring • Math Tutoring

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 • 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 2021 cohort of PLTI met virtually and held a 2021 graduation ceremony for 22 parent leaders.