The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is an independent non-profit agency that partners with the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) to provide programs and resources that elevate the success of under resourced students in our district. As a valued partner, SPEF delivers direct services IN school buildings, including middle school mentoring, math tutoring in all three high schools, and our unique early education program for elevating students who lack a Pre-K experience. Further, in support of our community at large, SPEF’s parent leadership program has a rich history of graduates who have supported the district by serving on PTOs, the PT Council, the Board of Education, and in other areas of civic engagement.

SPEF serves the richly diverse population of students and families in Stamford’s 22 pre-K-12 public school programs. For the 2022-23 school year, 50% of SPS’ 16,700 students identified as Hispanic, 26% as White, 13% as Black, 6% as Asian, and 3% as two or more races. Of these 16,700 students, 65% are high needs students, defined by the CT Department of Education as students with disabilities, English Learners, OR those eligible for free/reduced-price meals. Stamford Public Schools students speak more than 75 languages at home, and 17% are English Language Learners.


At SPEF, we are proud to share that effective January 1, 2022, the Foundation has adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide us through 2025. Our mission and vision statements have been modified to better reflect the community we serve. Additionally, for the first time SPEF adopted a series of Belief Statements that solidify what drives the organization’s passion and commitment.



Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to elevate student success by delivering educational programs and solutions that promote equitable access to quality public education in Stamford.


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


• We believe all students have the right to benefit equally from a quality public education.

• We believe SPEF has a responsibility to eliminate barriers that hinder students’ success.

• We believe SPEF has strategic relationships and unique insight to support students in their pursuit of happiness.