Mission. History. Success.
Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is 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. The Foundation’s vision is that each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools will graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society.
Volunteers play a critical role! SPEF has built a strong reputation for delivering programs and resources that connect college, corporate and community volunteers with Stamford Public School students. While SPEF offers services for all students, it focuses on providing educational resources and support to children at the low end of the achievement gap.
Did You Know? In the 2016-17 school year, there were over 16,000 students in the Stamford Public Schools, spread among the 21 schools in the district. These students have diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds:
- 52% of Stamford students qualified for the free/reduced lunch program (a poverty indicator)
- 68% of students were minority
- 67 languages were spoken at home; 38% of students came from homes where English is not the primary language
Some of SPEF’s highlights from the 2017-2018 school year include:
- Directly serving 21 Stamford public schools
- Providing mentoring to over 900 students
- Distributing over 5,000 free books
- Delivering over 16,000 hours of professional tutoring
- Providing a summer Pre-K experience to 45 students
- Introducing new components of the Stamford Mentoring Program to include supporting the Early College Studies program and the Connecticut Opportunity Project
- Welcoming student-athlete support programs such as Westhill’s Purple Pact and Stamford High’s Knight Life into the SPEF family
- Launching the Summer Voyager Program, a new full-day summer camp providing academic and enrichment activities to over 100 fourth and fifth grade students