School is Here!
SPEF understands that some families may not be fully prepared – and that is okay. Every child deserves the same opportunity to receive education, and things like technology, travel, and communication barriers should not be reasons why they feel unprepared for the new school year. SPEF designed its Here-to-Help program to provide families with resources that can alleviate obstacles and help children succeed.
How we can be ‘Here-to-Help’ for your family
We can help families with additional needs such as:
- Technology assistance (Wi-Fi access, Parent Portal/PowerSchool and Google Classroom)
- Assist with communication with your child’s school
- Transportation vouchers
- Interpretation and translation connections
- Childcare options and assistance
- Child Tax Credit assistance
- Healthcare options and assistance
Questions about vaccine availability and clinics in Stamford for ages 12+? Click Here!
Are there other questions we can answer for you about this coming school year? We’re happy to help with any questions or concerns your family may have.
- Click here to submit your Needs Request (English)
- Haga clic aquí para ayuda en Español (Spanish)
- Call or text (we’re available on WhatsApp too):
Genesis Basso (English/Spanish): 475-259-5871
Luisa Enriquez (English/Spanish): 203-302-9847
Genesis Basso (English/Spanish): GBasso@spefct.org
Luisa Enriquez (English/Spanish): LEnriquez@spefct.org
Educational Challenges Resulting from COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit the world in 2020, Stamford Public Schools had to shift its learning model to a combination of in-school and virtual instruction for nearly 17,000 students throughout its 21 schools. This new learning model created challenges for many students and their families. Access to technology and the ability to use it effectively was a major barrier to learning. Other issues causing educational hurdles during the pandemic included transportation, childcare, language barriers, and the ability to communicate with school officials effectively.
As a result, SPEF reimagined its programming to focus on the most urgent needs in our community. This began with engaging volunteers to distribute free meals to students throughout our district and quickly grew into something larger — Here-to-Help. With the launch of Here-to-Help, SPEF once again bridges the gap between the critical needs of disadvantaged families and our community’s resources.
SPEF staff is working alongside the Stamford Public Schools district to connect with students and their families to discover their needs — and link them with the best solution provider. We reach out to individual families using our dedicated phone and text hotline, staffed with multilingual personnel. In addition, we have created an information portal related to childcare and distance learning.
What resources and/or support services are needed to enable a student to be successful? By collaborating with a SPEF Program Coordinator, parents will share their issues, concerns, and needs for each of their students. SPEF will uncover and document these needs, such as technology (laptops, hotspots, Parent Portal/PowerSchool, Google Classroom), transportation, translation, childcare, healthcare, or even something unique and individual.
SPEF will monitor the progress of each student and track their progress.
We know that if the students in Stamford’s public schools have the tools and support services they need, they will thrive despite the hardships and pronounced inequities that this pandemic has brought. At SPEF we’re working every day to educate and empower our next generation.