In August, just before the start of the 2017-18 school year, SPEF relaunched the successful Summer Start program for the Stamford Public School district. This early education program is a five-week, full-day program for entering kindergarten students who have had no formal preschool experience. The program focuses on developing the literacy and mathematics skills aligned to the Connecticut Core State Standards. The lessons are theme-based, hands-on experiences aligned to critical social and literacy preschool standards.