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While low-income families across the nation face the hardship of attaining an education at all levels, low-income families in the state of Connecticut, specifically in the city of Hartford, are at the forefront of educational deficiency. Because education in today's workforce is essential, schooling must become the focal point in terms of the future of Hartford. Given the high percentage of low- income households in Hartford, the state's achievement gap must be narrowed.

Existing Opportunity

  • Early childhood Learning
    • Strengthen family centers by adding job training, adult education, financial literacy, homeownership programs, and by continuing current successes in advancing the professional development of early care and education providers.
  • K-12
    • Sustain and build on the positive trends in outcome areas such as 3rd and 8th grade test results and on-time high school graduation. Programs designed to keep youth in school, such as Opportunity High, should be replicated on a broader scale.
  • Post Secondary
    • Develop broader high school-college connections such as the emerging program at Eastern Connecticut State University. More adult education and remedial/developmental education offerings can meet a big need in our community

White Paper: Education


Connecticut State of Department of Education

Opportunity High


Achieve Hartford!

Open Choice Program


Connecticut's Preschool Curriculum Framework and Benchmarks

Preschool Assessment Framework

Closing the Achievement Gap: Early Reading Success and Connecticut's Economic Future

Developmental Education at Connecticut Community Colleges: A Key to Economic Recovery

Connecticut's Challenge: Preparing Our Workforce...Strengthening Our Community Colleges

Ensuring Educational Opportunity for All Connecticut Children

Seeds of Prosperity: Children of Low-Income Working Families

2008-2009 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Three on a Seesaw: Balancing Early Care and Education, Families, and the Economy

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