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MAYOR SEGARRA ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO ENROLL IN DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAMS

(February 20, 2015) - Parents Who Complete Program Receive a Free Refurbished Computer and High-Speed Internet Access for a Year 

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra encourages parents to enroll in programs by Concepts forAdaptive Learning (CfAL), a nonprofit from New Haven that offers basic computer literacy training to Hartford parents. In “Digital Literacy for Early Learners,” parents with children from birth to age 5 learn about early child development, discipline, library resources and valuable websites on early learning. This is a newer program that aims to close any achievement gap before a child enters kindergarten. It is held Saturday mornings at the Albany Branch of the Hartford Public Library. Childcare and snacks are provided. Parents who complete the class are given priority registration in “Technology Cascade & Training,”CfAL’s class in basic computer literacy for low-income families in need of a home computer. The three-week course offers training in Windows, word-processing, e-mail use, Internet navigation and resume writing. Parents who complete the class receive a freerefurbished computer for their home and high-speed internet access for one year.

“Concepts for Adaptive Learning helps children succeed in school by reaching the place that impacts young lives the most, the home. I’m so very grateful for the work the group has done and for broadening their efforts to help Hartford children during those critical early years before they start school. I encourage parents to take advantage of these opportunities to help themselves and their children,” Mayor Segarra said.

Concepts for Adaptive Learning established “Technology Cascade & Training” in Hartford in 2008. The course is offered every month in English or Spanish at the Parker Memorial Community Center and at the Albany Branch of the Hartford Public Library. Catholic Charities provides childcare and dinner. Only parents with children enrolled in Hartford Public Schools, grades K-12, qualify.  The program has graduated more than 500 parents in Hartford since its inception.

“A primary goal is to increase students’ learning by extending learning beyond the classroom. Our second goal is to engage parents in their children’s education and to introduce them to technology to help them achieve that goal. The program simultaneously helps close the digital divide,” said Curtis Hill, Executive Director of CfAL.

“Over 70 percent of students whose parents participate in the TC&T program have better grades in school and over 80 percent of parents become more involved in their children’s education at home,” Hill said.

Concepts for Adaptive Learning works closely with the Hartford Public Library, Catholic Charities, Achieve Hartford! And the Hartford Parent University. The nonprofit recently started training parents who have graduated from the Hartford Parent University.  Concepts for Adaptive Learning is based in New Haven and runs similar programs in Bridgeport, Hamden, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury.

For more information about or to register in “Digital Literacy for Early Learners” or “Technology Cascade & Training,” please call: 1(888)351-7667.

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