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(March 12, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today announced that through a partnership with the National League of Cities, a new digital educational series, UMIGO, has launched in Hartford at two public libraries. Created in 2014 and funded through the U.S Department of Education’s “Ready To Learn” grant, UMIGO features animated storytelling, music, games, and apps that students can access through an interactive kiosk, online, or from any mobile device. Aligned with Common Core standards, the series was developed to teach first and second graders math and problem-solving skills and includes free take-home materials for parents. Initially the kiosks will be located at Dwight Hartford Public Library on New Park Avenue and SAND/Ropkins on Main Street but will then expand to locations throughout the City, including additional library branches, family resource centers and recreation sites. 

“When children see how useful math can be to them, and how they can apply specific math skills to real-life situations, they will perform better," said Mayor Segarra.  “Mastery of math skills impacts not only future math achievement; it also impacts reading achievement. I’m grateful to UMIGO, the U.S. Department of Education and the National League of Cities for bringing this opportunity to students in Hartford.”

“The National League of Cities is excited to partner with the City of Hartford,” said Clifford M. Johnson, executive director of the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. “Mayor Segarra and leaders from Hartford Public Schools and the Hartford Public Library are true champions of early education, and NLC applauds their commitment to ensuring that young children become active learners and critical thinkers through the use of innovative educational approaches and tools.”

"The Hartford Public Schools is excited to broaden its partnerships with Hartford Public Library, the City of Hartford and the National League of Cities in bringing UMIGO to our first and second grade learners and their families.  UMIGO’s unique program affords our learners the opportunity for ‘any time learning’ at a variety of partner sites in Hartford as they access highly engaging materials to improve mathematics understanding,” said Superintendent of Schools Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.

“Hartford Public Library continues to play a major role in developing literacy in our City, particularly among segments of the population that need special assistance in developing literacy skills, such as infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary school children,” said Matthew K. Poland, chief executive officer of the Library. “UMIGO, fully aligned with the State’s Common Core Standards, allows young students to hone their academic skills out of school at the public library. Can it get any better than this?”

Parke Richeson, Senior Vice President of WTTW11 in Chicago and recipient of the ‘Ready to Learn’ grant responsible for the creation of UMIGO, said it was designed for out-of-school learning environments like the libraries, community-based organizations in Hartford, and online.

“Moreover, as a partner in National Summer Learning Day, we plan to have UMIGO help the children of Hartford avoid the ‘summer slump’ and continue to learn even when school is out,” Richeson said.

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