Connecting for Children & Families, Inc.
Connecting for Children & Families (CCF) is proposing to implement an intergenerational program aimed at improving student achievement in reading and math for students in grades K-5 who reside in one of Woonsocket's poorest neighborhoods. Targeting students at Fifth Avenue and Coleman Elementary Schools, the Generations of Learning AmeriCorps Project will consist of eight Corps members, ages 55+, who will work both during the school day, as well as in CCF's after-school programs, providing tutoring and enrichment programs to reinforce classroom instruction. In order to offer three 8-week sessions per school year (Fall, Winter, Spring), the first program year will begin on September 15, 2012 ending August 14, 2013. In addition to school-year session, members will also work with students during vacation weeks and summers to address the high incidence of "summer learning slide" typical in high poverty, urban communities such as Woonsocket. With an objective of serving 225 students per year, CCF's main goals include: 50% of participating students in grades K-2 will make gains toward and/or reach independent reading grade level by June, 50% of K-2 students will do the same in mathematics, as evidenced by standardized assessments of all students at Fifth Avenue School. Additionally, as students progress from one year to the next, children in grades 3-5 will achieve grade level performance in reading and math at a rate at or above the rate noted for all students in the corresponding grade at Coleman School, as demonstrated by results of the statewide standardized NECAP test (New England Common Assessment Program).