WCGMF Discovery

Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership has embarked on a multi-year journey to improve our city’s future by focusing on our children’s early years. Our desired result is: All Danbury children aged birth through eight are healthy and ready for school and lifelong learning. Our plan includes strategies to improve children’s health, early learning, and early school success. It was developed by parents, educators at all levels, social service providers, members of state and local government, and business people. Together we are working to ensure a bright future for our children and the City of Danbury. More

Danbury's Promise for Children Partnership

Early Childhood Strategic Plan for Danbury

Our Results Statement:

All Danbury children aged birth through eight are healthy and ready for school and lifelong learning.

Most people would agree that the future of a community lies in its children. Children are Danbury’s future workforce—our teachers, firefighters, policemen, doctors, nurses, business owners, scientists, and engineers. Danbury has embarked on a multi-year journey to explore ways to improve our future by focusing on children’s early years.

Consider these facts:

More than 1 in 3 Danbury school children come from families that are of lower economic means.
More than 40% of Danbury’s third graders are not performing at the proficient level on the reading portion of the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT).
Fewer than 1 in 5 children in Danbury Public Schools are passing the Physical Fitness Test.
More than 1 in 4 of Danbury’s children are born to mothers who haven’t completed high school.

Why Are We Focusing on Danbury’s Youngest Children?

Because study after study has shown that investments in a child’s early life are more effective than waiting and attempting to compensate for a poor early start.

Strategies to Benefit Danbury’s Children

Health Awareness and Actions:

Ensure that all families have access to the information and resources they need for their children’s health, behavioral health, and oral health.
Increase local access to affordable health, behavioral health, and oral health services for the insured, underinsured, and uninsured.
Ensure that the behavioral health needs of Danbury’s young children and families are met.
Reduce childhood obesity.

Parenting That Supports Healthy Development and Early Learning:

Increase home and personal visiting services for families with young children so they create a home environment that is safe, nurturing, and promotes healthy development and learning.
Increase parents’ knowledge of developmental milestones, early literacy, socio-emotional development, health, and oral health.
Increase public knowledge about the importance of the early years for learning and development through a public awareness campaign.

Readiness for School and Early School Success:

Ensure all childcare providers are of high quality.
Increase the supply of affordable childcare/preschool.
Ensure continuity of curriculum between preschool and kindergarten.
Ensure that all schools are “family friendly.”
Increase the number of full-day kindergarten spaces.

The Early Childhood Strategic Plan for Danbury is a Community Collaborative spearheaded by:

The City of Danbury
Danbury Public Schools
United Way of Western Connecticut
Danbury Children First
Education Connection
The Danbury School Readiness Council

The plan was developed through broad participation by many members of the community including:

Parents
Danbury-area social service agencies
State agencies
Faith-based organizations and schools
Early childhood programs
Healthcare providers
Businesses
Western Connecticut State University
Foundations and philanthropic organizations

The plan is made possible through major support from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund and the Children’s Fund of Connecticut.

For more information, to find out how you can be involved in improving the lives of Danbury’s children, and for a complete copy of the plan, visit  http://www.danbury3rs.org. Or call Caroline LaFleur, Danbury's Promise for Children Partnership Coordinator at 203-797-8088. Email: carolinel@danburychildrenfirst.org 

Discovery Work

Grant Option: 
Plan Implementation

Population Results Statement: 
All Danbury children aged birth through eight are healthy and ready for school and lifelong learning.

Indicators

Early Care & Education: 
% of children performing at Level 3 on the Literacy Domain of the Kindergarten Entrance Inventory
% of students performing at goal on thhe 3rd Grade Reading and Math CMTs
Health: 
% of students who pass all four components of the Connecticut Physical Fitness Test in fourth grade
% of children performing at Level 3 on the Personal/Social Domain of the Kindergarten Entrance Inventory
Parenting that Supports Healthy Development and Early Learning and School Readiness/Early School Success: 
% of students performing at goal on the 3rd Grade Reading and Math CMTs
Number of Danbury Children Substantiated as Abused/Neglected/Uncared For

Community Demographics

Population: 
81,057
DRG: 
H
District Designation: 
Priority/Alliance
ELL Percent: 
19%

Community Contacts

Primary Community Contact: 

Caroline LaFleur
203-300-1486 | Caroline.lafleur@uwwesternct.org