WCGMF Discovery

Mansfield, Connecticut is a small rural town in the northeast corner of Connecticut. We are 40 miles east of the capitol, Hartford, and home of the University of Connecticut, and the Men and Women Huskies, the National Basketball Champions! More

Mansfield, Connecticut is a small rural town in the northeast corner of Connecticut. We are 40 miles east of the capitol, Hartford, and home of the University of Connecticut, and the Men and Women Huskies, the National Basketball Champions!

Mansfield has a population of 21,554. During the academic year, we have an additional 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students. There are three elementary schools, one middle school and a regional high school shared by three small towns. It is a unique town because of the many influences of the University. In 10% of the homes in Mansfield, English is a second language; there are 36 different languages being spoken in our schools, and Chinese is the primary non-English language spoken. Mansfield has always had a strong committment to education.

In 1998, the Mansfield School Readiness Council was formed in response to funding requirements for a grant awarded by the State Department of Education. There are about 20 people on the Council and members include parents, educators, social worker, early care providers and directors, and a representative of the local education department. The overall goal of the Council is to improve developmental outcomes of children from birth through age 8. Three years ago this council was instrumental in the award of the William Graustein Discovery Grant. At present we are working on the third Graustein goal of building strong connections between early care and elementary education.

Discovery Work

Grant Option: 
Plan Implementation

Population Results Statement: 
Mansfield’s children from birth through eight years old are healthy, successful learners and connected to the community.

Indicators

Early Care & Education: 
% of children scoring Level 3 or above on Kindergarten Inventory
Health: 
% of mothers with at least adequate prenatal care
% of children passing all 4 physical fitness tests in Grade 4
% of days optimal food choices are offered in public pre-school classes
Family Support: 
% of community members feeling connected to community (DDA)

Community Demographics

Population: 
26,182
DRG: 
C
District Designation: 
Competitive
ELL Percent: 
1%

Community Contacts

Primary Community Contact: 

Sarah Delia, Early Childhood Services Coordinator, Town of Mansfield
860-429-3392 | Delias@mansfieldct.org