WCGMF Discovery

The Children First Norwich/School Readiness Council combines the work of both the Discovery Children First Initiative and the member agencies and individuals required for School Readiness.In addition to activities that enhance the quality... More

The Children First Norwich/School Readiness Council combines the work of both the Discovery Children First Initiative and the member agencies and individuals required for School Readiness.

In addition to activities that enhance the quality of early care and education, inform and support families and engage parents as leaders in Norwich, the Collaborative has been working on a Community Enhancement Plan.  Our result statement for the plan is that, “All children in Norwich, birth through age eight, will be safe, healthy and ready to learn.” 

Discovery Work

Grant Option:  Plan Enhancement

The major work of the Council for Discovery is the Norwich Community Enhancement Plan.  We have created three primary areas we are collecting information on and expect to impact over the next several years.  Each of these areas has a dedicated group of people representing specific agencies working to get the necessary data, think of and implement strategies and actions and move our community closer to our goal.

Our Children are Safe

Safe - This committee is studying the rate of abuse/neglect/uncared children for in Norwich with a secondary indicator of children living in poverty. The committee partners are from UCFS, Backus Hospital, City of Norwich, Norwich Public Schools, TVCCA, DCF, parents and many more community partners. They are identifying strategies and action to be immediately implemented for short and long term goals to reduce, eliminate child abuse in Norwich. The Committee is identifying local resources and champions to help the children and families.

Our Children Are Healthy

Healthy – This committee is collecting Body Mass Indicator (BMI) data on children in pre-school, Kindergarten and 6th grade and the results of the fourth grade physical fitness tests. The committee partners are from UCFS, Backus Hospital, City of Norwich, Norwich Public Schools, TVCCA, parents and many more community partners. They are identifying strategies and action steps to be immediately implemented for short and long term goals to improve the nutrition and health of our children. The Committee is identifying local and regional resources and champions to help the children and families in the region as well as our community.

Our Children are Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn – This committee is collecting data on absentee rates in kindergarten, first grade and 3rd grade as well as third grade CMT Reading scores. The committee partners are from Adult Education, City of Norwich, Norwich Public Schools, TVCCA, Child Care Centers, parents and many more community partners. They are identifying strategies and action steps to be immediately implemented for short and long term goals to ensure our children can be successful in school. The Committee is identifying local resources and champions to help the children and families in Norwich.

In addition to the Enhancement Plan, the Children First Norwich/School Readiness Council puts on two large community-wide events each year; Touch A Truck Day in the spring and Family Day in the fall.  These events provide our community, early care facilities, human service agencies, health care providers and others a way to educate families about the resources in Norwich.

Discovery Work

Grant Option: 
Plan Implementation


Indicators

Early Care & Education: 
Mother’s level of education
CMT Scores
Health: 
Longitudinal BMI data for our preschoolers, kindergarteners and sixth graders
Longitudinal data for the number of our fourth graders able to pass the Presidents Physical Fitness Test
Positive Youth Development: 
Rates of abuse and neglect
Rates of bullying in our schools
Rates of transience of elementary school children

Community Demographics

Population: 
40,322
DRG: 
H
District Designation: 
Priority/Alliance
ELL Percent: 
10%

Community Contacts

Primary Community Contact: 

Sherry Bryant
860-823-3782 | sbryant@cityofnorwich.org