WCGMF Discovery

Stories

Stories help us to make sense of the world and give us the power to change our lives. Compelling stories also have the power to inspire others and to move people to action.

Discovery supports all of our partners in capturing and telling their own stories. The stories below highlight the related Discovery strategy. In you have a story you would like to include in our Story library, please contact us.

Building an early childhood system at both the state and local levels with communities as full partners from creating the vision to implementation:

What is your vision for young children in our community? What are the most important community assets for children and families in our communities...

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Topic(s): Community Engagement, State Governance & Structure
Date: January 11, 2007

Full Description: What is your vision for young children in our community? What are the most important community assets for children and families in our communities? How do these assets match the goals and strategies defined by the Governor’s Early Childhood Education Cabinet? What might hinder our progress in reaching the goals? What challenges do you foresee?

Since the 1990s, parents and caregivers of Middletown's preschoolers have worked together in support of high quality early childhood programs to...

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Source/Author: Middletown
Topic(s): Kindergarten Transition
Date: October 22, 2009

Full Description: Since the 1990s, parents and caregivers of Middletown's preschoolers have worked together in support of high quality early childhood programs to ready its children for kindergarten. The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (the Memorial Fund) has been an integral partner in this initiative, which over the years expanded from Middletown into eight neighboring towns in Middlesex County. Today, these children are entering kindergarten healthier and with better social and communication skills than in years past, critical components to a successful start to school.

Increasing parent engagement and leadership in early care and education through information:

Article from The News Times - Informal chats for those learning English. Swim lessons for children with disabilities. Cultural classes on Vietnam...

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Topic(s): Parent Leadership & Engagement
Date: November 22, 2007

Full Description: Article from The News Times - Informal chats for those learning English. Swim lessons for children with disabilities. Cultural classes on Vietnam. A book swap at the library. A support group of children with epilepsy. These disparate activities have one thing in common. All were started by graduates of the Parent Leadership Training Institute, which celebrates its 10th year in the community.

Learning at 'Truck Day' [PDF 281.01 KB]

From fire engines and Army trucks to school buses and talking robotic utility vehicles, the variety of vehicles on display this past Saturday made...

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Topic(s): Communications, Community Engagement, Early Literacy, Kindergarten Transition, Parent Leadership & Engagement, Provider Engagement
Date: May 4, 2007

Full Description: From fire engines and Army trucks to school buses and talking robotic utility vehicles, the variety of vehicles on display this past Saturday made for an exciting day for children and parents who attended the first Truck Day event.

Improving the quality of and access to family- and center-based early care and education for children from birth through age five.:

Jack Flanagan, chief and fire marshal of the Hazardville Fire Department and Don Ellis, a captain in the Enfield Fire Department are quintessential...

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Source/Author: Enfield
Date: July 31, 2009

Jack Flanagan, chief and fire marshal of the Hazardville Fire Department and Don Ellis, a captain in the Enfield Fire Department are quintessential firefighters: dedicated, professional, and ready to respond to any fire crisis. Not many people would associate firefighters with the joyful faces of kindergarteners. But this is Enfield, where small town warmth leads to community involvement. To those who know Jack and Don, it’s no surprise that they and their fellow firefighters are part of a successful effort, initiated through William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund by Discovery grant dollars to promote early childhood education.
Ready, Set, Read! [PDF 604.09 KB]

In a town bordering New York State, a community of parent leaders (and their children) meet to discuss how they can improve their schools and...

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Source/Author: Greenwich
Date: January 1, 2009

Full Description: In a town bordering New York State, a community of parent leaders (and their children) meet to discuss how they can improve their schools and community. Greenwich, known for its wealth and history of celebrity homes and eye-catching mansions also cradles another community, one that is economically disadvantaged. Many Connecticut natives are not aware that there are families in this town that are disadvantaged, let alone economically lacking.

Improving the quality of PreK-3 education in ways that increase early language and literacy development among all children and promote continuity of a child’s learning from preschool through third grade.:
Lee y Seras [PDF 345.94 KB]

Originally funded by Discovery grant dollars to promote early childhood education through the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Lee y Seras...

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Source/Author: Bridgeport
Topic(s): Early Literacy, Parent Leadership & Engagement, Racial & Economic Equity
Date: September 1, 2009

Full Description: Originally funded by Discovery grant dollars to promote early childhood education through the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Lee y Seras is a successful parent program adopted by the Bridgeport public schools designed to help Latino children realize their potential as strong readers and learners.

We all know there are not enough resources to help students these days, but many of us just shake our heads and wish that things were different....

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Source/Author: Meriden
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Early Literacy, Parent Leadership & Engagement
Date: January 28, 2010

Full Description: We all know there are not enough resources to help students these days, but many of us just shake our heads and wish that things were different. Not Meriden parents Cathy Lewis and Donna Mordarski. Cathy Lewis was frustrated because her niece, who was having reading problems, was on a waiting list to get extra help in school. Help did not come quickly enough, though, and her niece was held back a grade. Rather than dwell on the lack of services, Cathy, a Meriden Parent Leadership Training Institute graduate, and Donna Mordarski decided to do something to help children who were struggling with reading.

Increasing state and local capacity to set goals, measure progress and encourage those most affected to share their own stories.:

“Don’t cut programs that help our kids!” That was the message Danbury parents sent to legislators on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Fifty parents and...

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Source/Author: Danbury
Topic(s): Advocacy, Parent Leadership & Engagement
Date: May 1, 2009

Full Description: “Don’t cut programs that help our kids!” That was the message Danbury parents sent to legislators on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Fifty parents and children traveled to Hartford on a bus organized by Danbury Children First as part of a statewide Early Childhood Advocacy Day sponsored by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

“To support, educate and involve parents as active participants in improving the quality of life for the children of Windham” is not only the...

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Source/Author: Windham
Topic(s): Parent Leadership & Engagement
Date: September 1, 2009

Full Description: “To support, educate and involve parents as active participants in improving the quality of life for the children of Windham” is not only the mission of the Windham Parent Network (WPN); it is a community way of life. Founded in 1997 by local parents, the WPN is supported by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.