SC2C Executive Team Writes Letter to Support Domus Programs in Stamford Public Schools

On September 17, the Cradle to Career Executive Team submitted the following letter to the Stamford Public Schools Board of Education. We are pleased to report that on September 22, the Board of Education voted to continue offering Domus programs in the Stamford Public Schools.

September 17, 2020

Dear Members of the Stamford Board of Education:

On behalf of the Executive Team of Stamford Cradle to Career, I am writing to express our support for the Domus Knights and Domus Viking Programs.  Stamford Cradle to Career is an organization focused on racial and educational equity for all children and their families.  We also believe in leveraging all stakeholders in the community – parents, youth, civic and nonprofit organizations, business, and philanthropy – to contribute to the ecosystem of support that families need outside of the school system to be successful.  The Stamford Knights program provides the necessary emotional and motivational supports many of our students need to stay engaged and leverages philanthropic funding to do so. The data supports that the program engages students successfully – the average school attendance rate of participating students is 92%.  

The Cradle to Career model puts children and their families at the center of all decisions.  We believe that youth and families know best the supports and services they need to succeed.  The outpouring of testimonials from the many Domus families who have made their voices heard this past week is validation that the Domus Knights and Viking Programs are a resource that youth and parents feel they need to navigate the high school years.   

We strongly urge you to reconsider the Board’s decision to remove the Domus Knights from Stamford High and prevent the model to be implemented at Westhill High School. As our country and community continue to wrestle with the effects of the COVID pandemic highlighting racial inequities, it seems counterproductive to remove a fully funded program that supports many Black and Brown students and their families during this time of incredible stress.

Sincerely,

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Bridget Fox
President
Stamford Cradle to Career

Isabel Almeida
President

United Way of Western Connecticut

Bob Arnold
CEO

Family Centers

Anka Badurina, PhD
Executive Director

Building One Community

Barbara Carr
Director, Women’s and Children’s Service Line

Stamford Health

Olympia Della Flora
Assistant Superintendent

Stamford Public Schools

Mike Duggan
Executive Director

Domus Kids

Linda Franciscovich

Jackie Heftman
Member

Stamford Board of Education

Marc Jaffe
CEO

Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County

Kim Kispert
IBM, Retired & Community Member

Alice Knapp
President

The Ferguson Library

 

Nadene McKenzie Reid
NatWest Markets/Parent

Joseph Montalbano
Principal

HLW International LLP

Michael Pollard
Chief of Staff

City of Stamford – Mayor’s Office

Matt Quinones
CEO

Stamford Public Education Foundation

Vin Tufo
CEO

Charter Oak Communities

Rowena Track
CEO

Boys and Girls Club

Dudley Williams
President & CEO

Mill River Park Collaborative

Candy Yeager
Board Member

United Way of Western Connecticut