SC2C's Community Task Force, CTF consists of representatives from leading social service providers, community organizations and stakeholders, that have prioritized the key socio-economic factors that impact healthy child development and students’ ability to learn. CTF addresses known Contextual Indicators (CI) to support, inform and strengthen the work of the Community Action Networks (CANs) by engaging the Stamford community and a wide array of assets.
- Support: The CTF partners with the CAN's to increase impact of SC2C’s Core and Contributing Indicators and engage appropriate community resources.
- Inform: The CTF assists SC2C in connecting to the Stamford community with information and feedback to assist in meeting its objectives.
- Strengthen: By engaging the Stamford community, the CTF helps to ensure relevancy, leverage resources, support data utilization and involve multiple sectors in SC2C.
The Community Task Force pursues its work through a series of campaigns, each organized according to a defined theory of change, action teams, stated objectives and accountable timeframes. Campaigns underway include:
- Food for Thought (F4T): Children cannot develop and learn appropriately without reliable and affordable sources of health nutrition. F4T strengthens food security in Stamford's school-age population- and their families - through improved food access, nutritional education and promotion of health eating habits. This work is led by Cara Mitchell, Food Policy Manager with United Way of Western CT.
- Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI): The Achievement Gap derives from an "Opportunity Gap" that can be addressed by promoting equity in all forms and reducing biased treatment of students and their families, whether intended or unintended. REI is a community-wide effort to identify cultural/institutional bias in its primary forms (i.e. race, gender, socioeconomic) and support efforts to reduce their impact on student achievement outcomes. This work is led by Domus Kids staff Michael Hyman, Co-leader of the Race Action Committee and Donn Reid, Chief Values Officer.
- Reduce Chronic Absenteeism (RCA): RCA engages Stamford Public Schools (SPS), City administration and the community to improve student engagement, prevent youth (juvenile and young adult) violence and other negative social behaviors and improve educational outcomes. Achieving optimal levels of student attendance will lead to better academic performance and reduce destructive behavior. This work is led by Teresa Drew, Director of Youth Services for the City of Stamford.
- Embracing Families and Community (EFC): SPS, families and the community are engaged in a dynamic, interactive partnership that embraces diversity and cultivates healthy habits to achieve student success. Strengthening family and community engagement in the educational process will support 'whole child' development aligned with the District Strategic Improvement Plan's goals of Mind, Body and Heart.
Community Task Force Member Organizations:
Boys and Girls Club of Stamford Domus Kids
City of Stamford
City of Stamford Mayor’s Youth Services Bureau
Building One Community
Charter Oak Communities
Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County
The Community Fund of Darien
The Ferguson Library
Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut
Kids In Crisis
Saint Joseph Parenting Center
Stamford Police Department
Stamford Public Schools
United Way of Western Connecticut