Community Task Force (CTF)
The Community Task Force (CTF) addresses key socio-economic factors that impact healthy child development and a student’s ability to learn.
CTF includes representatives from leading social service providers, community organizations and stakeholders.
CTF supports, informs, and strengthens the work of the Community Action Networks (CANs) by engaging the Stamford community and a wide array of assets.
The CTF partners with the CANs to increase impact of SC2C’s Core and Contributing Indicators and engage appropriate community resources.
The CTF assists SC2C in connecting to the Stamford community with information and feedback to assist in meeting its objectives.
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 nutrition. F4T strengthens food security in Stamford’s school-age population–and their families through improved food access, nutrition education, and promotion of healthy eating habits. Please click here for additional resources.
- 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 reduce their impact on student achievement. 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 Stamford Public School District Strategic Improvement Plan’s goals of Mind, Body and Heart.
Community Task Force Member Organizations:
- Boys and Girls Club of Stamford
- 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
- Domus Kids
- Family Centers
- The Ferguson Library
- Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut
- Kids In Crisis
- Saint Joseph Parenting Center
- Stamford Health
- Stamford Police Department
- Stamford Public Schools
- United Way of Western Connecticut
To effectively measure and identify effective practices while aligning resources, we have designed and developed a detailed Action Plan process. The process and the related template were created in close partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the Superintendent’s team. This process is consistently followed by all CANs. Each CAN is at a different stage of action plan completion, depending on the complexity of its objectives and the available data.
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