Travelers Awards Achieve Hartford! Grants for Choice Education and New Strategic Programs

Friday, January 31, 2014

HARTFORD, CT – Achieve Hartford! announced today that The Travelers Companies, Inc. has awarded the organization  $25,000 for the Choice Education Program through the Neighborhood Assistance Act program, and  $150,000 for  the organization’s new strategy to Inform, Evaluate and Research.

“Travelers is pleased to provide support to an organization that is focused on advocating for quality education and student outcomes. Achieve Hartford! provides vital information to all stakeholders, so that we can engage in school improvement over time,” said Tara N. Spain, Director of Community Relations.  “We are pleased to partner with Achieve Hartford! in the work of improving education and closing the achievement gap for the students in our capital city.”

Achieve Hartford!’s Choice Education Program focuses on Hartford parents with children entering kindergarten who must select an elementary school for their child.. Now in its fourth year, the program is working hard to push shared responsibility among the pre-k centers, school district, and community partners for assisting parents with navigating the multiple school choice processes. Information on schools will continue to be delivered 1-on-1 to parents, through workshops and info sessions, and through www.SmartChoicesHartford.org, the first online tool of its kind in the nation.

Travelers support of Achieve Hartford!’s new strategy to Inform, Evaluate and Research will allow the organization to not only produce powerful information, but also disseminate it deep into the community.

“We thank Travelers, a founding partner of Achieve Hartford!, for their dedicated support.  Their commitment to our organization has helped position us to lead both local and state-wide agencies in collaborative capacity-building efforts to accelerate school improvement,” said Paul Diego Holzer, Achieve Hartford!’s executive director.

About Achieve Harford!:
Through independent research, evaluation, and engaging the community, Achieve Hartford! creates urgency and shared responsibility for closing the achievement gap in Hartford.

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Contact:

Mary Crean
Achieve Harford!
mcrean@achievehartford.org

Website: www.achievehartford.org

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