End of Year and Looking Forward

From our President:

Dear SC2C Community,

As we approach the end of the year, I am delighted to share some exciting updates and achievements from Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C). It has been a year filled with progress, partnerships, and community empowerment.

1. Systems Change Status from StriveTogether:

I am thrilled to announce that Stamford Cradle to Career has been recognized with Systems Change Status from StriveTogether, our national supporting organization. This prestigious designation places SC2C among the top 16 communities in the country with this honor or higher. It reflects our collective dedication to creating positive, lasting change in the lives of our children and families.

2. Social Equity Grants Impact:

We are proud to celebrate the success of many community organizations that have received funding through the state of Connecticut's Social Equity Grants. SC2C is particularly gratified to have community voices actively involved in the decision-making process regarding how these funds are allocated within our community. This collaborative effort ensures that the resources reach those who need them most.

3. Recognition for Project Music:

A heartfelt congratulations to our valued community partner, Project Music, for their recent recognition by News 12 Connecticut. The community competition showcased the outstanding work this organization is doing with students and families in Stamford. We are proud to stand alongside Project Music and support their commitment to making a positive impact on our community.

4. Spotlight on Dolan and Rippowam Middle Schools:

The great work continues at Dolan and Rippowam Middle Schools through SC2C and the Full-Service Community Schools Grant. This month, we are actively engaging in focus groups with parents and students to gather insights on what would be most beneficial in their school communities. Your input is invaluable, and we appreciate your commitment to shaping the educational landscape for our youth.

As we approach the holiday season, I want to extend warm wishes to each member of our community. May this festive season bring joy, peace, and the opportunity to create lasting memories with loved ones. Thank you for your ongoing support, dedication, and collaboration. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of Stamford's children.

Warm regards,

Edith Presley

President, Stamford Cradle to Career

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SC2C News & Events

"Systems Change" Cradle to Career Network Member

In recognition of its impact on the lives of youth across Stamford, StriveTogether designated Stamford Cradle to Career as a "Systems Change" Cradle to Career Network member.


December Professional Development

To enhance your professional development, take advantage of the workshops offered by local community organizations.Workshops help employees develop new skills, improve their existing ones, and stay current with industry developments.

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The Season of Giving

This is a time of year when community members are encouraged to help others in need, especially children. To further their missions, nonprofit organizations are seeking volunteers, Christmas donations for children, in-kind donations and other forms of support from the community (you!).

Ways to Help...

SC2C Sparkler Incentive

Stamford Cradle to Career is excited to announce an end-of-year "SC2C Sparkler Incentive". Download the app and complete the ASQ to earn $20. Current members can also earn $20 by completing the ASQ before year-end.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store .

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Community Partner Spotlight:

Project Music wins

News 12 CT's Sounds of the Season Contest

We would like to congratulate our community partner Project Music on winning News 12 CT's Sounds of the Season contest! This achievement is a testament to the outstanding musical contributions of Project Music and the talent of its students. The contest, which celebrates and recognizes local artists, highlighted Project Music's ability to capture the audience's hearts with a fun and joyful version of "Jingle Bells." What makes this win even more remarkable is that most of the young musicians involved in the winning video had only been playing their instruments for two months. This accomplishment not only showcases their musical talent but also exemplifies the spirit of the holiday season.

The recognition from the community and the victory in the contest are well-deserved acknowledgments of the positive impact they bring through music. Keep up the good work and may the holiday video bring joy to all who enjoy it!

Community Impact:

Social Equity Council Grantees

United Way of Coastal and Western Connecticut (UWCWC) and the CT Social Equity Council (SEC) announced grant funding for a total of 57 non-profit projects in Bridgeport and Stamford. These grants are dedicated to making a positive impact on the communities and strengthening families that have been disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs.

On November 17th, a ceremony was held to officially recognize the grant recipients in the City of Stamford. The list of grantees includes a diverse range of organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Center for Wellbeing-Centro Bienestar, Community Health Centers, CORNERS Community, Domus Kids, Dope Inc., English Learner Support Services of Fairfield County, Family Centers, Future 5, Girls Scouts of

CT, Intempo, Journal of Hope, Live Girl, Mark of Excellence Preschool and Academy, My Architecture Workshops, Norwalk Community College Foundation, Grassroots Tennis & Education, Person to Person, Project Music, SoundWaters, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Ferguson Library, The RiseUP Group, The Workplace, William E. Edwards Academic College Tours, and The Youth Business Initiative.

The initiative not only provides financial support but also acknowledges the valuable contributions of these organizations in addressing the social impact of drug-related policies and fostering positive change in the affected communities.

Community News & Events

How Community Providers

can be More Effective Advocates for Students

Tuesday, December 12th

11:00am - 1:00pm

-Learn what various terms mean regarding support services available to students.

-Understand how you in your role as a non-school staff member can help advocate for the services your students need to be successful.


-Mike Meyer, Director of Family and Community Engagement, SPS

-Susan Lauria, Chronic Absenteeism Program Coordinator, YSB

Register/RSVP to: jdegennaro@domuskids.org by December 7th


Literacy Initiative!

Join us for a fun afternoon full of stories and a free book giveaway from SPEF.

It features a read-a-loud session with Mayor Caroline Simmons

and Encantos CEO &

Founder Susie Jaramillo.

Saturday, December 2nd

from 12pm to 2pm at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. 4th Floor.


The Mayor's Literacy Initiative hosts quarterly events that aim

to promote literacy and provide resources for parents to encourage their children to read.

Kids Helping Kids

11th Annual Gift of Giving

Kids Helping Kids is now collecting new and very gently used items for their annual holiday project. A free-of-charge holiday store for local kids to "shop" for gifts to give to loved ones this holiday season.

Collecting For Kids: Toys, board games, arts & crafts, puzzles, LEGO's, dolls, etc.

For Adults: Picture frames, household items, wallets, bath and beauty products, tools, candles, etc.

Click here to purchase an item from their Amazon Wish List and have it delivered directly to KHK

For more information, visit: KidsHelpingKidsCT.org

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