Where Does the Summer Go?

This summer was busy for SC2C. We coordinated the afternoon enrichment portion of Stamford Public Schools’ Olympian Summer Scholars program, with the help of 11 community providers. Although there were glitches at the beginning, over 1,300 children participated in programming ranging from the arts, to sports, and coding--all activities that they may not have typically been able to attend. A huge thank you to all the enrichment providers who participated. 
Our Bridge to College Program completed its third successful summer, with 111 recent graduates of high schools in Stamford participating. We wish them the best as they take their first steps toward a successful future in higher education!
As part of the Stamford Summer Literacy Initiative, three SC2C early grade literacy coaches worked with Stamford Boys and Girls Club, Stamford YMCA, and Family Centers to incorporate more literacy activities into the campers' daily activities. You can see an adorable camper engaged in a literacy activity above.
Please help us get the word out to Stamford families about two important programs: UniteCT can help families who experienced financial difficulties due to COVID with rental and utility assistance; the new Child Tax Credit can put money into the pockets of families that really need it right now. Information about both appear below.

As election season approaches, it's important to stay informed about local candidates and issues. Tonight, a Democratic Mayoral & Westside Board of Reps Forum is being held from 7:30 to 9 pm, sponsored by the Concerned Clergy Coalition. It will be streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/faithtabct

Remember that the most up-to-date information about what's going on with SC2C and our community partners can be found by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Instagram and Twitter.

Best wishes for a good start to the new school year,

Bridget Fox
President, Stamford Cradle to Career
Information about upcoming events can also be found on our website under News & Events. Recordings of previous events and webinars can be found under Resources.
SC2C News & Events
StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening

October 4 - 8, 2021 | Virtual

All members of SC2C partner organization are invited to participate in this year's Cradle to Career Convening.

Cradle Career Network members from across the country will come together virtually to learn from the histories of our communities and our movement; connect individuals, organizations, and communities that are measurably and irreversibly seeding change; and find new ways of working across communities to cultivate a stronger future.

For information about the agenda, click here.
For information about the speakers, click here.

We're Hiring!

SC2C is seeking caregivers of young children living in Stamford to serve as Parent Ambassadors. Parent Ambassadors will work with SC2C’s Community Engagement Manager, 0-5 Early Childhood Community Action Network, and partner organizations to build parent membership within SC2C. They will serve as “go-to’s” for families in the community that they serve by conducting outreach activities to identify caregivers of children, prenatal-age 8, and connect them to SC2C and community resources.

To find out more, click here.
To apply, click here.

SC2C is dedicated to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to achieve to their greatest potential. To that end, we have partnered with Sparkler, an app created for parents and caregivers to track their child’s development.

Join us as a Sparkler Parent Liaison if you:
  • Are a Stamford parent
  • Have experience with children and families
  • Have experience with early childhood development
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish preferred)
  • Interested in non-profit work

For more information, click here.
News & Events from Community Partners
Tonight! Wednesday, September 8
Mayoral Candidate and Westside Board of Reps Forum
7:30 pm - 9 pm

With guests Mayor David Martin and State Representative Caroline Simmons

Sponsored by the Concerned Clergy Coalition.

Zoom: 572 900 6561
Passcode: 2033488755

Help Spread the Word About Housing and Utility Assistance from UniteCT

UniteCT provides up to $15,000 rental assistance and up to $1,500 electricity payment assistance to Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is administered by the Department of Housing on behalf of the US Treasury.

UniteCT is stabilizing Connecticut’s rental housing market by financially supporting those households up to 80% of HUD’s Area Median Income (AMI). Click here for an interactive AMI map to see if you may qualify.

To learn more about this program, click here.

For a copy of the English flyer, click here.
For a copy of the Spanish flyer, click here.
For a copy of the Haitian Creole flyer, click here.
Help the Parents You Work With Get the Child Tax Credit

As part of pandemic emergency funding, Congress increased the Child Tax Credit this year. Parents are eligible to receive $3,600 for each child below age six and $3,000 for each older child. Those who pay taxes should already be receiving the credit. Those who don't pay taxes--often because they earn too little or don't have social security numbers--can complete a simple application to receive the credit. It is available in multiple languages. 

One-hour webinars on the dates below provide information on the Child Tax Credit and how you can help the parents you work with enroll for the credit. You only need to attend one webinar.

Thursday, September 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT), register here.
Friday, September 10, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (EDT), register here.
Tuesday, September 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT), register here.

Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is sponsoring the 9th Annual MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run. This year it will be offered in the form of a virtual walk/run with a team and a course of your choice. The event is inspired by the life and memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate.

Gather a team and assign a Team Leader to participate on your own time. Have fun and spend time with your friends, family, or colleagues while supporting a great cause. Run a pre-charted course throughout the City of Stamford (or create your own). Registration is FREE.

To register for the Walk & Run, click here.

On August 9, United Way of Western Connecticut launched an innovative new digital platform to benefit hardworking, struggling households called ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

Called Prosperi-Key, the platform is the first to income-qualify households that are above the poverty level but below what it takes to make ends meet.

From Prosperi-Key, you can access:
  • Offers from businesses designed for ALICE that can save you money
  • Programs from local nonprofits that could benefit you and your family
  • United Way's programs for ALICE, including Healthy Savings and the ALICE Enrichment Fund

You can register for all these benefits through an easy, confidential, and safe process.

To register for Prosperi-Key, click here.

To view a video about Prosperi-Key, click here.

To find out how to list your nonprofit on Prosperi-Key, contact Victoria Scofield at 203-883-6704 or at victoria.scofield@uwwesternct.org.
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