The Connecticut Project was founded in late 2021, and has deliberately taken time to listen and learn alongside our neighbors throughout the state to identify the specific focus areas and approaches that will provide the most significant real-world progress toward a just, thriving, and optimistic Connecticut. While we expect to expand our grantmaking and other efforts in the coming months, we have also begun to engage with a handful of projects and initiatives consistent with our vision, mission, and values.
Modern Classrooms Project
The Modern Classrooms Project empowers educators to build classrooms that respond to every student’s needs. They lead a movement of educators in implementing a self-paced, mastery-based instructional model that leverages technology to foster human connection, authentic learning, and social-emotional growth. The Connecticut Project is partnering with Modern Classrooms to bring this movement to Connecticut through its 2022 summer cohort, made up of over 150 educators from 30 districts and more than 70 schools throughout the state, and ongoing practice support and educator community building.
Center for Housing Equity and Opportunities in Eastern Connecticut
The Center for Housing Equity and Opportunities in Eastern Connecticut seeks to build stronger, more equitable communities through the generation of more affordable housing options in Eastern Connecticut. The Center will work through a focused collective impact model and will provide technical expertise to municipalities and advocacy organizations, emphasize regional approaches, share resources, best practices, and data to shape actions and decision making, and expand the dialogue regarding affordable housing plans to engage numerous stakeholders.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Activation Campaign
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Activation Campaign is catalyzing a coalition to ensure as many Connecticut public servants (educators, government and non-profit staff, veterans) as possible learn about and take advantage of the narrow window to have their federal student debt forgiven by filing their paperwork before 10/31/2022. The Connecticut Project is helping catalyze the campaign, providing funds, energy, and relationships to the coalition aiming to maximize awareness among and applications by CT’s 110,000+ eligible public servants.
Child Care Business Incubators
Child Care Business Incubators provide ongoing training, technical assistance, space, and a community of practice to new providers interested in launching their own child care businesses. Enabled by pilot legislation passed in 2021 by the Connecticut state legislature that establishes an innovative licensing model, several communities are working to implement and plan for the implementation of child care business incubators to establish pipelines of high quality, sustainable child care programs to address the lack of access to quality child care that families with young children throughout the state currently face.
The YWCA of New Britain
The YWCA of New Britain has launched a child care business incubator and is paving the way for other communities by serving as an example and a resource. The YWCA is training a cohort of child care providers in small business development, financial literacy, licensing regulations, and an array of child development courses. Upon successful completion of the initial training modules and licensing process, four child care providers will open their programs in a public housing facility as they launch their businesses.
The Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury / RIBA Aspira
The Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury / RIBA Aspira is exploring the feasibility of a child care business incubator in Waterbury. The Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury and RIBA Aspira, a workforce development initiative that seeks to reduce the unemployment rate in the South End of Waterbury, are engaged in a planning process to explore replicating, adapting, and learning from the child care business incubator in New Britain.
The United Way of Western Connecticut / Cora’s Kids
The United Way of Western Connecticut / Cora’s Kids is exploring the feasibility of a child care business incubator in Danbury. The United Way of Western Connecticut and Cora’s Kids, a staffed family child care network, are engaged in a planning process to explore replicating, adapting, and learning from the child care business incubator in New Britain.