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Pitney Bowes Foundation Funds STEM Preschool Professional Development Program in Danbury

February 14th, 2018

EdAdvance, on behalf of Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership, has received a grant of $5,000 from the Pitney Bowes Foundation for professional development in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for early childhood educators.  EdAdvance is the Regional Educational Service Center in western CT.

This collaborative grant proposal was coordinated by the Partnership and will be administered through EdAdvance and the Danbury School Readiness Council. Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership works closely with the Danbury School Readiness Council to provide Preschool professional development programming.

The funds will support training for over 50 early childhood educators and provide related classroom resources to cultivate STEM-related interests and skills in preschool children. Participating educators will attend specialized training sessions to advance their knowledge and instructional skills in early STEM learning.  Following the training, educators will receive STEM resource kits for use in School Readiness preschool programs.

Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership has raised significant funding and is a strong advocate for the education, health, and well-being of at-risk children in the Danbury area.  The majority of Danbury School Readiness preschool participants are dual-language learners from low-income families. Each year, over 150 teachers and teacher assistants receive training through the School Readiness Council's offerings.

Coordination and facilitation of the Danbury School Readiness grant is one of many Early Childhood and Family Programs at EdAdvance. The agency has offices in both Danbury and Litchfield.

For more information, contact:

EdAdvance Early Childhood & Family Programs at 860-567-0863 or www.edadvance.org
Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership at 203-826-8279
Danbury Schools Readiness Council at 203-791-1904

Early Childhood Educators participate in STEM activities at the January 29th professional development session.

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