A pilot initiative of the Vita Health and Wellness Partnership, the New Connections program is a two-generational model designed to support English Language Learner (ELL) students at Northeast Elementary school and their families as they acclimate to the Stamford Community.
As newcomers to the community, these families often face challenges pertaining to acculturation, such as sustaining stable housing, employment, adequate income, food security, educational support, and quality health care. The program leverages a wide network of resources—including counseling, trauma and crisis intervention, English language learning, and wellness programs—that, in partnership with the family, school and community, creates a safe, supportive learning environment where all students can succeed in the classroom.
In collaboration with Northeast School's administration, Family Centers' Outreach Worker acts as advocate for newly arrived students and parents by ensuring they receive the full range of academic and support resources available to them. Our Outreach Worker also encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education.
Research indicates that increased parent involvement can positively influence a child’s attitude towards school, classroom conduct, self-esteem, absenteeism, and motivation. The program also provides year-round support. During the summer months, the Outreach Worker will provide onsite support to families newly arrived at the Stamford Government Center.
For more information, contact Leslie Sexer at 203-324-3167.