Local and Regional Discovery Grants Received
Valley United Way is very pleased to help advance regional efforts for early childhood education in the Valley as both a funder and Collaborative Agent for the Discovery process through the Early Childhood Committee of the Valley Council for Health and Human Services. The Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby and Shelton recently received individual grants, and the three towns along with Seymour received a regional Discovery Grant.
The main funder of the programs is the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. They are funding the direct costs of the Ansonia, Derby and Shelton efforts. They also provided a base grant of $25,000 for the regional grant along with an additional challenge grant of $20,000 based on a local match which has been matched through a collaboration of Valley United Way; the cities and boards of education in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton; the Valley Community Foundation and TEAM, Inc.
Valley United Way acts as the collaborative agent for Ansonia and the regional grant while TEAM, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley play a similar role for Derby and Shelton respectively. You can read about the regional grant below, and watch for more about the Ansonia grant soon.
Through a collaboration of efforts in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton,
the Early Childhood Committee of the Valley Council for Health and Human
Services is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the amount
of $45,000 per year for the next two years, from the William Caspar Graustein
Memorial Fund (WCGMF) to continue its work in the field of early childhood
The Early Childhood Committee has developed an action plan for the next two years that works towards their goals of parent leadership development, professional development for early childhood teachers and providers, and increasing community involvement in early care and education.
Using Discovery grant money awarded by WCGMF, the cities of Ansonia, Derby,
and Shelton have been working individually on plans to improve in areas such as
kindergarten transitions to their public school systems, professional
development opportunities for preschool teachers and family home care providers,
public awareness of the needs of families with young children, parent
involvement and much more. As work progressed in these areas, a shared vision
among the communities grew and collaborative work began under the Early
Childhood Committee (ECC) of the Valley Council for Health and Human Services.
Seymour joined in the regional work last year, when they received school
readiness funds for providing programs in their town.