Area Cooperative Educational Services
350 State St
North Haven CT 06473-3108
Contact Information
Address 350 State St
North Haven, CT 06473-3108
Telephone (203) 498-6851 x
Fax 203-498-6891
E-mail erossetti-ryan@aces.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of ACES, a leader and innovator in education, is to empower our students, member districts, and other clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1974
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Thomas M. Danehy Ed.D.
Board Chair Alicia Clapp
Board Chair Company Affiliation North Haven (Connecticut) School District
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $83,694,432.00
Projected Expenses $83,694,432.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of ACES, a leader and innovator in education, is to empower our students, member districts, and other clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community.
Background

For close to 50 years, ACES has been serving special needs and regular education students from the 25 schools districts in ACES geographic region of south central Connecticut and throughout the State. Beginning with 40 special needs, ACES now embraces more than 2,300 regular and special education K–12 students in our magnet and special education schools and programs from 67 Connecticut communities. At the heart of ACES work is helping all students reach their full potential, especially students who may lack opportunities due to physical, developmental and intellectual challenges, socioeconomic level or geographic location. ACES services encompass:
Interdistrict Magnet and Special Education Schools - ACES provides rigorous academic curricula through 3 Interdistrict Magnet Schools with nearly 1,700 students, and 5 special education schools, with 700 students.
Professional Development and School Improvement Services, including specialized services such as Behavioral, Extension Therapy (occupational and physical therapies), and Technology Services;
Early Childhood Services served 416 individuals last year. The ACES Early Head Start program serves infants/toddlers and families from Clinton, Cromwell, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook;
Regional Educational Programming: ACES programs include ACES Magnet School Parent Choice, Interdistrict Cooperative Programs, Vocational Programming, ACES–West Haven High School Collaborative and services at Yale-St. Raphael campus.

* ACES Open Choice aims to increase academic achievement while decreasing racial isolation. It is a free interdistrict program that enables urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns and suburban students to attend public schools in New Haven. In 2016, 470 students from 14 school districts enrolled participated.

* ACES ACCESS supports the career development and transition for a multi-challenged adult population, by providing vocational training and support to adults with disabilities in Greater New Haven in the areas of individual and group supported employment, and volunteer services.

* ACES International Center for Education and Services (ICES) strives to create an effective global learning environment by providing broad support for global engagement, international-transcultural learning, professional guidance, administrative oversight and program development.
Impact
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Launched the ACES Regional Curricula Consortium. The Consortium is an innovative regional initiative created to assist the member school districts and staff with the work of fully implementing the Common Core Standards in the areas of English, Language Arts and Mathematics. To date, 162 participants have represented 18 school districts, and have produced 79 fully-articulated K -12 Common-Core aligned English Language Arts and Mathematics units of study.
  • Opened new Center for Autism Spectrum and Development Disorders serving middle and high school-age students. The Center's primary goal is to provide science-based instruction, training and behavior intervention programs that promote functional independence.
     
  • ACES was awarded and implemented 6 interdistrict grants. The primary goals of these State Department of Education-funded grants are to reduce student racial and ethnic isolation and to increase student achievement.  
  • Increased performance in academic and arts-related areas at ACES three magnet schools: ACES Educational Center for the Arts, Thomas Edison Middle School, and Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School.
GOALS
  • To have all ACES learners demonstrate continuous growth educationally, socially and emotionally through identified goals and rigorous standards utilizing multiple measures of assessment.
  • To be a leader, advocate, innovator and visionary in collaborating with school districts and communities to transform education in the 21st century.
  • To sustain the existence of fiscally healthy and high-quality ACES programs, schools and services.
Needs
- Reduce the achievement gap among ACES students and among students across all member school districts; optimize learning experiences for students and teachers.
- Need programmatic support for schools, teachers and administrators.
- Be responsive and innovative to the needs of 25 member school districts.
- Stengthen knowledge base of school districts and consortium participants about the Core Standards.
- Improve teaching practices.
- Develop and manage teacher and administrator evaluation processes, incorporating approaches that strengthen teaching strategies and optimize learning experiences for all students. 
CEO Statement
For 44 years, ACES has been a resource for our 25 member school districts, their students and families,and the ACES region. In 2011-12, ACES schools, services and programs served over 2,200 students and thousands of educators from over 58 Connecticut communities. ACES Professional Development and School Improvement Unit hosted close to 14,000 educators at its Hamden-based facility whle thousands more participated in professional development activities in their schools and districts. ACES programs and services range from early childhood to career development and transition for multi-challenged adults ages 21 and above.
 
A commitment to providing innovative solutions to education's most pressing problems and proactively addressing the needs of our member districts is central to ACES work. Two outstanding examples of our commitment to supporting and improving public education include ACES Regional Curriculum Consortium and ACES Connecticut State Department of Education-funded Interdistrict Cooperative Grants. These are two of ACES many programs and services that have been created and implemented to solve identified needs, to meet educational challenges, and to empower students.
 
I invite you to learn more about ACES innovative initiatives, and to consider ACES in your plan for philanthropic giving. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
In addition to the geographic areas identified above, ACES also provides programs and services to the following cities, towns and school districts: Amity, Beacon Falls, Durham, Middlefield, Prospect Waterbury and Wolcott.  ACES also serves as a statewide resource.
Programs
Description

ACES operates 3 inter-district magnet schools which serve the needs of its 25 member school districts, students and families:

-         ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) – New Haven. 297 area students who are gifted in the visual, music, dance, theatre and literary arts work with professional artists in this half-day program.

-         ACES Thomas Edison Middle School (TEMS) - Meriden. TEMS focuses on Math, Science, andTechnology through hands-on exploratory learning, and serves 706 middle school students. Meriden, Middletown and Regional District #13 are participating partners, with many other districts also sending students to TEMS.

-      ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (WIMS) – Hamden. WIMS provides a comprehensive liberal arts education to 631 K - 8th grade students. Hamden, Meriden, New Haven, Wallingford and Woodbridge are WIMS partner districts. WIMS also enrolls students from many communities through ACES Magnet School Parent Choice program.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Administrators and teachers will identify and use multiple measures of assessment to identify student growth and achievement over time. Identify areas of program effectiveness within a continuous quality improvement model, so that students can demonstrate continuous growth and achievement in magnet school-specific areas of focus, as well as through more generalized liberal arts studies. Outcomes will be measured, using standardized testing (SBAC, CBAS), as well as through more individualized approaches.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Participating students will become higher-achieving, better-rounded individuals as a result of their attendance at magnet schools. One of the primary goals of ACES inter-district magnet schools is to significantly reduce the racial, ethnic and economic isolation of participating students, which, in turn, leads to heightened academic achievement. 
Students at ECA will enhance their ability to be accepted at arts-focused universities and/orcollege-level arts programs. TEMS and WIMS students have an opportunity to greatly increase Math and Science aptitudes, enhancing the eventual likelihood of matriculation at colleges focused in these fields. Career and professional successes will be partially predicated on the effectiveness of learning communities within these inter-district magnet schools.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Success in programs is measured using various tools and methodologies.

-         For ACES, music students are tested annually with respect to aptitude and cumulative learning on music theory, and similar programmatic testing takes place within the other arts disciplines as well. Students are also evaluated on their participation in term projects, such as an art exhibit, play / musical, music and dance performances, and literary readings.

-         For WIMS and TEMS, students take on science and math projects, for which they are coached and encouraged to refine over time. Math and science CMT scores are used to assess math and science proficiency, and determine instructional efficacy, as well. 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Students have been greatly impacted by the innovative collaborations in which all ACES magnet schools participate. Examples of these often life-changing collaborative initiatives include:

TheACES ECA Dance Department has been collaborating with Adele Myers Dance Company through a series of five workshops, culminating in a dance performance. This program was made possible through a grant from the ACES Education Foundation.

TEMS and WIMS students have participated in programs which emphasize collaborative work with some of its technological and academic partners. These partnerships include: the Eli WhitneyMuseum, the Connecticut Science Center and the Peabody Museum. These programs have engaged students’ imagination, and helped them see possibilities with respect to post-secondary education and various career tracks.  The collaborative nature of these initiatives help to invigorate learning by offering hands-on interactive programming.

Description

ACES operates five special education schools, offering these programs to its 25 member school districts:

ACES Center forAutism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders(Northford) is an educational and clinical program serving 37 students, ages 11-21, from 21 Connecticut districts.

ACES Mill Road School(North Haven) serves children K-8thgrade with serious emotional /behavioral difficulties. The New Haven Urban Youth Program (also part of the School) offers New Haven students, both regular K-5thgrade, as well as special education programming.

ACES Whitney HS East & West (Hamden) serves special ed students between the ages of 14 and 21.

ACES Whitney HS North (Hamden) provides individualized programming to students with serious emotional disabilities in grades 9 to 12.
      
ACES Village School (North Haven) consists of Early Childhood, Early Intensive Behavior Intervention, and Elementary/Middle School programs for children age 3–14 with a range of abilities and complex needs.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Progress is measured through standardized testing, and through attainment of goals, as identified on students’ individualized educational plans and supplemental methodologies. Reward systems are put in place as incentives for advancing in academic and behavioral standards.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The primary goal of ACES special education schools is to provide science-based instruction, training, and behavior intervention programs that promote functional independence. Focused, individualized programming provides the necessary supports that allow for the enhancement of students’abilities to develop in the areas of academic achievement, vocational/employment, life skills, communication and social skills. Students will become supportive members of their community, able to live meaningful and productive lives.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Program success is measured by the ability of students to achieve on standardized testing and by the ability to attain individualized goals. Rewards systems further systematize the ability to measure progress for these specialized student populations.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Program successes are numerous, and are reflected in the many testimonies offered by students, and their family members. Many students served by ACES behaviorally-oriented schools are able to return to their sending school districts, after successful interventions and supports have helped students sustain significant emotional and behavioral strides. Students who are served by ACES schools which have a focus on developmental aspects, have been able to learn and succeed vocationally, employed within the community before -- and after graduation.

Description

ACES Professional Development and School Improvement (PDSI) Unit provides cost-effective, customized solutions target to the specific needs of our collaborative partners by addressing professional learning at every phase. PDSI works with partner districts, the State Dept. of Education, and other clients to anticipate and identify trends, target and access resources, design and implement initiatives and determine program effectiveness through comprehensive data analysis. Programs include Curricula Consortia, Alternate Route to Certification for Library Media Specialists, and ACES PreK-3rd grade symposium for district leaders.

Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

ACES Early Childhood Services offers high-quality competency-based interdisciplinary consultation and training to early childhood practitioners and supports the design and implementation of aligned early childhood experiences across multiple systems. ACES interdisciplinary consultation team also provides child specific interventions for early childhood education setting for children, birth to age five. The ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership, now in its fifth year of federal funding, serves 56 infants/toddlers in six communities. Through regional collaboration, ACES Early Childhood staff is able to respond to district and community needs, share best practices, prepare a more qualified workforce, and maximize resources.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Families / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

Regional Educational and Specialized Programming includes:

ACES Open Choice and ACES Magnet School Parent Choice – provides options for families to choose available openings in urban and suburban schools in the ACES region, as well as in ACES Thomas Edison Middle School, and ACES Wintergreen Magnet School.

ACES Interdistrict Cooperative Grant Programs increase student achievement and reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation.

ACES – West Haven High School Collaborative provides educational services for students identified with intellectual disabilities.

ACES School Program at Yale New Haven Hospital (St. Raphael campus) provides academic services to students receiving inpatient psychiatric emergency services.

ACES ACCESS supports career development and transition for a multi-challenged adult population (ages 21 and above).

Other ACES services include ACES Behavior Services, Extension Therapy Services, Technology Services, and Transportation and Facilities Services.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults / European Heritage
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Thomas M. Danehy Ed.D.
Term Start July 2014
Email tdanehy@aces.org
Experience

Dr. Thomas Danehy has had an impressive career as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. The high school principal position was for a magnet high school on the campus of a community college, where he was on the College President’s Cabinet. Most recently, Dr. Danehy served as superintendent of the public schools in Winchester, Connecticut. He has also worked for a neighboring Regional Educational Service Center, led human resources, and overseen special education in many of his leadership roles.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 683
Number of Part Time Staff 201
Number of Volunteers 45
Staff Retention Rate 86%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 154
Asian American/Pacific Islander 6
Caucasian 689
Hispanic/Latino 35
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 258
Female 626
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Craig W. Edmondson Ed.D. 2006 - June 2014
Cheryl S. Saloom Ed.D.July 2002 - 2006
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Executive Director, Curriculum and Programs
Title Assistant Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Title Assistant Executive Director, Personnel and Special Services
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Alicia Clapp
Company Affiliation North Haven (Connecticut) School District
Term Sept 2011 to Sept 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Gerald Brittingham Cheshire School District
Elizabeth Brown Waterbury School District
Lynn Campo Hamden School District
Kathy Castelli Wallingford School District
Sue Cohen Regional District #5 (Amity) School District
Fran DiGiorgi Ansonia School District
Janet Finneran Bethany School District
Ethel Grant Naugatuck School District
Paula Guillet Oxford School District
Norm Hicks Regional District #13 (Durham, Middlefield) School District
Judith Hotz Branford School District
Roberta Leonard Wolcott School District
John Lineen Jr.Meriden School District
Vincent Loffredo Middletown School District
Ken Marcucio Derby School District
Colby O'Rourke North Branford School District
Earl Whiskeyman Milford Public Schools
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 11
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $83,694,432.00
Projected Expenses $83,694,432.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$79,392,961$75,125,672$75,314,757
Total Expenses$73,490,606$71,821,244$74,371,965
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$24,193,164$18,665,682$17,807,225
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$24,193,164$18,665,682$17,807,225
Individual Contributions------
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$55,167,403$56,426,684$57,468,635
Investment Income, Net of Losses$32,394$33,306$38,897
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$69,201,359$67,687,669$70,543,751
Administration Expense$4,289,247$4,133,575$3,828,214
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.051.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%94%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$77,704,976$73,743,926$70,501,008
Current Assets$39,409,716$35,089,321$30,654,318
Long-Term Liabilities$784,994$2,872,903$3,794,633
Current Liabilities$6,960,316$6,813,712$5,953,492
Total Net Assets$69,959,666$64,057,311$60,752,883
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Ed. $20,187,191CT State Dept. of Education $13,420,121 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Dev. Services $1,525,590CT Dept. of Developmental Services $1,501,295 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUS Dept. of Ed. $1,043,358U.S. Dept. of Education $1,341,478 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.665.155.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%4%5%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
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Address 350 State St
North Haven, CT 064733108
Primary Phone 203 498-6851
Contact Email erossetti-ryan@aces.org
CEO/Executive Director Thomas M. Danehy Ed.D.
Board Chair Alicia Clapp
Board Chair Company Affiliation North Haven (Connecticut) School District

 

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