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 ctamburro@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.

ACES’ dedication to serve the regional needs of its community is exemplified by the wide array of services and programs offered. ACES provides adult and vocational programs, interdistrict programs, early childhood services, behavior services for those on the autism spectrum, occupational/physical therapy, professional development, and technology services.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1974
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
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 Norman Hicks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regional District #13
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
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.

ACES’ dedication to serve the regional needs of its community is exemplified by the wide array of services and programs offered. ACES provides adult and vocational programs, interdistrict programs, early childhood services, behavior services for those on the autism spectrum, occupational/physical therapy, professional development, and technology services.

Background

Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) has been living its mission:  To empower students, member districts, and others to meet educational and life challenges for close to fifty years.  ACES is the regional educational service center for the twenty-five communities in New Haven County.  ACES is both a non-profit service organization and a school district that serves over 2,000 students in three magnet and five special education schools.

ACES dedication to better serve its community and its commitment to equity and social justice is demonstrated by the wide array of services and programs offered.  These programs include adult and vocational programs, interdistrict programs, Open and Magnet School Parent Choice programs, Minority Teacher Recruitment initiatives, behavior services for individuals on the autism spectrum, occupational/physical therapy, professional development, and technology services. 
 
ACES organizational beliefs include:
  • Each individual has inherent worth
  • All individuals can learn
  • High expectations and effort are essential for higher achievement
  • Quality education provides the foundation for the success of the individual and community
  • Diversity strengthens an organization
  • Individuals are responsible for their own actions
  • Everyone has a responsibility to each other and contributes to the common good
  • Honesty and respect are essential for building trusting relationships
  • A positive attitude enhances performance
  • Collaboration enhances productivity and generates creativity
  • Families are essential partners in education
  • The willingness to change is necessary for individuals to grow and organizations to thrive 
Impact
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Individuals served: ACES served 1,612 magnet school students, and 622 special education students at ACES schools in 2016-17. With a focus on 25 local communities, ACES served a total of 92 districts and 19,640 educators with professional development and other services statewide.

  • Organizational redesign: ACES completed an organizational redesign, including the establishment of a platform structure to facilitate increased agility.

  • Insurance Collaborative: ACES created a coalition for health insurance among ACES member districts and communities to leverage combined member buying for high-quality health insurance at competitive rates.

  • International agreement with China: ACES signed an important agreement with the Chinese National Office for International Education. ACES Educational Center for the Arts is the first American public school to partner with the Chinese government to expand real world learning abroad and at its downtown New Haven campus.

  • NEH Institute: ACES Professional Development and School improvement continued its commitment to customized, cost-effective high quality professional learning by securing a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the study of civil rights. The features collaboration with Yale University.

  • Facilities improvements: ACES Facilities and Construction Services completed several major renovations of ACES schools: two roof renovations, two solar array installations and new energy efficient boilers, and a new playground.

  • Magnet School Advocacy Campaign: To advocate magnet school for funding, ACES hosted three legislative breakfasts - one at each of its three magnet schools. ACES also spearheaded parent and student letter-writing and advocacy at the state level on behalf of magnet school funding.

GOALS
  • All ACES learners will demonstrate educational, social and emotional growth towards identified goals and rigorous standards utilizing multiple measures of assessment.

  • ACES will continue its 50 year commitment to lead, advocate, and innovate on behalf of educational excellence in collaboration with districts, families and students in the region.

  • ACES will develop new programs and services with increased agility in response to districts’ evolving needs.

 
Needs

2017-18 Needs Statement:

  •  Create responsive and innovative regional solutions to educational challenges that provide cost-savings to 25 member districts and other partners;
  • Ensure equity and excellence for all students by closing the achievement gap among student populations, within ACES schools and throughout member school districts;

  • Build internal capacity to use data-driven decision-making to highlight successes, inform planning, and accelerate continuous improvement;

  • Develop a comprehensive system of employee recognition and voice;

  • Maximize internal potential and talent to achieve greater efficiencies for future development.

 
CEO Statement

ACES is dedicated to enhancing and transforming lives through education, innovation, and leadership as a means of creating a socially just world, one life at a time. ACES commitment to better serve its community is exemplified by the wide array of services and programs offered. Regional solutions such as the ACES insurance collaborative and ACES special education transportation service allow districts and municipalities to realize cost-savings and other needed efficiencies. Through its special education schools and programs and its magnet schools, ACES provides students with quality programming in a nurturing environment. ACES wide-range of services, from professional learning and technology to autism support and occupational and physical therapy, meet the needs of the greater New Haven community, districts, educators, students and their families.

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 serves infants/toddlers and their families 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 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 / 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
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 Director of Human Resources
Title Assistant Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Title Assistant Executive Director, Schools and Curriculum
Title Chief, ACES Institute
Title Chief, Marketing and Outreach
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
Norman Hicks
Company Affiliation Regional District #13
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lynn Campo Hamden School District
Sue Cohen Regional School District #5
Fran DiGiorgi Ansonia School District
John Finkle East Haven School District
Ethel Grant Naugatuck School District
Paula Guillet Oxford School District
Cathy Hellreich Cheshire School District
Karen Hlavac Wallingford School District
Judith Holtz Branford School District
Inez Kelso Bethany School District
Roberta Leonard Wolcott School District
Patricia Libero West Haven School District
John Lineen Meriden School District
Dorothy Logan North Haven School District
Ken Marcucio Derby School District
Sarah Querfeld North Branford School District
Susan Riccio Orange School District
John Theriault Waterbury 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 6
Female 12
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $85,950,321.00
Projected Expenses $85,950,321.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$100,896,702$80,677,415$82,727,985
Total Expenses$89,963,508$79,623,352$77,855,780
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$134,541,779$82,539,438$79,866,396
Current Assets$54,657,575$42,464,184$38,788,781
Long-Term Liabilities$1,002,215$474,774$664,174
Current Liabilities$26,861,980$6,178,730$437,051
Total Net Assets$106,677,584$75,885,934$74,831,871
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --US Department of Education $439,567US Department of Education $774,103
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT State Department of Education $15,679,148CT State Department of Education $18,701,906
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT Department of Developmental Services $1,941,005CT Department of Developmental Services $1,763,261
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 ctamburro@aces.org
CEO/Executive Director Thomas M. Danehy Ed.D.
Board Chair Norman Hicks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regional District #13

 

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