Concepts for Adaptive Learning
5 Science Park, Suite 2C
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 5 Science Park, Suite 2C
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 410-3679 x
Fax 203-272-8451
E-mail info@eachchildlearns.org
Web and Social Media

Mission
Our mission is to raise the academic achievement of urban public school children, leading them to succeed in school and beyond.
 
We use the resources of technology to educate students, teachers and parents, as our foundation and integrated approach for attaining improved educational outcomes.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

Thinking of Others

For many low-income school children living in impoverished communities, owning a computer has only been a dream. They are part of the technology gap that exists between their affluent classmates who possess regular access to computers and the internet, versus students and their families who are struggling just to survive. These underserved children are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult for them to compete and succeed in school and in life! Working together, you and the organization I serve can help make a Holiday dream come true.

Our non-profit organization, Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL), has implemented a program that’s proven to help improve public school children’s grades and their parents’ involvement in their education. Since 2003, we have given computer training and gently-used computers to nearly 4,000 families, living in the poorest neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury. Twenty-three hundred are residents of the City of New Haven.

One Family at a Time

Ms. Eileen Henderson, a New Haven resident who completed the program states, “I no longer have to walk my children to the library or a relative’s house. My children are so excited about being able to do their schoolwork at home”. Ms. Henderson is one of the 85% of surveyed parents that indicated having a computer at home helped improve their children’s grades in school.

Please Help!

We are asking for your financial support so you can help make a lasting impact on a student’s Education and Change the Course of a Low Income Child’s Future. 

Thank you from our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers for caring and your generous donation.

Sincerely,

Damaris Garcia             Curtis Hill

Board Chairperson       Executive Director

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
Concept Foundation
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 Mr. Curtis Hill
Board Chair Mrs. Damaris Garcia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
Our mission is to raise the academic achievement of urban public school children, leading them to succeed in school and beyond.
 
We use the resources of technology to educate students, teachers and parents, as our foundation and integrated approach for attaining improved educational outcomes.
Background
Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) is a New Haven, CT based non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the academic achievement of public school children, leading them to succeed in school and beyond. CfAL is unique in that it uses the resources of technology to educate teachers, students and parents, as its cornerstone and integrated approach for attaining improved educational outcomes.
 
The organization grew from an initiative of community leaders in New Haven, was founded in 2001 and received its 501 (c)(3). CfAL had a single goal…to improve learning outcomes, through the delivery of enhanced technology services.
 
CfAL focuses its efforts on disadvantaged public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of the worst academically performing large cities in CT, most importantly is the City of New Haven.
 
In support of its mission, CfAL has implemented technology programs for teachers, students and parents. Through its Integrating Technology in Teaching Program, the organization has instructed more than 100 teachers how to effectively integrate technology in their classroom, and make their instruction more engaging.
 
Through its Technology Cascade & Training Program, CfAL has instructed more than 4,000 disadvantaged parents how to use a computer. Upon completing the training, CfAL gives the families a refurbished computer, along with a year of technical support. The program also extends learning beyond the classroom and simultaneously helped close the “digital divide”.
 
During the summer months, CfAL delivers its Learning Math After-School Can Be Fun Project during the summer months. The project is designed to improve math literacy of 3rd thru 5th grade students, living in impoverished neighborhoods, who are appreciably below math standards, as defined by the Public School District and the CT Mastery Test. The project goal and objectives are met by motivating students to learn through a 37 hour engaging computer-based process and math curriculum, with special emphasis on multiplication, division and ratios.
 
CfAL is led by an all-volunteer 12 member Board of Directors and an Executive Director, and has a training location in New Haven. Ten part-time independent consultants instruct in both English and Spanish.
 
CfAL rents space in Wallingford, CT where a full-time Technician refurbishes, stores and distributes the computers.
Impact
During 2018, we were honored to have served more than 784 people, including teachers, students and parents in our technology-based programs.
 
Eighteen under performing 3rd through 5th grade students from impoverished New Haven neighborhoods graduated from our summer math program called Learning Math After School Can Be. These students improved their math literacy by an average of 40% during this 5-week summer program.
 
In addition to the Learning Math After School Can Be Fun program for students, we also focused on extending their learning beyond the classroom through our Technology Cascade & Training Program. This program puts gently used computers in the home of disadvantaged families, giving students a computer that they used for schoolwork. The program also included training parents how to use the computer to help their children with schoolwork. Three hundred seventy-four families participated in the program. An independent 3rd-party evaluation found that more than 88% of the parents indicated their children’s grades had improved in school.
 
Our Digital Literacy for Early Learners, "A Primer for Parents" program was conducted in 5 schools and more than 68 parents, with children birth to 5, completed the training workshop series. This program is designed to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
 
We are proud of what we accomplished in 2018. Yet, we also know for 2019 that there are many more teachers, students and parents that need our help.
 
Our programmatic goals for 2019 include:
 
Sustaining and offering our 3 primary programs
  • Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents”, that focuses on helping children ages birth to 5 succeed when entering kindergarten.
  • Learning Math After School Can Be Fun program
  • Technology Cascade and Training Program also known as our Parent Computer Program
Needs
In order to help CfAL achieve its mission, these are the most pressing needs the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers must and will focus on in 2019:
 
New Funding Opportunities – we need to find new funding opportunities and nurturing relationships with existing donors. Our goal is to raise an additional $40,000 in 2019.
 
Stable Funding – our funding is unpredictable, mainly because grants are for 1 year. We need to be awarded multi-year grants and committed multi-year donations. Our goal is to find 2 multi-year grants and 1 multi-year donor.
 
Strategic Relationships – we need to develop relationships with politicians and others who agree to support our programs. Our goal is to develop 4 new relationships.
 
Board Effectiveness – we need to strengthen the effectiveness of the Board by getting them actively engaged in achieving the mission. Our goal is that every Board member will be actively engaged in achieving the mission or actions will be taken to replace them.
 
Public Relations/Marketing – we need to find a resource who can develop a PR plan that will help with branding and help to spread the word about CfAL. Our goal is to find that resource as soon as possible.
CEO Statement
Dear Readers:
 
For the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of serving on an organization that works tirelessly to achieve its mission, with a single purpose of helping disadvantaged public school children improve their education. What makes CfAL unique over other non-profits is two-fold:
  • it uses the resources of technology to educate teachers, students and parents.
  • it has a holistic framework that enjoining teachers, students and parents in process of achieving its goals.
Every day the need for technology grows, as the technology tsunami is sweeping across education, and the use of technology and computers in schools is accelerating for classwork and homework. Can you imagine life in 2019 without a computer? Yet, more than 37% of low-income families do not have a working computer in the home. These students in the largest impoverished urban centers of Connecticut's urban cities who do not have access to computers at home are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult to compete and succeed in school and in life!
 
CfAL’s technology based programs are designed to increase disadvantaged students’ learning outcomes by extending learning beyond the classroom, by making their teachers’ curriculum more engaging, and by delivering special academic training for underperforming students. A prime example of the organization’s work is our Technology Cascade & Training Program that includes giving and installing gently used computers in the home for schoolwork. These computers run the same software as the students use at school. The targeted students attend underperforming elementary schools in the poorest neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Waterbury. Their parents receive computer training to expand their knowledge of technology to help their children with learning at home. The program also helps eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families. To date, more than 2,800 families have participated in this program.
 
It is easy to be proud of CfAL’s accomplishments. Yet, it is very humbling to know there are many, many more students that need our help.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read about an organization that I am proud to be a part of.
 
Sincerely,
Curtis M. Hill
Executive Director
Board Chair Statement
Dear Readers:
 
I have served on the CfAL Board of Directors for the past 3 years and this is my first year as the CfAL Board Chair. I am honor serving as the Board Chair. I am committed to helping the organization achieve its mission because I believe all public school children, especially those in New Haven, should have a quality education.
 

The technology tsunami is sweeping across education, at schools and in homes. Every day that passes more and more students’ schoolwork is being required to be completed after school, at home. Much of the content of school work can be found on the internet. A primary focus area for the organization is putting technology in the homes of families that can least afford a computer, thereby extending learning beyond the classroom.

Serving on the CfAL Board of Directors helps me assist public school students who need a better education.
 
Sincerely,
Damaris Garcia
CfAL Board Chair
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Education / Primary & Elementary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
New Haven
Other
CfAL focuses its efforts on disadvantaged public school children, living in impoverished neighborhoods of New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Curtis M. Hill is the Executive Director and has led the organization since 2002, after having accepted early retirement from Hewlett Packard.
Programs
Description CfAL’s Technology Cascade & Training (TC&T) Program is designed to increase disadvantaged students’ learning outcomes by extending learning beyond the classroom. We strive to achieve this primary goal by giving and installing gently used computers in the home for schoolwork. These computers run the same software as the students use at school. Through our computer training classes, we will increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education at home by giving parents the knowledge to help their children with schoolwork. The program also helps eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adults / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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.
As stated in the January 2018 program evaluation report produced by an independent 3rd party, 93% of program participants indicated they had increased their involvement in their children's education.
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. As a result of this program, 75% of students whose parents participate in the program will show academic improvement.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Every 6 months, an independent evaluator assesses program impact and writes an evaluation report.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. As stated in the January 2018 program evaluation report produced by an independent 3rd party, 87% of program participants indicated they saw an improvement in their children's grades
Description
The Learning Math After School Can Be Fun Program is designed to improve math literacy of 3rd thru 5th grade students, living in impoverished New Haven neighborhoods, who are appreciably below math standards, as defined by New Haven Public Schools and the CT Mastery Test.
 
We achieve the program goal by motivating students to learn through a new, 30 hour, engaging computer-based process and math curriculum, with special emphasis on multiplication, division, ratios and integers.
 
There will be 2 instructors in the classroom simultaneously. One instructor is the lead and the other is an observer of student progress.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Children Only (5 - 14 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. Assessment during this 5-week summer program is measured on a weekly basis and a final at the end of week 5. The final assessment showed students math literacy had improved by 41%
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Assessment during this 5-week summer program is measured on a weekly basis and a final at the end of week 5. The assessments are performed by the instructors. The final assessment showed students math literacy had improved by 41%
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. 70% of students show improvement in their math literacy; while 80% indicate their attitude toward math had improved.
Description
Most parents understand the benefit of early education; yet, too many disadvantaged parents do not.
 
The Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” Program has been designed to increase disadvantaged parents’ awareness of the benefit of early learning, and help them engage in educating their children, ages birth to 5, so their children start kindergarten with the critical skills they'll need to learn and succeed.
 
The program combines platform instruction, along with detailed instruction and discussion about use of Libraries and engaging early learner educational websites, targeted for each specific age level from birth to 5.
 
We are pleased to let our viewers know that CfAL has formed a partnership with the new Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Learning Center to deliver training to parents who have children attending this new preK school. This program has support of the New Haven Public School district, where the DLEL workshop series has already been delivered in 12 schools.
 
 
Population Served Adults / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Females
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Every 6 months an assessment and evaluation is performed by an independent 3rd party
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. This is a brand new program that will get underway on March 20th, thus their is no data available to show success.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Dear Readers:
 
Our greater challenge is to gain the trust and financial support of many donors that will permit CfAL to sustain programs that are designed to help disadvantaged public school children to improve their education, especially those living in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Curtis Hill
Term Start July 2002
Email curtis-hill@cox.net
Experience More than 40 years of experience in information technology and more than 16 years experience leading a non-profit organization.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 18
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Karen StokesJuly 2015 - Dec 2015
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
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 Semi-Annually
Collaborations
Microsoft - donates software licenses
Electric Boat - computer donations
UTC - computer donations
AT&T - donated 500 internet licenses
CCI Logistics - donates storage space
New Haven Public Schools - recruit students and teachers for CfAL programs
Tower One - donates training space
Hamden Public Schools - recruit parents of students for CfAL program
Meriden Children First - recruit parents of students for CfAL program
Quinnipiac University - donates computers
Yale University - donates computers
First Niagara Bank - donates computers
Choate Academy - donates computers
Gateway Community College - help promote CfAL
Naugatuck Valley Community College - donates computers
Science Park Development Corporation - donates office space
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven - recruit parents of students for CfAL programs
Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven - recruit parents of students for CfAL programs
New Haven Reads - recruit parents of students for CfAL programs
University of New Haven - donates computers
Read To Grow - recruit parents of students for DLEL program
Junta for Progressive Action - recruit parents of students for DLEL program
Board Chair
Mrs. Damaris Garcia
Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Sonila BakiuPresident, S&T Deleading and Construction Company
Mr. Heriberto CorderoNew Haven Public Schools
Mr. Carl FeenFeen Financial Futures
Mr. Yasir HamedAcademic Director, School for International Training (SIT) Director, Access Consulting Inc.
Mrs. Toni HarpMayor, City of New Haven
Mr. Curtis HillConcepts for Adaptive Learning
Mr. Nick Lavorato
Mr. James MitchellComcast
Mr. Teja ShariffTeja N. Shariff, CPA
Mrs. Carole SklarVolunteer
Mr. Gary SmithMarcum LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Board Co-Chair
Mrs. Damaris Garcia
Company Affiliation Liberty Bank
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Email Damaquinta@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
One of the important needs of the organization for 2018 is getting the Board members more actively engaged in achieving the mission of the organization. This need may require replacing 4 to 5 members and finding replacements who can focus on Board governance.
 
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $156,000.00
Projected Expenses $154,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 90%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Newsletter2017View
Brochure2017View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$114,333$90,803$71,878
Current Assets$112,507$84,181$63,281
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$5,380$3,190$2,619
Total Net Assets$108,953$87,613$69,259
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHank and Nancy Bartels Trust $70,000CT Library Board $152,637CT Library Board $171,475
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $75,000Comcast Foundation $20,000NewAlliance Bank Foundation $7,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHamden Public Schools $5,750The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $14,000James Napier Foundation $5,200
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $10,000.00
Dates Mar 2020 to Dec 2021
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
The biggest challenge CfAL faces is finding sustainable and predictable financial sources of support.
 
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 5 Science Park, Suite 2C
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 410-3679
Contact Email info@eachchildlearns.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Curtis Hill
Board Chair Mrs. Damaris Garcia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Liberty Bank

 

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