Even parents learn from Community Schools team

When the staff in our Community Schools programs talk about serving “the whole child,” they aren’t just talking about improving grades. “The whole child,” as we define it, means the students and everything in their orbit, especially the parents. After seeing an increase in multilingual families in the community, including a burgeoning Brazilian population, our […]

Families learn how to create ‘education oasis’

It’s not unusual for parents to reach a point when they are simply unable to help a child with homework. Whether it’s trigonometry or chemistry or history, the parents might know little about the subjects or have forgotten everything they had learned in school. But those parents can still help, said Nick Lebron, director of […]

School program helps students meet GOALS

Sometimes, the tangible benefits of a new program take years to materialize, but that’s not the case with the GOALS program started in March by the Community Schools team at Catholic Charities. For Luis Castellano, a fourth-grader at Hartford’s Parkville Community School, the positive changes quickly happened.  Earlier this school year, Luis was missing school […]

Catholic Charities brings barbers to school

Razors buzzing. Scissors snipping. Those are new sounds inside Hartford’s McDonough Middle School thanks to a new partnership between Catholic Charities and a local barbershop. Shop McDonough opened March 27 and barbers from The Shop in Newington were busy giving free haircuts to students in a space that is part of Catholic Charities’ Community Schools […]