Community Schools

Catholic Charities, in concert with Hartford Public Schools, provides programs and services to children enrolled at Milner Middle School and McDonough Middle School, while also providing support to their families.

What is a Community School?

Built around a strong instructional core, Hartford Community Schools are both a set of partnerships and places where services, supports, and opportunities lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. Our work in Community Schools focus on the whole child and family by providing resources to support academic, health, and social development. Services include extended-day programming, summer programming, and trauma-informed student/family support services.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Community Schools staff members have adapted in collaboration with school leadership, including the distribution of food and technology resources to families. We have worked hard to make programming accessible to children who are learning remotely.

Our goal is to build on the strengths of communities that have been historically underserved. Our afterschool program also serves as an attendance incentive. We provide a safe environment for students to learn and to have fun, at no cost to parents.

The CHILL Spot

Our after-school program is CHILL. (C = Caring and Creativity. H = Healthy Habits and Humanity. I = Ideas and Innovation. LL = Love of Learning.) Opportunities for students include literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), positive youth development, physical activity, and creative arts.

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College and Career Readiness

Our staff takes a holistic approach to teaching students about post-middle school options. We work with students to complete Student Success Plans, provide career exploration exercises, and facilitate college campus tours. We also assist eighth grade families with the high school application process. Understanding the benefit of gender-responsive mentorship opportunities, we have established partnerships with Calling All Brothers and the Empower Our Girls Network.

Parent Support Services

A healthy home environment is essential for a healthy academic environment. In keeping with our commitment to serving the whole child, Catholic Charities coordinates educational and personal development workshops for parents and caretakers, including positive parenting, GED programs, leadership, and more. Catholic Charities also works to assist parents and caretakers with the provision of basic needs, school uniforms, and toiletries by linking them with other agency and community resources.

Clinical Services

Catholic Charities clinicians are passionate about bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic experience. We help students and families to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen interpersonal relationships through a range of modalities, including Relational Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and other approaches to the treatment of trauma.