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October 8, 2013 > New Haven Unified Board of Education update

New Haven Unified Board of Education update

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education, on October 1, received a presentation outlining the work of the Union City KidsÕ Zone, a partnership between the District and more than a dozen other local agencies, designed to provide cradle-to career services for the DistrictÕs most vulnerable students and their families.

KidsÕ Zone Executive Director Nancy George announced that the KidsÕ Zone has just received a $25,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation ( Since July 2012, when the KidsÕ Zone launched learning centers at Emanuele and Searles elementary schools and Cesar Chavez Middle School, more than 350 at-risk students have received additional academic time and support, as well as enrichment activities.

Using part of $400,000 in funding from the federal Race to the Top grant that the District won last year, the KidsÕ Zone is providing increased parent education and early childhood services for Spanish-speaking families and launching Academic Parent Teacher Teams, starting at Emanuele and Searles. In August, more than 60 teachers were trained in the parent-engagement program developed by the educational research organization West Ed.

In addition to the RTTT funds and the 21st Century Community Learning Center and San Francisco Foundation grants, the KidsÕ Zone has received $150,000 from the Cowell Foundation and $125,000 from an Alameda County Measure A, Youth and Family Opportunity grant.

Also on Tuesday night, the Board:

Accepted a petition calling for the creation of a charter school named Dashmesh Academy. A public hearing on the application is scheduled for the BoardÕs next meeting, Oct. 15.

Approved a contract with Illuminate Education Inc., of Irvine to provide a data and assessment management system, as called for in the DistrictÕs federal Race to the Top grant.

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