Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

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Danbury’s Working Cities Challenge Needs Your Help

By Anne Mead

The Working Cities Challenge is a competition designed to lead teams within smaller cities to collaborate to solve economic growth issues impacting the lives of low-income residents and all families. Danbury’s design team consists of the Mayor’s office, Danbury Public Schools, the Community Action Agency of Western CT, City Center Danbury, NVCC, WCSU, Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Danbury Youth Services, United Way and a large group of individuals that represent the community. The goal of the Working Cities Challenge is to make living in Danbury better for everyone, including job creation, earning a living wage and other attributes that contribute to strong families and a successful city.

The design team is working to determine the needs of the community. We are listening to those who live in Danbury but we want to reach more people. We need your help in two ways. First, we want to increase the diversity of the design team by adding members that represent those who live in Danbury. We meet once every other week during the design phase, which will result in a proposal being sent to Boston Fed Bank, who is leading the funders. We want our meetings to represent those whom the funding will serve. If you are thinking about a job change but need higher skills to earn more money or are hindered by not knowing English or the lack of high quality child care, we want you to join our team.

Second, the design team has developed a survey that asks questions about what residents need in order to live better while providing for their families. The survey can be taken online in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkingCitiesEnglish or in Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkingCitiesSpanish.

Community Conversations will be held at various locations around the city during July. The Danbury Family Learning Center will host one on July 17 at Park Ave School at 10:00 am and another on July 28 at 10:00 am at Kenosia Park. Children are welcome to attend with their parents. The Community Action Agency of Danbury will be offering an evening event. Call them at 203-744-4700 for more details.

Funding for the Working Cities Challenge will only be successful if we have you on the design team. We want to hear from you to develop a shared vision for the project that can make changes and improve economic outcomes for city residents. For more information, feel free to call me at 203-797-4734 to explain the project or to take the survey at the FACE Center at 49 Osborne Street.

In the meantime, have you registered your child for kindergarten? Registration takes place at the FACE Center, 49 Osborne Street, Danbury, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am -3:30. Evenings and Saturdays are listed on the Danbury Public Schools website or at https://sites.google.com/a/danbury.k12.ct.us/schoolregistration/.

All children who register for any grade by August 23 will be able to start the first day of school on Tuesday September 5, 2017. I hope you are all enjoying summer!

 

Anne E. Mead, M. Ed., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or meadan@danbury.k12.ct.us

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July 20, 2017

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