Our Approach to Narrow the Achievement Gap in Greenwich: 

Achievement gaps occur when one group of students (e.g., students grouped by race/ethnicity, gender) outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant (i.e., larger than the margin of error).

(source: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/gaps/)

Greenwich United Way launched the Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program in May 2018, with local impact partners Family Centers, YMCA of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools. This research-based approach to narrow the achievement gap focuses on two core components:

Greenwich United Way launched the Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program in May 2018, with local impact partners Family Centers, YMCA of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools. This research-based approach to narrow the achievement gap focuses on two core components:

  • Home visitation (Ages birth – 3) – With our impact partner Family Centers the Greenwich Parents as Teachers (GPAT) utilizes an evidence-based home visitation model, Parents as Teachers (PAT), which serves low-income Greenwich families and their children, ages prenatal to 3. We currently have served 38 Greenwich families since we started enrolling families in July 2018.

See the impact of the program has had on the life of a GPAT family (VIDEO).

  • Intensive Instructional Coaching (Ages 3- 5)– The pre-school instructional coach utilizes the Jim Knight coaching model, with support from an early childhood consultant, for the Family Centers and YMCA pre-schools, which serve a large percentage of low-income families with children between the ages of 3-5. We serve ~200 pre-school students annually, in this part of the program, which started in September 2018.

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Our Partners:

Recognizing that the critical work of narrowing the achievement gap could not happen in isolation, Greenwich United Way launched the Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions program with local impact partners Family Centers, YMCA of Greenwich, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Building One Community, Department of Human Services, Department of Health and Greenwich Public Schools (GPS).