Social and Emotional Learning Kickoff October 22, 2015
Over a hundred community members attended BCAC’s Oct. 22nd Social and Emotional Learning Kickoff and truly embraced SEL and the RULER Approach. Attendees received an overview of our Suspension Report: “Lost Class Time: Redefining School Discipline and Improving School Climate” and enjoyed participating in thought-provoking activities and discussions regarding RULER. Parents, educators, law enforcement, and community members departed feeling enthusiastic for what is to come, and many were curious about future trainings that they can get involved in. Unlike other initiatives launched in the schools, Bridgeport’s implementation of RULER is not limited to schools. Instead, RULER is a community-wide and therefore more sustainable initiative. Among those present at our SEL Kickoff were Interim Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz, Senator Gayle Slossberg, Chair of the Education Committee, Lt. Paul Grech, and Joseph Gaudett, Bridgeport Chief of Police.
CT Health Foundation & BCAC “El Show de Analeh”
Mory Hernandez and Lazaro Corro were interviewed by Ana Alfaro from “El Show de Analeh” on Univision (ch.18) seen in New Haven, CT, and Springfield, MA.
Mory spoke about helping families apply for health insurance as well as other basic needs programs. And, Lazaro spoke about the importance of having health insurance and the importance of accessing your primary care physician versus the Emergency room. Open enrollment begins November 1st, 2015 through January 31st, 2016……
"The Freedom Riders"
January 21, 2015 in Bridgeport, CT
Over 300 people had the opportunity to attend an epic, watershed event and witness a time in history from the “The Freedom Riders”. It was an honor and a privilege to hear the personal experiences of Joan Browning, Dion Diamond and Rev. Reginald Green.
Grassroots Grantmakers On The Ground in Cleveland with PT Partners
September 15-18, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Director of Policy and Research Robin Lamott Sparks joined colleagues from PT Partners to learn from grassroots community leaders and colleagues from across the country. PT Resident Leaders Shaquanna Shaw and Nejire Abney led a session on Resident Leadership.
BCAC hosts U.S. Senator
May 16, 2014 at Care Around the Clock
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy asked BCAC to plan a press event for him to highlight his support for the Strong Start for America’s Children legislation. We invited member organizations Hall Neighborhood House and BAYC to join us as we talked about early childhood education in Bridgeport.
29th Annual BCAC Breakfast
May 6, 2014 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn
Over 200 people joined BCAC and were inspired by the vision of keynote speaker Michel Nischan of Wholesome Wave. His work bringing healthy food to under-served communities and advocating for the Food and Vegetable Prescription Program make a real difference in lives of urban residents.
Radio Interview on WICC
April 15, 2014 Robin Lamott Sparks on the State of the Child Report
January 7, 2014 at Housatonic Community College
On the coldest night of the winter, over 100 people attended a BCAC hosted forum regarding school climate. Experts from UConn, Yale, and the community talked about best practices and programs that have been proven to improve schools.
13th Annual Children’s Issues Dialogue
November 19, 2013 at Mount Aery Baptist Church
Eager to hear about the Project Longevity program, residents from Bridgeport and surrounding communities joined BCAC at our annual Children’s Issues Dialogue. After listening to a presentation from Bridgeport Program Manager Charles Grady, attendees then participated in spirited discussions about violence and safety in our community.
Seizing the ACA Opportunity: Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
October 10, 2013 Connecticut Health Foundation
Mary Pat Healy