Colchester - posted Feb, 22 2013
COLCHESTER- The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3) has announced grant support for enhancing and implementing its community plan for early childhood literacy programming. Discovery grants are funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and the Connecticut State Department of Education. This grant will help to ensure all children in Colchester, regardless of race and income level, are ready for school by age five, prepared to be successful learners by age nine. Through the generous support of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, C3 will be able to continue providing and creating opportunities that would not otherwise exist for the citizens of Colchester. The Collaborative will be holding a “March to Wellness Challenge” to create health and wellness for the whole family throughout the month of March. There will be a series of events including; Affordable Cooking on the Go, an Eat This, Not That grocery store tour, Get Movin’ to explore different youth and adult fitness activities, and a Spring to Wellness session, so that families can create a plan for change and learn how to sustain a healthy vision for their family. The goal of Discovery programs, such as C3, is to create an early childhood system that ensures optimal healthy development leading to early learning success for Connecticut children of all races and income levels. Discovery supports communities in establishing collaborative structures in which parents are full partners. Each community creates and implements its own community plan. Advocates and other stakeholders work to improve policy and practice at the local and state levels. The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3), launched in 2005, serves as a local resource for children from birth to age eight and their families. C3 seeks to engage parents in their child’s early childhood education – birth through age eight – and in taking leadership roles within the community on behalf of all children. Since launching, C3 has hosted a wide-range of community programs, including a Family Fun Day Health and Wellness Fair and a Celebrating Families Event.