New partnership with the Children’s Aid Society brings City Connects to New York City

Children's Aid SocietyWe are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Children’s Aid Society of New York City to pilot the delivery of optimized student support to the C. S. 61 Francisco Oller elementary school, a community school in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx, beginning in January 2014.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Children’s Aid Society, an organization that has such deep experience serving the children and families of New York City,” says Mary E. Walsh, Ph.D., Executive Director of City Connects and the Kearns Professor at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. “Research shows that factors outside of school like hunger, homelessness, or a lack of access to enrichment activities are responsible for two-thirds of the achievement gap, and these factors are especially persistent and challenging for students living in poverty. Our collaboration will allow us to address these factors and help Morrisania students come to school ready to learn and thrive.”

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