Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.
Shout Outs this week go to organizations and individuals who are working hard to provide Norwalk children and their families the best possible opportunities.
Shout Out to Room to Grow Too, for receiving the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation. NAEYC Accreditation provides a reputable indicator of a program’s quality and ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children’s success. Room to Grow Too is a member of Norwalk ACTS’ Prenatal to Eight-Year-Old Workgroup which focuses on four work strategies for this age continuum; Language and Literacy, Professional Development, Childhood Health and Wellness and Home Visitation. Under the Language and Literacy Workgroup, pre-K providers such as Room to Grow Too play an integral role in preparing Norwalk children to enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
Shout Out to Nathan Hale Middle School Principal Albert Sackey and Science Teacher Eva Bartush for supporting outside of the box learning by taking nearly 200 students to a special screening of the critically-acclaimed film “Hidden Figures.” The film focuses on African-American, female mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan who played an integral part in NASA’s space-race successes — but whose collective contribution was largely left out of the history books. School administrators hope this true story will encourage young women ― particularly women of color ― to pursue STEM careers.
Shout Out to the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) for expanding the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Norwalk. Working in conjunction with IRS-trained volunteers, VITA is offering families who had an income of $54,000 or less in 2016 the opportunity to qualify for free tax preparation services. CAHS also offers educational programs that help build long-lasting financial stability. Norwalk residents can call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way’s free information hotline to learn more.