Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL), on behalf of the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, worked to increase the quality of life and learning outcomes of low-income public school students and their parents, living in impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, by delivering the Tech-4-ALL-CT (T4a) project.
We are delighted to announce that over the past 8 years the CfAL organization has trained and given gently-used computers to 2,047 low-income Connecticut families. Using a census number of 2.19 students per household, the T4a project has provided a working computer and installed it in the home of nearly 4,500 students. Clearly, these computers have extended learning beyond the classroom, and have helped make these students and their parents more competitive in school and in life. Below is the number of project participants per city.
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Project’s impact? The September 2016 evaluation report, from an independent 3rd party evaluator showed that:
- 75% percent of the parents indicated that they had increased their involvement with their children’s educational activities.
- 73% percent of the parents/guardians indicated that their children“often” or “frequently” used the computer to complete their schoolwork.
- 93% of parents agreed or strongly agreed that their children’s learning motivation had been enhanced.
- 90% percent indicated that their children’s grades were better.
Although, the project had continuously proved to have a positive impact on learning, the State eliminated funding and overlooked its positive impact. This project ended on December 31, 2016.
CfAL is now seeking financial support to sustain the parent computer program in New Haven only.