For Students

Elm City WebMasters

This program, designed and lead by Dr. Greg McVerry from SCSU’s School of Education, enriches the education of students by teaching a variety of topics related to technology and academic subjects.

Geared to students ages 13 and older, this program teaches website development, videoediting, podcasting and study skills.  The program meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at the Literacy Resource Center (5 Science Park, Suite 2C) from 3:30 pm to 5:00pm.

To register, email or call 203.691.1078.

Summer Programming

CfAL’s summer program is designed to improve the math literacy of under performing students who need intervention in improving their math knowledge and skills.

For Adults and Caregivers 

Technology & Computer Training Program

The Technology & Computer Training Program provides basic introdcution to computers.  The entire program lasts 10.5 hours.  Participants who attend the entire training program will receive a FREE refurbished computer.

Components of the program include:

  • Acquiring gently used working computers from Connecticut companies and universities
  • Installing computers in homes of underserved parents who complete 10.5 hours of computer training
  • Creating a resume in Word, household budget in Excel, presentations in Powerpoint applying for jobs online and creating a “Tech-Safe” home
  • Providing one-year of technical support
  • Providing a translator for parents who do not speak English

To be elgible, you MUST be a New Haven Resident OR have children attending New Haven Public Schools.

More Information about the program:

Can you imagine life without a computer to do school work?  Can you imagine not having a computer in your home to complete a resume and apply for jobs?  Low-income households, who do not have access to a computer at home, are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult to compete and succeed in school and in life!

According to a recent report from Data Haven, 31% of New Haven families live at or below the poverty line.  When factoring in that 15% of New Haven adults (25 years and older) lack a high school diploma, it becomes more challenging for these individuals to find employment opportunities – and affording a computer is even more unattainable.  CfAL’s TCT program provides basic computer training, along with a donated computer, to expand opportunities for New Haven adults.  In fact, 65% of the adults who complete CfAL’s TCT program – and receive a computer – continue online learning and skill building at home.

The TCT program has a proven track record of success. Last year, we found that 45% of the adults who completed CfAL’s computer training program have found a job. In fact, one individual recently received a promotion to create the company’s marketing materials after learning how to use Word in CfAL’s Technology & Computer Training program!

Concepts for Adaptive Learning‘s Technology & Computer Training Program provides computer training, and a FREE gently used computer and technical support to households living in Hamden, Meriden and New Haven. The goals of the program are:

  • to expand learning to the home,
  • increase parental involvement in children’s education,
  • support workforce development for adults to find or strengthen employment, and,
  • ultimately, eliminate the technology gap that exists for low-income households families.

Computer and digital literacy has become perhaps the most important skill for adults and children alike. A working knowledge of computers is the key to accessing advanced educational opportunities and higher paying jobs.


Digital Literacy

According to the National Center for Academic Statistics, Connecticut has the largest achievement gaps in the country. Across all subjects and grades, low-income students consistently perform nearly three grade levels behind their non-low income peers. Moreover, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy reports that 2 in 5 adults in Greater New Haven have only basic or below basic prose literacy skills.  Concept for Adaptive Learning’s (CfAL) Digital Literacy program is a whole-family approach to increase digital literacy in New Haven, teaching families how to expand learning online together.

CfAL’s Digital Literacy program helps close the achievement gap by providing families with access to online learning applications, helping families build strong educational foundations with the goal of helping low-income families support their children’s academic success.  Through CfAL’s program, each family receives a tablet with free internet access for up to 10 months.  Each tablet is pre-loaded with over 20 educational applications for Pre-K through Middle School.

The goal of the Digital Literacy program is to increase children’s academic success, while also increasing caregivers’ engagement in their child(ren)’s education.  This is achieved by increasing caregivers’ awareness of how to appropriately use technology to expand learning opportunities – while equally acknowledging best practices to teach children how to use – or not use – technology to interact with the world around them.  For this reason, each workshop culminates with each family creating a “Tech Family Agreement”.

Intereseted in registering for upcoming programs?  Call 888-351-7667 to learn more.  All programs are FREE to participants.