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Youth Sought for Summer Youth Employment and Training Program May…


EASTCONN’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible eastern Connecticut youth, 14 to 24 years old, is currently accepting applications. The program is the result of a partnership between EASTCONN, New London Youth…

EASTCONN’s Kristin Hempel Elected to National COABE Council


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Kristin Hempel, the agency’s associate director of Adult and Community Programs, has been elected to represent nine Northeastern states on the national Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) council. EASTCONN was recently notified that Hempel…

Youth Sought for Summer Youth Employment and Training Program


EASTCONN’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP), a short-term summer work experience for eligible eastern Connecticut youth, 14 to 24 years old, is now accepting applications. The program is the result of a partnership between EASTCONN, New London Youth…

NASCAR Driver Ted Christopher Featured in ACT Student Film


In late February, EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school held a special assembly to recognize the recent video work of student Mark DiMauro, of Lebanon. The ACT senior wrote and produced “The King 13,”a documentary about…

Infant/Toddler Conference Focuses on Building Family Partnerships to Support…


In early March, before schools and businesses closed down, more than 120 early-childhood providers and educators from across Connecticut attended EASTCONN’s 7th Annual Infant/Toddler Conference, to learn more about “Connecting with Families: Building Partnerships to Support Children’s Learning.” Led by a…

A Message From EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala


  As our region, state and nation face the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 virus has created, EASTCONN has joined its generous neighbors in responding as responsibly and as quickly as possible to support our region’s students, staff and families.  Closing our…

EASTCONN’s Coronavirus Response: Highlights, as Our Work Continues…


  EASTCONN staff is working hard to respond effectively to the region’s pandemic-related challenges. Teaching, learning and collaborating from home has become part of daily life as we continue to support the students, families and educators that we serve. Below is…

EASTCONN Food Services Distributes Thousands of Meals to Students, Families


In response to well-founded concerns that pandemic-related school closings in northeastern Connecticut would leave hundreds of students and families without adequate breakfasts and lunches each day, EASTCONN Food Services quickly shifted away from its brick-and-mortar school lunch programs, and focused…

EASTCONN Contacts & Program Updates


EASTCONN Adult & Community Programs All classes and programs are either canceled or have moved to an online delivery method through 3/31/20. For updates, go to Adult and Community Programs and for questions, contact Associate Director Kristin Hempel at khempel@eastconn.org. EASTCONN American…

EASTCONN Student Food Service Updates


EASTCONN Food Service is providing meals to children 18 and under while schools and programs are closed, in our best efforts to accommodate our communities during this unprecedented time. Parents or guardians of students enrolled in Sterling Community School, Pomfret…

EASTCONN Marks 40th Anniversary in 2020


EASTCONN is proud to announce that 2020 marks its 40th year of serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities.  Established by state statute under the leadership of its first Executive Director, David Calchera, EASTCONN was formed to create…

Amy Margelony Named K-12 Pupil Services Director


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Amy Margelony has been chosen to lead EASTCONN’s K-12 Pupil Services group as its new director. Margelony assumed her new role on January 1. She had served as interim director since the departure of…

EASTCONN Wins 7 CABE Awards in School Communications Contest


EASTCONN has won seven awards in the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s Bonnie B. Carney Awards of Excellence in Education Communications contest. EASTCONN earned first-place awards for its School-Year Calendar 2019-2020; the 2018-2019 Annual Board Update; the 2019-2020 Parent/Student…

New Website to Help School Teams Address Chronic Absenteeism


EASTCONN’s Psychological and Behavioral Consultation division has created an innovative new website, Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to Improve Student Attendance.   The site, supported by the RESC Alliance and developed in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidelines, provides schools with…

EASTCONN High Schools are Recruiting Now for 2020-2021


ACT - EASTCONN’s Willimantic-based Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school offers a demanding, arts-integrated and standards-based curriculum with majors in acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production. ACT is designed for independent, capable…

EASTCONN Welcomes New STEM Specialist, Kelly Francis


Kelly Francis has joined EASTCONN’s Leading and Learning division as a STEM Specialist. Francis comes to EASTCONN from Windham Public Schools, where she served as a school-based and district math coach for three years.  At EASTCONN, Francis will provide district support…

New Health Insurance Collaborative Launches to Serve Small Districts …


Northeastern Connecticut has a new employee health insurance collaborative, established to help smaller school districts and municipalities control their rising insurance costs.  The Connecticut Collaborative Health Insurance Program (CT-CHIP) officially launched in July 2019 with nine members, representing 782 employees and…

EASTCONN’s Related Services & Lending Library Move to Hampton


EASTCONN’s Related Services group, which includes assistive technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals, has moved its home base to EASTCONN’s Conference Center and Administrative Offices at 376 Hartford Turnpike (Route 6), Hampton.  Until October, the Related Services group…

Willimantic Artist Ben Keller Paints Vibrant Façade at The LEAP…


Last spring, after noticing a colorful, new, abstract mural that had been painted over the Willimantic Public Library’s main door, EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala asked for the artist’s name.  When he discovered that the artist, Ben Keller, was…

David C. Howes to Lead EASTCONN’s LEAP School


This summer, The LEAP School’s new Principal, David C. Howes,  eagerly began preparing for the regional alternative high school’s debut on August 28th. On opening day, in the midst of LEAP’s refurbished, updated interiors, Howes stood, side by side, with…