Westbrook Children’ Project
The Westbrook Children’s Project is a partnership of schools, parents, businesses, community organizations, and residents. We are united around supporting our kids as they enter and go through school—making sure they stay on track and have the support they need to graduate from high school and reach their full potential. Through strong academic foundations, mentoring, after-school and summer programming, we are preparing our kids for success beyond high school, to compete in the workforce, and to lead our community into the future.
We envision a community that is prepared for a prosperous future by supporting all young people in Westbrook, from cradle to career.
Complex Issues Require Strategic Investments
Increasing academic achievement for all children requires long-term commitment from the entire community. By coming together collectively, we will create positive change. The Westbrook Children’s Project “cradle to career” goal is to increase graduation rates for Westbrook students.
WCP works to ensure:
- Every child is prepared for school
- Every child succeeds academically
- Every child feels safe and supported in the community
- Every child is healthy
- Every child is prepared for a career
Partners in Action
WCP continues to build on strong partnerships across our schools and community to align and maximize our resources; we review and analyze data to track our progress which allows for continuous improvement process. WCP 2014-15 efforts include:
- Early childhood care and education partners working together to raise awareness of the importance of kindergarten readiness skills and provide early intervention as needed. Literacy kits, books, and school supplies were distributed to parents and 250 incoming kindergarteners to help with a smooth start into school.
- Through United Way of Greater Portland’s Workplace Volunteer Council and as individual organizations, 213 volunteers provided 479 hours to help children succeed in the three Westbrook elementary schools. These dedicated volunteers assisted in supporting student academic achievement across the district by reading to students, collecting and distributing books, creating snack bags, and literacy kits.
- Westbrook READS is a community outreach endeavor to raise awareness of the importance of reading throughout the year, in school and over school breaks. Westbrook READS sponsors student reading challenges throughout the year and students are recognized for their efforts.
- Westbrook School Department has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant for 9th grade out-of-school programming. Studies show that 9th grade is a key academic transition time. WCP partners will engage with Westbrook’s Middle and High Schools to focus this 21st CCLC award by creating summer bridge and after school opportunities providing targeted academic, social and emotional interventions for 9th grade students.
Thanks to our Partners
21st Century Community Learning Center
Acadia Insurance Company
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Maine
Child Development Services—Reach
City of Westbrook
Community Partnership for Protecting Children
Feels Like Home Childcare Center
Husson University Southern Maine
Intercultural Community Center
Maine College Circle
My Place Teen Center
Northeast Hearing and Speech
The Opportunity Alliance
University of Southern Maine
Walker Memorial Library
Westbrook Community Center
Westbrook Housing Authority
Westbrook School Department
Woodfords Family Services