Why Bridgeport?

why-bridgeport The largest and the lowest-performing district in Connecticut

  • 40% of Bridgeport children are living in poverty
  • Children in Bridgeport typically enter Kindergarten a full year and a half behind in language skills
  • By 3rd grade, less than 30% of Bridgeport’s students are on track academically
  • 86% of Bridgeport’s 4th graders cannot read proficiently and 74% lack basic math skills
  • In a typical 9th grade class in Bridgeport, only 56% will graduate, only 18% will go to college and only 3% will complete college
  • A child’s ability to learn can increase an estimated 25% or more in a stimulating environment

“Something is profoundly wrong when we can point to 2-year-olds in this country and make a plausible bet about their long-term outcomes — not based on their brains and capabilities, but on their ZIP codes.”
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF