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Children First Griswold is awarded 50K to improve outcomes for our children!

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund have just granted Children First Griswold 25K for infrastructure support-a continuation of their Discovery Initiative in which communities are supported in their development of Community Plans. We were also awarded a 25K matching grant to implement our Community Plan which we will use to fund a home-visiting program to improve K-3 chronic absenteeism.

Griswold’s Community Plan Receives Rave Reviews!

“It’s a phenomenal piece of work” and “blown away” were just some of the comments we received from Bennett Pudlin of the Charter Oak Group, the community plan expert contracted to assist communities in their plan development by the Graustein Memorial Fund. Check out plan here!

Mobile Food Pantry Helps Families Make Ends Meet!

Children First Griswold has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Pantry to coordinate a United Way/Gemma E. Moran Food Pantry  program which brings fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and more to our area from 3:30-5pm the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the parking lot behind St. Mary’s School on Main Street in Jewett City.  We are always looking for volunteers from 3:00-5:00pm to help set up and distribute the food…contact us if you’d like to help out!

To check out a short video clip of the van in action, click here.

Children First Griswold–Making Griswold a Great Place to Grow!

Children First Griswold (CFG) is a community collaborative whose members are dedicated to improving the lives of our youngest residents. Working in partnership, we have developed a comprehensive Community Plan to serve as a guiding document to achieve a result that “All Griswold’s children, from birth through age eight, are healthy, prepared and successful lifetime learners.” 

Our meetings are open to ALL and we invite you to join us to learn more. We meet the first Friday of every month from 9:30-11:30am in the Preschool wing (room 3103) of Griswold High School.  Childcare is available. To attend, or for more information, contact us.

Why We Do What We Do?

“Learning starts in infancy, long before formal education begins, and continues throughout life. Early learning begets later learning and early success breeds later success, just as early failure breeds later failure.” (James J. Heckman)