Western Greenwich agency on front line in fight to close achievement gap
By Jo Kroeker Updated 8:33 am EST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018
GREENWICH — Even when her mom has a day off, third-grader Chantelle Rodriguez wants to go to the Byram Archibald Community Center, the town’s after-school program in western Greenwich.
“It’s important,” said her father, Carlos Rodriguez, through a translator.
The Rodriguez family is one of 68 families relying on BANC, a low-cost agency in walking distance from New Lebanon School, where most of the kids are enrolled. The program allows Chantelle to socialize with other kids and receive homework help, while allowing her parents to work until 5 p.m.
The town of Greenwich has spent the better part of this year mapping community services, including BANC, that can help close the achievement gap between children from low-income and high-income areas. Members of the initiative are reviewing where children receive support, and where they still fall through the cracks.
Read the rest of the story at Greenwich Time.