Educational Equality a Business Necessity

Educational Equality a Business Necessity

We have much to be proud of in Fairfield County, and while we are thankfully past the worst of the pandemic, many who call our region home will continue to face the economic and social inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19.

In business, we have an opportunity to support our local economic recovery while addressing the educational disparities that affect far too many children and families in our county.

More than ever, supporting education is critical to promoting equality and opportunity for all. It is unacceptable that deep-seated educational divides sharply divide Fairfield County’s students along racial, ethnic and economic lines.

For example, a child born in Bridgeport does not have the same quality of education and opportunities to succeed and thrive as a child born in Stratford and Trumbull.

There are strong arguments for our business community to close that gap.

By investing in quality programs that support classroom learning, assist students with academic transitions, and provide access to the nutrition needed to focus and learn, we are investing in our collective future. Our workforce will be larger and more skilled, and our communities will thrive.

This simple idea inspired a group of forward-thinking Fairfield County companies to join forces to invest in our community’s economic future. We partnered with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to establish Fairfield County Business Collaborative for Education Equity.

Each company in the partnership — Bank of America, First County Bank, Lapine Associates, Pitney Bowes, Synchrony Financial, The Tudor Foundation, Inc., Xerox, Gallatin Point Capital, The Ashforth Company, and Henkel Corporation — has committed to investing resources to address the most pressing needs of our community’s most vulnerable pre-K through 12th grade students, parents and guardians.

To date, the partnership has awarded $400,000 to Fairfield County nonprofits focused on improving preschool and college preparation, helping students prevent summer learning loss, and addressing youth food security. and young adults.

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