Children's Community School (CCS) Waterbury, Connecticut

Heads up!

You are invited to join us in the nationwide GiveLocal campaign scheduled for 24 hours starting noon, Tuesday, May 6. Children’s Community School needs to raise at least $30,000 to fund summer school for our kids. Please help! We need you! 

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Inner-city children spend their summers trying to find fun on asphalt. They don’t read many books. They don’t visit museums. They don’t have the kind of learning opportunities available to their more affluent peers. As a result, when September rolls around, they’ve often forgotten a lot of what they learned in school. . . . Unless, of course, they enroll  in the Summer Bridges program of Children’s Community School. 

Over 10 weeks, some 100 inner-city children in grades 1 through 5 spend July and August staying on top of their academics in the morning and enjoying the great outdoors in the afternoon. Inner-city families cannot afford the cost of running this program, which is why we need your help. Your online gift of as little as $10 may make an important difference to an underserved child. Please help these children get through summer school! 


We at Children's Community School are proud of the fact that 92% of our 5th-grade graduates historically go on to complete high school on time. What really makes us stand up and glow is news such as we just received:

The following CCS students attained HONORS for the second marking period:

WAMS: grade 8: 2nd honors: Shannon Byrd
WAMS: grade 6: 1st honors: Monique McKenzie and 
Najla Braddock

SHHS: senior: 1st honors: Mariah Mitchell
SHHS: sophomore: 1st honors: Ginelle Morris

St. Mary's: special award: Javier Soto, grade 6

Sts. Peter & Paul: grade 6: 2nd honors: William Bryant, Jr.

Waterbury Career Academy: highest honors: freshman Makenzie Counts

The Children's Community School Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014,
at La Bella Vista of the Pontelandolfo Club in Waterbury.

Almost 340 guests attended, including teachers, staff, volunteers, community members, and dignitaries, such as Waterbury's Mayor Neil O'Leary; State Senators Beth Bye, Andres Ayala, Joe Crisco, Joan Hartley, and Joe Markley

We were thrilled that the Connecticut Community Foundation had awarded us a $1,000 Challenge Grant! The audience responded enthusiastically and appropriately, thanks in part to the wonderfully productive presence of Pete & Chris Amusements.


State Representative Selim Noujaim served as our Master of Ceremonies and is shown here with Senator Beth Bye and CCS students Kayleigh and Alexus.

The evening was kicked off by the grand entrance of the Mattatuck Drum Band leading some 40 enthralled CCS students through the crowd and into the dining room. "I loved the faces on the kids as we entered the building!," said Dan Griffin, band president. "They've never heard anything like us before!"

Some 30 CCS students of Bravo Waterbury! performed an assortment of musical presentations seen and heard clearly thanks to the stage, lighting, and sound support of PowerStation Events. Then it was time for guests to dig into the always delicious dinner at La Bella Vista and to finish bidding on over 100 items organized by fabulous co-chairs Rosemary Tessier and Marie Carroll and managed by incredibly capable students from Cheshire and Sacred Heart High Schools.

Bravo Waterbury!'s Program Director, Calida Jones, was awarded the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award. Calida was presented by national recording artist Marty Q, who talked about the importance of music in his life since a child.

Steve Castaldi of MacDermid Incorporated received the Corporate Award and was presented by Mariah Fortunato, CCS alumnus and currently a sophomore at Westover School in Middlebury.

Danny Lyons, Operations Manager for Cumulus' Bridgeport radio stations WEBE and WICC, presented Sue Mellitt with the President's Award for Volunteerism. Sue and Kathy Picard served as co-chairs of the event and did a FABULOUS job.

The Waterbury YMCA and Jim O'Rourke, Executive Director were awarded the Attorney Robert E. Mellon Service Award. This award was presented by Ms. Kishana's CCS Dancers, whose performance received a standing ovation.

Larry Hoffler, Jr. - CCS class of 2001 and graduate of Central Connecticut State University - was awarded the CCS Alumni Hall of Fame Award. Larry was presented by Vernon L. Riddick, Jr., Waterbury's Chief of Police. whose gift for public speaking was abundantly evident.

Mary Ellen Spina of Ion Bank acknowledged the importance of volunteers, whether they be mentors, tutors, Challenge Group participants, or members of the building maintenance team. 

Finally, our own 5th grader Anjevie gave a superlative presentation acknowledging the importance of CCS teachers in her past, present, and future life. Thanks to the generous gift of Ginny O'Rourke of O'Rourke & Birch Florists, every teacher at the dinner received a beautiful bouquet of flowers presented to them by their students.

The evening was over in time for everyone to get home to watch the UConn women's game - yet another success story!



He is a self-proclaimed "idea man" and is known to offer great suggestions on how to make life at Children's Community School as wonderful as possible. He willingly does anything asked to make our events successful. He can also be seen chaperoning Bravo Waterbury! performances. We are very luck to have him and his family in our community 

Want to enroll your child in kindergarten? Click here for an application!

Mark your calendar! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 

5K Road Race benefiting CCS and organized by the Waterbury YMCA as part of that day's duathlon!

Register here

Information here

Thank you to our sponsors:

Bank of America
Senich Law Firm
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Picard
Nancy Vendetti
Yale/New Haven Hospital

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Benfer
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Borkowski
Carpin Manufacturing
Lakeside Women's Health
State Representative Selim Noujaim
Atty. Dominick Thomas

Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep
Gayle Martino
Savings Bank of Danbury
Thomaston Savings Bank
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey
Mr. & Mrs. Don Ciampi
Diane Creed
Maureen Pennington
Rollins Printing
Mikraft Jewelers

Would you like to support a CCS student?

CCS families are some of the neediest in Waterbury. We invite you to help them by supporting their children - our students.

Please visit our page How to support CCS for various ways to support through donations of money, goods, or services. See our page How to Volunteer for ways to give of your time.

Thank you, on behalf of the entire student body.

You do NOT need a Paypal account to donate to CCS. To use a credit card, enter your donation amount and then click on "Continue" in the bottom left of the page.

Your receipt will LOOK as though it's coming from Paypal even though the donation is made through a credit card. Not to worry. Paypal is simply processing your credit card transaction. 

Children’s Community School (CCS) provides an educational alternative for low-income families living in the Waterbury area. Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, it has been providing a unique, high-quality, private education for 44 years. The educational model and the support of hundreds of volunteers results in a 92% on-time high school graduation rate of our children.

With a budget of $1.2 million and tuition set at $360 a year for most families, CCS depends on the generosity of others to cover 96% of its expenses. Your participation is appreciated.


Children’s Community School educates the mind, body, and spirit of Waterbury’s
inner-city children and encourages strong parental involvement to insure the success of each child.

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CCS follows the late/closed schedule of the Waterbury Public School system. If Waterbury schools are late or closed, CCS is late or closed.

Information on Waterbury's Public Schools can be found on Channel 3 or under "weather" and then "closings and delays."

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31 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
(203) 575-0659, extension 212

FAX: (203) 754-7825