Children's Community School (CCS) Waterbury, CT

Children’s Community School (CCS) was established in 1969 by a group of parents and community educators who were concerned by the challenges facing Waterbury’s inner-city children. The school began as a one-room kindergarten in the basement of the Berkeley Heights Housing Project. Adding a grade at a time, it quickly grew to include grades K through 5.

In 1979, CCS was incorporated as a nonprofit and moved to its current residence in the former Sacred Heart School building at 31 Wolcott Street. In 2003, a pre-kindergarten program was added.

The school’s original mission remains its guiding principle today: to educate the mind, body, and spirit of children from urban environments. The school primarily serves children from inner-city Waterbury whose families live at or below the federal poverty level. Most are single parents and represent a cross-section of the city’s ethnic makeup.

As a consequence of its mission and audience, CCS is open for extended hours and has a strong focus on character development and parent involvement. We believe that focus and the following factors contribute to the school's on-time high school graduation rate for its graduates.

  • Class sizes are limited to no more than 16 students, allowing for individualized instruction and favorable student-teacher ratios.

  • An enormous number of volunteers dedicate THOUSANDS of hours a year tutoring and mentoring students and providing enrichment activities.
  • The Mentoring Program supports CCS graduates through middle school.

  • CCS is the site of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo Waterbury! program, which provides intensive music instruction every afternoon from 3:00 to 6:15 pm.

  • The Character Development program is an integral part of every grade every day and teaches CCS students respect and self-respect as well as how to make good choices.

  • A full-time on-site chef prepares nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) plus fruit and vegetable snacks every day. Outside food is discouraged.

  • Most children start in pre-K and stay through 5th grade.  Classmates and staff become an extended family.

  • A six-week summer program helps prevent the “summer slide” typical of urban, underserved students and keeps our students activelyengaged and academically stimulated.



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It takes $10,000 to educate a child at CCS and state or federal funding is limited to food and the Pre-K Readiness program

Total student body is just under  150 children in pre-K through grade 5 

Open almost year-round, with a full summer program after the school year

Open from 7:00 am to 6:15 pm

94% and higher on-time high school graduation rate

Founded 49 years ago

Budget: $1.2 million

Tuition: $360 / year





Proud partner of Waterbury's Bridge to Success initiative to ensure a brighter future for our city's youth.  

31 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702 (203) 575-0659 FAX: (203) 754-7825