What We Do

Community Schools

Certain Hartford public schools have been designated as Community Schools and as such offer a range of academic support and enrichment services to students and their families. For each community school, a nonprofit agency is responsible for coordinating the services and supports that students need to be successful in school, while also supporting the development of healthy families and communities. At community schools, students and families are invited to make use of the school – after school and throughout the summer – as a resource for learning, recreation and building neighborhood connections.

The Village is the lead nonprofit agency at Alfred E. Burr Elementary School, with dedicated space and staff. In partnership with parents and the Hartford Public School district, we provide an array of services, which can include:

  • Health – Medical, dental and vision screening services as well as sports and recreational activities are provided.
  • Mental Health – The Village’s Enhanced Care Clinic provides high-quality on-site treatment for children and families with psychiatric, behavioral, and emotional challenges by a full-time clinician, including case management, crisis intervention and specialized referrals.
  • Youth Development/Out-of-School Time – Safe school buildings are open for extended days and hours, providing youth development and leadership programming, academic enrichment, homework help, tutoring, recreational, cultural and summer school programs.
  • Life-Long Learning – Adult education opportunities include English as a Second Language, GED courses, financial literacy and technology classes.
  • Parent Enrichment/Engagement – Schools involve parents in meaningful ways through family dinners/PTO meetings, effective communication, parenting workshops, cultural events and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Community Engagement – Effective partnerships with private businesses and civic organizations promote the development of the community and stability of the neighborhood.
  • Financial Literacy – The Financial Empowerment Center works with low-income families to achieve financial stability by accessing resources, reducing debt and increasing savings. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance helps eligible filers complete their tax returns for free and receive tax credits and refunds to which they’re entitled, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Truancy Prevention – The Truancy Court Prevention Project helps youth with truancy problems engage in school through intensive on-site case management, academic assessment and support, legal advocacy, and enrollment in after-school activities.
  • Pregnancy Prevention – The Teen Outreach Program, with both a classroom and service learning component, encourages 7th and 8th graders to learn to give back to their community while enhancing their life skills.

Access Services
Services provided at Burr School are open to students and their families. For a detailed list of available services, contact:

Alfred E. Burr Elementary School
400 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114
Barbara Vita, Community School Director
860-695-3097, bvita@thevillage.org