It is with pride and enthusiasm that I present to you Our Accomplishments, an important report from the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation.
Our Department’s three Divisions – Young Children, Youth and Recreation – are bound together by a strong commitment to build our community and address our many challenges using a family-centered, data-driven and results-based approach. The purpose of this report is to increase the insight of residents, policy-makers, leaders, educators, community-based organizations, funders and others into the contributions the Department has made in its first two years. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with early childhood, youth, and family-serving professionals and advocates in our City to accomplish much more in the years to come.
Please join our Department in celebrating our efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Hartford!
Jose Colon-Rivas, Ph.D. Director
Department of Families Children Youth and Recreation
Every child, youngster and adult will experience success within strong and caring communities, families and neighborhoods. Quality of life is enhanced through the provision of diverse recreational, environmental, cultural, educational, and leisurely opportunities. This vision is guided by the belief that decisions and actions affecting children today will determine the quality of lives tomorrow.
The Department of Families, Children Youth & Recreation serves Hartford’s community by promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of its children, youth and families. Our mission is guided by the belief that decisions and actions affecting children today will determine the quality of lives tomorrow.
The recent explosion of brain development research confirms the critical importance of high quality, safe and nurturing early learning experiences to subsequent school success and lifelong achievements. The City of Hartford has a longstanding commitment to early childhood education and interventions. It is the first municipality in the State to implement a citywide
With a specific focus on coordination, accountability, capacity building, and strategic partnerships, Division for Youth works with key public, private, and community stakeholders to ensure that Hartford’s youth age nine to twenty-four have quality opportunities to develop the competencies critical to academic success and future self sufficiency.
We will be known as “The Recreation Outlet of Choice” with our motto “Stay fit for Life”. We are committed to planning, developing, and programming life-long learning opportunities which promote healthier lifestyles outside the traditional education environment for seniors, adults and children.