After School Program

The After School Challenge is a project-based learning experience for middle-school students in participating schools across CT. Participation in the program provides relevant and rigorous academic enrichment as well as a host of critical 21st century competencies, including team building and critical thinking. The program is guided by a certified teacher at each school and supported by CPEP staff, volunteers and mentors.

The After School Challenge is currently offered in the following schools and districts:

Bridgeport - Thomas Hooker School, Classical Studies Magnet Academy//Bristol - Northeast Middle School//Danbury - Broadview Middle School//Hartford - Annie Fisher STEM School, Burr Elementary//Meriden - Thomas Edison Magnet School//New Britain - Slade Middle School, DiLoreto Magnet School//New Haven - Engineering and Science University Magnet School//Norwalk - Nathan Hale Middle School, Ponus Ridge Middle School, Roton Middle School, West Rocks Middle School, Side By Side Charter School//Stamford - Dolan Middle School, Scofield Magnet School, Turn of River Middle School//Waterbury - North End Middle School, Duggan Elementary School, Wallace Middle School

Enrollment is during the month of September. If your child attends one of the listed schools and is interested in participating, they can obtain a permission slip from the teacher at the beginning of the school year.

Summer Ventures Program

The CPEP Summer Ventures Program employs urban high school students to think like entrepreneurs in a business environment. While developing entrepreneurial and innovative thinking skills they are also reducing summer learning loss and improving academic performance.

CPEP Summer Ventures begins in June and runs approximately five weeks. The interviewing and recruitment process is done by the program site director during the month of May.

There are currently four sites where Ventures is offered:

East Hartford - Pathways Academy of Technology & Design//New Britain - Slade Middle School//New Haven - Wilbur Cross//Danbury - Danbury Museum

Saturday Program

The CPEP Saturday Program is an Interdistrict program that recruits middle school students from urban and suburban communities.

The Saturday Program runs for approximately 8 weeks in the Spring. Recruitment is done by the program site director.

The program is typically held in the following districts:

Hartford -  recruits from select middle schools in Hartford, Newington, and East Hartford// New Haven - recruits from select middle schools in New Haven and Milford

All transportation, meals, and supplies are provided for the students.