• Learn, Grow,Thrive

    Our mission is to enhance and enrich the education of all students through programs that support innovative and forward-thinking educational opportunities.  We want all children to learn, grow and reach their potential.

    Kdg JumpStart - promotes school readiness

    DCEF funds a Kdg Jumpstart program over the summer in all Title 1 elementary schools at no cost to identified incoming kindergarteners to give them an opportunity to get on a more even footing with their peers and increase their likelihood of long term success in school. In our pilot study referrals of OT and Speech decreased due to this program and resulted in a 30% cost savings to the district for these services to kindergarten classes during that school year.  This year DCEF was able to offer this program to all incoming kindergarteners in the district.

    The Experience - hands-on learning and an opportunity to explore, create and innovate

    • Over 1,600 students grades 1-8 participate annually in these enrichment after school and summer programs
    • Programs like robotics, master chef, forensics, theater, rocketry, coding, film making, sign language
    • DCEF provides scholarships and financial assistance so every child can participate
    • Over $10,000 is awarded in assistance every year to children for these programs

    Summer Mobile Book Club