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  • West Hartford homecare Agency Welcomes New Director

    West Hartford, CT (May 18, 2022) – Care at Home by JFS announced the appointment of a new Director, Elaine Reid. The West Hartford-based homemaker and companion agency is ushering in a post-pandemic caregiving era and is pleased to announce that Reid will sit at the helm for this new chapter in the agency’s history.

    “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Care at Home and continue to honor the wishes of people as they age on their terms.” said Reid of her appointment.

    Reid served as the Director of Outreach and Engagement at Care at Home since January of 2020. Her role included working with families to assess needs, outline services, and benefits to closely match appropriate care. She has become a vital member of the team and of the broader community.

    Katie Hanley, the CEO of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford said of Reid’s appointment, “We are so excited to have Elaine lead Care at Home by JFS.  Not only will she carry the high standard of care that our clients and partners know us for, but she will also help us meet the growing needs of people looking to age in place.”

    During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Reid was instrumental in adapting to the community’s shifting needs and staying on top of local and national healthcare recommendations as it pertained to the evolution of how public health officials understood the virus.

    Reid brings with her over 25 years of professional experience working in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining the Care at Home team, she has worked as a Senior Living Advisor supporting people with dementia, and managed and directed a local home care agency specializing in memory support care working with older adults and their families.

    Care at Home’s previous Director, Patricia Kiely, was leading the organization for over 16 years until it grew to its current position. Though she has stepped down from her Executive Director position within Care at Home, Patricia will continue to serve the community as a part-time Project Manager for Jewish Family Services.

    To learn more about Care at Home’s different caregiving offerings and activities, visit https://careathomebyjfs.org.

    About Care at Home

    Care at Home by JFS is a registered homemaking and companion agency with the Department of Consumer Protection (CTDCP #HCA0000490). All our caregivers are employees of Care at Home by JFS, and are bonded, insured, and screened prior to hire. We oversee quality of care, continuity of services, payroll and administration so you don’t have to.

    Care at Home’s robust caregiving team comes with a wealth of experience working with older adults. All caregivers come with verified references, and are required to complete ongoing training to update and enhance their skills, including topics such as:

    • Client engagement
    • Memory care support
    • LGBTQ+ cultural awareness
    • Nutrition
    • End-of-life support care

     

    Care at Home by JFS is an affiliate of Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford, a nonprofit organization which provides counseling, education, and community support to help people of all religions advance along the path toward emotional well-being, self-reliance, more positive relationships, and a renewed sense of possibility in the Greater Hartford community. The Jewish tradition of caring and compassion guides our community-wide programming and principles.

     

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    JAMIE GARCIA APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL LOAN OFFICER

     

    Westfield, MA— James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Garcia to Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Her office is located at the bank’s Financial Services Center at 977 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, CT. Garcia is responsible for Commercial Lending activities throughout Connecticut and will actively work with existing Commercial Lending, Cash Management, and Retail Banking teams in the state.

    Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Garcia served as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manger with People’s United Bank, and previously held various lending roles with Citizens Bank. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University.

    “We are excited to welcome Jamie to our growing team in Connecticut,” said James Hagan, President and CEO. “With her extensive lending experience in the Connecticut market, she is the perfect fit to help Westfield Bank build business relationships and grow our presence in the nutmeg state.”

     

    Garcia serves on the Finance Committee of Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sister. She resides in Southington, CT.

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in Western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently, the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-one ATMs, and an additional thirty seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in Northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $37.1 million. As of March 31, 2022, the Bank employed 331 full and part-time employees, had $2.6 billion in total assets, $1.9 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.3 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits. To learn more, visit the bank’s website at www.westfieldbank.com

     

     

     

    American Eagle Financial Credit Union Announces New Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity, LaKisha Jordan

     

    American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) today announced the appointment of LaKisha Jordan as Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity, as the Credit Union advances its commitment to being an industry and community leader in driving inclusivity and providing excellent service to the region’s underserved and underbanked.

    As Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity, Jordan will play a leading role in ensuring American Eagle’s workforce is diverse, culture is inclusive, and strategic plans are aligned with the organization’s mission to deliver financial freedom to all people and businesses within their communities.

    “We’re extremely pleased to welcome LaKisha and her expertise in financial services, partnership building and DEI to American Eagle,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of AEFCU. “We’re in the people business, and so it’s critical that we have a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and a culture where each of our employees feel included, respected and valued.”

    Jordan assumes her new role at American Eagle following five years at KeyBank, where she most recently served as Vice President, Regional Corporate Responsibility Officer. While at KeyBank, she worked closely with leadership to cultivate strategic partnerships with city, state and community stakeholders, managed a diverse portfolio of millions of dollars in corporate sponsorships and philanthropic support, and established successful community outreach programs that aligned with the organization’s mission—including bilingual financial literacy workshops for youth and adults. Prior to KeyBank, LaKisha spent nearly 10 years at Bank of America, serving in various Commercial Banking roles.

    She has led DEI advancement efforts throughout her career—including developing diversified hiring initiatives and intern recruiting strategies, establishing broader recruiting networks to attract diverse talent, helping to implement DEI training for leadership teams, and organizing events and campaigns that addressed civic engagement, social justice, and equity in the workplace and community.

    Jordan received both her MBA and Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification from the University of South Florida and completed the McKinsey Management Program for High-Performing Managers.

    Well-respected within her previous organization, the financial services industry and the community, she has been honored with numerous awards, public speaking invitations and committee appointments throughout her career—including in 2018 when she was named by the CT NAACP as one of “Connecticut’s 100 Most Influential Blacks.”

    A resident of Hamden, Jordan’s community involvement is extensive. She currently serves on several boards—including the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Board of Directors, the Gateway Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester Board of Directors. She also serves on Southern Connecticut State University’s Business Advisory Council.

    Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 164,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit www.americaneagle.org.

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    Legrand North and Central America Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team 


    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Legrand North and Central America, manufacturer of electrical and digital building infrastructures, is pleased to announce two leadership changes starting in 2022. Brian DiBella, current President of Electrical Wiring Systems (EWS), will move into the role of President of Data Power & Control (DPC), while Ravi Ramanathan has been promoted to the leadership team to  replace DiBella as President of EWS. Their new posts will be effective as of January 3, 2022. 

    DiBella has been a valued member of the Legrand North America team for nearly two decades. He began his career with Legrand as the Chief Information Officer in 2004 before moving into the role of Vice President/General Manager of Wiremold in 2007. Since 2014 he has been the President for Electrical Wiring Systems (EWS), Legrand’s largest division. He is known throughout the organization as a team builder and collaborative leader.  

    “It’s been an honor working for Legrand over the past eighteen years and being a part of the growth and evolution of the Company” stated DiBella. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Data Power & Control division and being a part of this fast-growing business. While I will miss my team at EWS, I trust that Ravi will do a great job in leading them towards growth and continued success.” 

    Ramanathan has worked with DiBella since 2014, when he joined as the Vice President and General Manager of the Wire & Cable Management business for EWS. In 2019, Ramanathan led and integrated Starline, which Legrand acquired in that same year. Ravi’s aptitude for leadership was evident through his time with Starline, almost doubling its revenue over the last two years. 

    “There is no denying the invaluable lessons I have learned by working with Brian for the last seven years,” said Ramanathan. ”Legrand’s innovative mindset and commitment to our customers are values that each of our team members live by. I’m excited to lead this talented team to further success and join the esteemed Legrand leadership team. I’m grateful to continue to be a part of the company’s growth.” 

    Both DiBella and Ramanathan will begin their new roles effective immediately. 

    About Legrand  

    Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. The Group harnesses technological and societal trends with lasting impacts on buildings with the purpose of improving lives by transforming the spaces where people live, work and meet with electrical, digital infrastructures and connected solutions that are simple, innovative and sustainable. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and sustainable growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including Eliot connected products with enhanced value in use. Legrand reported sales of €6.1 billion in 2020. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is notably a component stock of the CAC 40 and CAC 40 ESG indexes (ISIN code FR0010307819). https://legrandgroup.com

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    American Eagle Donations to Support Connecticut Cat Connection, Cans 4-A-Cause and Angel of Edgewood

     

    AEFCU’s “Cash Back to the Community” provided $105,364 to local nonprofits in 2021; Program to continue in 2022

     

    EAST HARTFORD, CONN.–January 18, 2022–American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) announced the top vote recipients from the latest round of Cash Back to the Community. The fourth quarter winners—three nonprofits from American Eagle’s service area—will receive $28,794 in total donations from the Credit Union for collecting the most support during the latest round of the popular philanthropic program.

     

    The 2021 fourth quarter winners, who will each receive $9,598 from American Eagle, include:

    • Connecticut Cat Connection of Windsor, CT
    • Cans 4-A-Cause of Middletown, CT
    • Angel of Edgewood of Hartford, CT

     

    “The past year was another challenging one for many nonprofits in our region because of the ongoing pandemic, so we’re thrilled that we were able to provide needed financial assistance to twelve deserving organizations in 2021 through Cash Back to the Community,” said Howard Brady, President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union. “American Eagle is excited to announce that we will be continuing this successful program for a third year in 2022, and the first quarter’s nomination period will begin within the next few days. We encourage eligible organizations and their supporters to get involved!”

     

    Connecticut Cat Connection
    "Connecticut Cat Connection is incredibly grateful for this donation,” said Marianne Vieweg, Founder and President of Connecticut Cat Connection. “We are entirely volunteer run and we rescue many stray cats living in unsafe situations outdoors and offer sanctuary for cats that would otherwise be euthanized for treatable conditions. We also take in surrenders from families who can no longer give their cat the support and attention they need. We are a No-Kill shelter and the medical care required to prepare these cats for adoption comes at a high financial cost. This donation will help us to assist many more cats in need in our community." You can learn more about Connecticut Cat Connection at ctcatconnection.org.

     

    Cans 4-A-Cause
    “This donation from American Eagle will enable to us to expand our program by reaching out to communities beyond the Greater Middletown area,” said Jeff Myjak, Founder and President of Cans 4-A-Cause. “We will be able to set up more locations for people to drop off their bottles and cans, which will allow us to put more money back into the community. It will also allow us to look into renting a space next winter so our volunteers won't have to sort in the cold. It will give us the opportunity to buy some recycling bins that can be used at events and businesses as well.” You can learn more about Cans 4-A-Cause at cans-4-a-cause.org.

    Angel of Edgewood
    “We are beyond grateful to receive these funds from American Eagle,” said Jendayi Scott-Miller, Founding Executive Director of Angel of Edgewood. “With this donation, Angel of Edgewood can continue its efforts in dismantling hunger. Many food pantries are facing tough times right now, food donations are extremely low and gaining access to quality healthy food is almost impossible in this community. These funds will replenish essential items that are always needed in our pantry. In addition, restocking diapers for our diaper bank, and formula for our formula bank. We are grateful and forever indebted to the entire American Eagle family, and our voters who believe in us, and wholeheartedly support our work. Your commitment to smaller organizations, such as ours, truly increases the impact of nonprofits statewide.” More can be learned about Angel of Edgewood at angelofedgewood.org

     

    About Cash Back to the Community
    AEFCU donates one percent of its credit and debit card interchange income to three nonprofit and/or 501(c)(3) organizations each quarter through the Cash Back to the Community program. Funding for the program is generated each time its members use an American Eagle Financial Credit Union credit or debit card. At the end of each quarter, one percent of the total interchange income – the fee paid for credit and debit card transactions – is distributed to the three top qualified nonprofits as voted on by a combination of the Credit Union’s members and the public. More can be learned about Cash Back to the Community by visiting americaneagle.org/cashback.

     

    Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 165,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit www.americaneagle.org.

     

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    Westfield Bank’s relocated Granby, Connecticut branch now open

     

    Westfield, MA— James C. Hagan, President and CEO of Westfield Bank, is pleased to announce that the Bank’s new Granby, CT branch opened December 13, 2021.

    The bank celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 15. Joining Westfield Bank President and CEO James C. Hagan and Chairperson of the Board Lisa McMahon were board members Laura Benoit, Donna Damon, William Masse, Gregg Orlen, Paul Picknelly, and Steven Richter.

    Other guests included members of the Granby Chamber of Commerce including President Robert Marx, Granby Branch Manager / Assistant Vice President Tawana Jaunai, Vice President / Regional Manager Matt Cuddy, and other Westfield Bank representatives.

    The new Granby branch is located at 12 East Granby Road, only a block away from the previous location at the Granby Village Shops. The full-service branch is open Monday through Saturday and features two drive-through teller lanes, drive-through ATM and night deposit services, a coin machine, safe deposit boxes, and additional lobby and office space for enhanced customer privacy. Tawana Jaunai and her team are excited to welcome customers to the new location.

    The new branch was designed by DiBattisto Associates, LLC of East Granby and Borghesi Building & Engineering Co. Inc. of Torrington. Construction was completed by Borghesi Building & Engineering Co. Inc. The new Granby branch aligns with the bank’s strategy to enhance its Connecticut footprint. Since the original Granby branch was opened in 2013, Westfield Bank has expanded with branches in Enfield and Bloomfield, as well as a financial services center in West Hartford.

    The branch opening comes with special promotional offers and raffles across all four Westfield Bank Connecticut offices. This includes a raffle at each location for a $1,000 donation to a local charity. See us for official rules. For more information, please visit:

     https://www.westfieldbank.com/celebrateconnecticut

    “We are excited to have opened our new, state-of-the-art office in Granby with added services to benefit our customers,” said James Hagan, President and CEO. “Our initial success in Granby eight years ago, thanks to a welcoming community, has led us to grow to four offices and a broad customer reach in the Greater Hartford area.”

    About Westfield Bank

    Westfield Bank, headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, is a federally chartered savings bank organized in 1853 and is the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in Western Massachusetts. The Bank is a full-service community-oriented financial institution offering a complete range of commercial and retail products and services. Currently, the Bank has twenty-five branch offices, fifty-one ATMs, and an additional thirty seasonal ATMs and serves Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts and Hartford and Tolland counties in Northern Connecticut. The Bank’s middle market and commercial real estate lending team is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has a general regulatory limit on loans to one borrower of $35.8 million. As of September 30, 2021, the Bank employed 334 full and part-time employees, had $2.5 billion in total assets, $1.8 billion in its loan portfolio, and $2.2 billion in total deposits. The Bank is regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Bank’s deposits are insured up to the maximum FDIC insurance coverage limits.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains statements that are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Western New England Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2021, June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2021.  Western New England Bancorp and Westfield Bank do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

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    Express Strategies Among Top B2B Service Providers on UpCity!

     

    Express Strategies is thrilled to officially announce that we are a part of the UpCity community of top B2B service providers!

    At Express Strategies, we are experts in providing an acute understanding of the public relations implications of policy decisions made by organizations. We work directly with each client to craft and implement short- and long-term communications strategies that effectively reach the right people with the right message.

    Whether telling the story of a global corporation or a regional high school, a community-based nonprofit, professional association, higher education institution or local small business, Express Strategies helps move clients closer to achieving their goals – in policy, programs, publicity, development, membership or mission.

    For a specific short-term project or ongoing initiative, Express Strategies will “focus on your needs – no predetermined plans or answers, only custom-designed, results-oriented problem solving aimed squarely at accomplishing your communication objectives,” explains Managing Principal Bernard Kavaler, who founded the Hartford-based firm in 2012 after a career in journalism, public affairs and higher education.

    UpCity is a resource that helps connect businesses to service providers they can trust. With more than 70,000 listed providers—from marketing agencies to accounting firms to HR consultants to IT specialists, and many more—2 million businesses (and counting) have visited UpCity to research and identify the best partner for their needs. 

    UpCity’s proprietary algorithm utilizes a variety of digital signals to measure the credibility, trustworthiness, and recommendability of B2B service providers across the U.S. and Canada. These digital data points like reviews (both on UpCity and other third-party review sites), presence in relevant search results, domain authority, website speed, and experience help UpCity connect businesses with outstanding service providers like Express Strategies. 

    We are proud to be listed in this vibrant and growing community and want to thank our clients for all of the support they’ve shown our business. To learn more, contact Express Strategies at info@express-strategies.com or 860.729.3021. 

    Express Strategies     www.express-strategies.com

    Howard Brady Appointed President & CEO of American Eagle Financial Credit Union

    EAST HARTFORD, CONN.—January 3, 2022—American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) today announced that Howard Brady has been appointed to the role of President & CEO. Brady succeeds Dean Marchessault, who in mid-2021 publicly announced his intent to retire after 22 years of service to Connecticut’s largest community credit union—seven as President & CEO. Brady has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at AEFCU since 2015.

    “The Board of the Directors has full confidence that Howard Brady is the right person to lead American Eagle Financial Credit Union,” stated Michael P. DePasquale, Chairman of the Board of Directors for AEFCU. “His leadership and proven performance makes him a natural successor to Dean, whose tenure has produced impressive growth and success for our organization. We thank Dean for his contributions and wish him all the best.”

    “American Eagle has a rich history of providing exceptional service to our members, and giving back to our communities. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that legacy, while focusing on developing our incredible team of talent for continued growth and advancement in the future,” said AEFCU President & CEO Howard Brady. “I want to thank and congratulate Dean Marchessault, who has been an incredible mentor to me, and a well-respected leader who substantially enhanced American Eagle’s reputation as an industry frontrunner and significant contributor in our service area.”

    In 2020, Marchessault delivered notice of his intent to retire to the Board of Directors. Based upon the organization’s succession planning process, and after rigorous deliberation, American Eagle announced in mid-2021 that Howard Brady would become the Credit Union’s next President and CEO effective January 3, 2022.

    Brady joined American Eagle in October 2014 as Vice President, Real Estate Lending and was later named Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer in September 2015. Before he arrived at AEFCU, Brady held numerous positions in the financial, credit union, mortgage lending and ticketing industries. An enthusiastic advocate for the advancement of all Credit Unions, Brady currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Credit Union League of Connecticut. He is a 1996 graduate of Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History. He is a resident of Old Saybrook, Conn., where he lives with his wife Meghan and their two children.

    Established in 1935, American Eagle Financial Credit Union (AEFCU) is a full-service credit union offering checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, business accounts and more. American Eagle offers banking online, through its mobile app, or at one of its 14 branches located in Connecticut. AEFCU has more than 160,000 members, over $2.3 billion in assets, and offers banking services to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Hartford, Middlesex, Tolland, and New Haven County in Connecticut, and Hampden County in Massachusetts. For more information about American Eagle Financial Credit Union, visit www.americaneagle.org.

    The Children’s Museum Group awarded a CT Humanities Grant

    [West Hartford, CT, December 22, 2021] Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded The Children’s Museum a $5000 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG).

    This grant will assist The Children's Museum’s efforts to emerge from the pandemic with added capacity. Funds from the FY2022 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support grant will be used to help the museum rebuild its staff, renew its efforts to engage the community, return to a full event and program schedule, and more frequently advertise its offerings. Michael Werle, the museum’s Executive Director stated, “We are most grateful to CTH Board of Directors for this $5,000 grant to support our operations in a continuing difficult period. We, like all of our fellow humanities organizations, have experienced significant financial strain over the past year, which we expect to continue for some time yet.”

    The Children’s Museum was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

    This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

    About The Children’s Museum Group

    The Children’s Museum Group, is made up of the Museum and Preschool on its West Hartford campus and the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton CT. It was started in Hartford in 1927 and is the fifth oldest Children’s Museum in the country. Its mission is to provoke life-long experiential learning and innovation among children, adults and their communities.

    The Children’s Museum Group offers virtual and live school and summer vacation science camps, field trips, birthday parties, traveling classroom programs (outreach), behind-the-scenes sanctuary tours, scout programs, facilities rentals, planetarium shows, library programs, animal demonstrations and a Keeper's Club. The Keeper's Club gives 10- to 14-year-old children hands-on experience taking care of animals. The Children’s Museum Group is the largest third-party supplier of NGSS-aligned (Next Generation Science Standard) STEM/STEAM-based educational programs in Connecticut. The

    Children’s Museum Preschool offers preschool programs and curriculum, with the bonus of weekly visits to the Museum. Roaring Brook Nature Center offers school and summer vacation science camps, field trips, birthday parties, animal demonstrations, and a regular schedule of concerts and seasonal nature programs.

    The Children’s Museum is part of The Children’s Museum Group, a registered 501 (c)(3). Their mission is to provoke life-long experiential learning and innovation among children, adults, and their communities. For more information about the museum’s hours and admission fees, please visit www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.

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    If you would like more information about this topic, please call Lorrie McElligott at 860.726.4001, or email lmcelligott@thechildrensmuseumct.org.