Children’s Community School (CCS) was founded in 1969 by the Sisters of Mercy in the basement of the Berkeley Heights Housing Project. It grew as parents and community educators got involved who were concerned by the challenges facing Waterbury’s inner-city children. Over time it became what we know now as a pre-kindergarten to grade 8 school.
In 1979, CCS was incorporated as a nonprofit and moved to its current residence in the former Sacred Heart School building at 31 Wolcott Street. In 2003, a pre-kindergarten program was added.
The school’s original mission remains its guiding principle today: to lay the foundation for urban students’ educational success by offering robust curriculum and unique experiences, by developing their individual character, and by cultivating strong family involvement. The school primarily serves children from inner-city Waterbury whose families live at or below the federal poverty level. Most are single parents and represent a cross-section of the city’s ethnic makeup.
As a consequence of its mission and audience, CCS is open for extended hours and has a strong focus on character development and parent involvement. We believe that focus and the following factors contribute to the school’s on-time high school graduation rate for its graduates.