Purpose: "To bolster student's academic performance and lower the drop-out, teen pregnancy, crime, substance abuse and unemployment rates by offering children and youth comprehensive before and after school and summer programming integrated with existing school and community programs offered within the City."
ABCD has been one of several program operators for the city of Bridgeport's Lighthouse program since 1993. The Lighthouse Program brings schools, communities and the municipality together to provide students with safe, nurturing and supportive environments after school and during the summer. This program provides educational, cultural and recreational opportunities to Bridgeport's students in grades K-6 through a diversified approach to programming. For grades 7-8, a new segment has been added, titled BYC IMPACT - Bridgeport Youth Club - Inspire Motivate Prepare Accelerate Creative Teens.
During the summer, the program operates for five weeks beginning the first week of July from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. A free breakfast and lunch are provided. The after school program operates from the first day of the school year until the beginning of June from dismissal for each school until 5:30 pm. A free snack is provided. A sliding fee is attached to the program. In addition, working parents are offered extra hours of service through a Before School Program and late pick-ups for an additional charge. Limited scholarships and reduced fees are available, based on need. All parents are encouraged to apply for Care4kids, as it may reduce the required payment.
ABCD currently operates Lighthouse programs at the following schools:
Jettie S. Tisdale
|425 Thorme St.
545 Brewster St.
606 Howard Ave.
300 Laurel Ave.
4510 Park Avenue
475 Lexington Avenue
68 Omega Avenue
250 Hollister Avenue
85 Eckart Street
680 Park Ave.
Applications can be obtained at each site or at ABCD headquarters (1070 Park Ave.). Items you will need to bring with you: Copy of latest income tax return (1040) listing dependent child/children. A $25 non-refundable deposit (bank check or money orders accepted). NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS PLEASE.
If unable to provide proof of household income, the maximum fee will apply.