About

OPMAD is a grassroots organization started by Hartford parents

Our History:
In 1992 a group of eight parents, who were running after-school programs in their children’s schools, met to discuss the issues they were facing. Some parents couldn’t find resources, some were concerned about the safety of the children in drop-in centers and all were frustrated by the lack of programs for elementary age children. These parents worked for one year to develop a parent-driven model and secure funding to start OPMAD, Inc. Their goal was to expand the experiences and interests of students and give them positive peer and adult role-models.

Each OPMAD programs emphasizes local decision making at the school site through the Parent, Teacher Steering Committee. Board members are community members and parents of participating OPMAD schools. OPMAD gives parents and community members access to school sites through volunteer and educational opportunities. Before and after school activities are offered in six areas: 1.Academics 2.Life skills 3.Cultural/Arts 4.Recreation 5.Sports and 6. Technology five days per week during the school year. The program serves grades K through 8th graders from school dismissal time to 6:00 from the first day of school in August to the last day of school in June. The summer program runs for five weeks. Service-learning opportunities are available to help Middle School and High School students experience the rewards of volunteering in a real work setting and to earn the community service hours they need to graduate.
Programs take place at the school site. Parent education and family activities are offered throughout the year.

Our Mission Statement:
To empower and unite parents citywide, to meet the academic, social, cultural, creative and physical needs of children through parent-driven, extended-day programs that nurture and encourage responsible citizens.

Our goals are: To enhance the quality of life for Hartford children and provide a community designed prevention model that results in healthy, well-adjusted, successful children and families.

Our Services:
OPMAD, Inc. is a non-profit, parent-run organization that provides before and after school programs in K-8 schools. OPMAD strengthens ties between the schools, the family and the community to create higher expectation for academic success, community involvement and stronger families. The outcome is increased academic success for children and informed, engaged adults.

The OPMAD model benefits children, parents, teachers and the community.

Our Parents:

  • become decision makers, gain leadership skills and train their peers
  • become role models and form caring relationships with students
  • create a stable base for long term change and parent involvement in the schools
  • become responsible citizens of the school and the community

Our Students:

  • have opportunities for community service and leadership skill development
  • experience different approaches to learning
  • participate in a variety of activities that extend learning
  • have an opportunity to explore or develop their interests and talents
  • benefit from adult and student role models
  • Turn skills learned into hobbies and use them as an alternative to television
  • learn in a safe, supervised environment
  • improve their school attendance

Our Teachers:

  • have an opportunity to share their talents with parents and students after school
  • report that students demonstrate improved social skills, focus and academic abilities

Our Community:

  • Schools are open longer hours and become safe learning environments that focus on families
  • Schools establish a connection with the community, encouraging the community to become more involved in the school and benefit from corporate and community volunteers

Our Board Members:

President – Laura Voight, Open Solutions, Inc.

Vice President – Katelyn Morgan

Treasurer – Anthony Barrett, Girls for Technology

Secretary – Lenora James, Travelers

Barbara Kilpatrick – Retired

Tara Pollard – Travelers

Todd Regan, Esq. – Partner, Robinson & Cole

Marianne Michalek

Helvi Kramer – The Hartford Insurance

Jonathan Seamans – University of Hartford

Tyler Buccetti – Travelers

Susan Sullivan – Cigna

Joy Stewart – DCF

Ann Marriott – Sitek – CCMC

 

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