An Overview and Brief History

Mission: To involve, empower, and support parents to improve the lives of children.



Danbury Children First achieves its mission through education and information for parents and advocacy for children.

Danbury Children First's goal is that all children can succeed in school to their full potential. Danbury Children First was founded in 1995 out of the Community Partnership for Children and Youth, a citywide partnership in Danbury. This partnership was sparked by the superintendent of schools, who went to United Way asking for help, saying the schools could not meet all the needs of the students alone.

A few years later, when funding became available from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund to support to children ages birth to eight, the partnership decided to start its work by focusing on this age group, and Danbury Children First was funded, with parents as partners in leadership roles.