The Chester Education Foundation (CEF) is a Local Education Fund (LEF) created in 1988 by a consortium of local and state leaders including Widener University, West Chester University, the PA Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, United Way of Southeastern Delaware County, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Sun Company, Scott Paper Company, Boeing and others. CEF's mission is to support educational excellence and promote community revitalization in the Chester Upland School District (CUSD).
Each year, CEF raises over $1,000,000 to provide direct services and capacity building initiatives within the CUSD community. Our generous granters include state and county agencies, local businesses and more than one-dozen local foundations who believe that Chester's children deserve a good education. Since 1994, Chester Education Foundation has facilitated the 100+ member, Delaware County Communities That Care Network which has received state, national and international recognition for successful implementation of research-based prevention strategies, leveraging and sustaining resources and exceptional leadership of community collaboration.
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The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, (PCCD) has awarded a 2-year grant of $125,000 to the Delaware County Communities that Care Network through Chester Education Foundation to provide Reconnecting Youth, an evidence-based prevention program for 80 Chester high school students. RY is delivered via a 75 session program facilitated by a trained leader to a small group of at-risk students. The goal of the program is to reduce drug use, deviant peer bonding, and aggression and to increase academic performance, graduation rates and personal control. For information, contact Neilda Mott 610-364-1212.