Office of Equity Advancement

Information, Announcements & Opportunities-Sept/Oct 2021

Welcome Back!

To stay up to date, visit the Parent/Student Quick links at whps.org or whps.org/equitypolicy .

Happy New School Year~ 2021-2022

We are thrilled to welcome our students and families back to school this year, and we extend a warm welcome to new families. The resolve of the WHPS community continues to withstand the test of uncertain times. Hope, optimism and a 'one community' spirit have been our greatest sources of resilience.


This newsletter aims to keep families informed, involved and engaged in activities and matters of the WHPS' Office of Equity Advancement.

Here's a sampling of communications that you can expect:

  • Upcoming district and local equity, diversity and inclusion related events, programs and registration links
  • Information and announcements from our One Community for Equity Network
  • Easy access to and information about family support resources
  • Information on Foodshare programs and calendars


As well as regular features:

  • District equity-focused information, efforts and resources
  • Opportunities for family-district partnership linked to learning and supporting children and teens at home
  • Mental health resources
  • Nutrition Services Information and Updates
  • Summaries and links to Superintendent and Office of Equity Advancement messages
  • Messages from The Office of Equity Advancement
  • and much, much more...

Wednesday, September 29, 6PM-7:30 Parents, Educators and Community Members are invited to join the Office of Equity Advancement for our 2021/2022 One Community for Equity Virtual Kick Off. Registration is required for security reasons. A join link will be emailed to you after you have compleged the online registration. To register, click HERE.


September & October - Helping CT Low & No-Income Families Get the 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payments The IRS invites you to attend an Advance Child Tax Credit information session to learn about the Advance Child Tax Credit. English Info Sessions / Spanish Info Sessions


On-Demand- Wed., September 7th (recorded)- Keeping Our Focus on Mental Health and Wellness- Check out the recording of this panel discussion and resources. Get advice from school and community clinicians, parents, and students, about how to manage stress related to uncertainties as we start the new school year. Recorded Webinar and Resources

Community Resources and Guides for Parents/Caregivers

Resource contributors are WHPS One Community Partners: WH Parent EDI Groups, Community of Concern (COC), Concerned Parents of Color, WH (CPCWH), West Hartford Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO), The Bridge, WH Social Services

Additional Resources- Courtesy WHPS One Community Partners

Please bookmark this site and check back often for updated parent/caregiver resources. These resources are compiled by our One Community for Equity partners: WH Parent EDI Groups, Community of Concern (COC), Concerned Parents of Color, WH (CPCWH), West Hartford Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO), The Bridge, WH Social Services.


  • Covid Vaccine Information for West Hartford Residents-Get information on free testing, mobile vaccine services, transportation and language translation services. Read more HERE
  • Rental Assistance Program for families impacted by the pandemic. Information is available here: https://portal.ct.gov/DOH/DOH/Programs/UniteCT. Under the program the State will provide financial assistance to pay down rental arrears and help with future rent for families who have lost income as a result of the pandemic. If anyone has questions about the program the CT Fair Housing Office has some experience with it would be happy to provide assistance. Families can visit http://www.ctfairhousing.org or call Greg Kirschner directly at (860) 263-0724.
One Community for Equity

A collaborative of the Office of Equity Advancement for the West Hartford Public Schools and parent led-/community stakeholder groups sharing common goals and interests leading to more equitable schools and a more equitable community.

One Community for Equity: A district, family and community partnership in action

One Community for Equity


The Office of Equity Advancement for the West Hartford Public Schools has established a new collaborative partnership with parent-led organizations and community stakeholder groups sharing common goals and interests leading to more equitable schools and a more equitable community. As we strive to achieve our mission, we are compelled to actively seek the perspectives of all who make WHPS such a richly diverse educational community. Learn more about One Community for Equity.