Purpose & History
The Interdistrict Cooperative Grant Program (ICGP), established under section 10-74d of Connecticut General Statutes, provides state funding to local / regional school districts and nonprofit organizations to support inter-district programs designed to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation and improve student academic achievement (particularly in the areas of science and mathematics). As part of this program, the State Department of Education requires a minimum of 30 face-to-face contact hours between participants. The 2016-2017 school year marks the 23rd anniversary of the New Canaan Nature Center executing this innovative educational program. To date over 18,000 students in lower Fairfield County Connecticut have been served through LINKS. Approximately 650 fourth grade students from Norwalk and New Canaan participate in the LINKS program each year.
New for 2016-2016 — LINKS Share Site
We have developed a LINKS share site for students and teachers. This site is your one-stop shop for all things LINKS, including our program calendar, info on participating schools, RSVP invites, Emergency Release forms, lesson plans and more. LINKS participants can also share thoughts, comments and photos of their LINKS experience. For more info, and to be granted access to join the share site, please contact the LINKS Coordinator at (203) 966-9577 x41 or Email LINKS Coordinator
LINKS Primary Goals:
How We Achieve These Goals: