“The Westbrook Children’s Project has created a powerful network that is focused on the success of all children. The strength of the Project lies in the deep and lasting partnerships across the entire community that help Westbrook children, youth, and families thrive.”

– Peter Lancia,
Superintendent,
Westbrook School District

About Westbrook Children’s Project

Westbrook Children’s Project (WCP) is a community-wide partnership that works together to support the whole child before, during, and after school so that Westbrook youth graduate from high school ready for success.

Over the past decade, our community has come together to support programs with life-changing impact for our youth. We now have over 75 partners and volunteers representing all sectors of the community who support our work. Our work is led by five work groups which are comprised of community partners who use data to help develop and implement strategies to achieve identified short- and long-term outcomes.

As we look forward to the next decade, we will build upon our strong history of supporting youth. Our work groups will continue to focus efforts on the needs of children of all ages, improving outcomes, and using data to drive decisions. Our steering committee will help guide community-wide efforts to provide the academic, social, and emotional support Westbrook youth need to succeed from cradle to career.

PARTNERS

We are grateful to the local organizations that support WCP strategies in myriad ways, including financial support, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and sharing knowledge and resources.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Our steering committee helps guide community-wide efforts to provide the academic, social, and emotional support Westbrook youth need to succeed from cradle to career.

Jennifer Burns, Senior Director Education, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Portland

Anthony Dahms, Children’s Program Coordinator, Westbrook Community Center

Alex Hughes, Director, Westbrook Partners for Prevention

Peter Lancia, PhD, Superintendent of Schools, Westbrook School Department

Allyson Lowell, Director of Program Services, Woodfords Family Services

Mary Madden, Director Evaluation, United Way of Greater Portland

Louise Marsden, VP for Family & Childhood Education, The Opportunity Alliance

Nathanna McGivney, Regional Director of Outpatient & Community Services, Cumberland County, Spurwink

Doug Patrick, Director of Case Management & Behavioral Health Services , Woodfords Family Services

Regina Phillips, Coordinator of Grants & Community Engagement, Westbrook School Department

Kara Reiman, Youth Services Librarian, Walker Memorial Library

DATA AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

This committee collects and analyzes data to identify needs and inform strategies to more effectively serve Westbrook youth. 

Kate Hersom, Director of Student Assessment and Intervention, Westbrook School Department

Alex Hughes, Director, Westbrook Partners for Prevention

Mary Madden, Director of Evaluation, United Way of Greater Portland

Brian Mazjanis, Principal, Saccarappa School, Westbrook School Department

Jodi Mezzanatte, Assistant Superintendent, Westbrook School Department

Anita Pettit, Data Specialist, Westbrook School Department

Regina Phillips, Coordinator of Grants and Community Engagement, Westbrook School Department

Flynn Ross, Associate Professor, Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine

WORK GROUPS

Our five work groups are comprised of community volunteers and partners. Each work group develops and implements a data-driven action plan to achieve these goals. We focus efforts on student need, emphasize prevention and problem solving to improve outcomes, work together to align and coordinate efforts, and use data to drive decisions.