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New Promotions Announced at Allied Community Services

The Board of Directors of Allied Community Services Inc., has appointed Dean M. Wern as CEO and Carol Bohnet as Chief Operating Officer, effective Nov. 26. Each had served in interim roles since September for the Enfield-based human service agency. Both Wern and Bohnet have extensive experience at Allied. Wern served as CEO from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. Bohnet joined Allied in 1994 as director of rehabilitation services and was appointed executive director of the corporation’s Allied Community Resources (ACR) subsidiary in 1999. As COO, she is responsi-

ble for operational oversight of both subsidiaries: ACR in East Windsor and Allied Rehabilitation Centers in Enfield. The Allied Board also announced the promotion of Donald M. Waddell Jr. from director to vice president of financial management services at ACR. Waddell joined Allied in 2002 as an accounting manager. As vice president of ACR, he is responsible for the administrative and contractual oversight of ACR’s programs and services. Allied has provided services and supports to children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities since 1964. Offices are located in Enfield and East

Windsor; group homes are in those two towns as well as South Windsor. The Allied group employs more than 200 staff members and has a combined operating budget of over $12 million. Services provided by the Allied Rehabilitation Centers subsidiary include residential, employment, day enrichment, school transition, transportation and business support. Allied operates several businesses including Allied’s Attic Thrift Store, Different by Design Jewelry and Allied Transportation Services, employing program participants while providing goods and services to the community.

Through its Allied Community Resources subsidiary, the corporation also supports several state Medicaid Waiver programs as a financial management services agency. ACR provides services to more than 4,000 individuals annually in Connecticut and Alabama. Their independence is enhanced through community-based support services, which allow them to remain in their own homes and live in their communities. More information and a further description of Allied’s extensive services can be found at

WILLIMANTIC - In 2008, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) was awarded a three-year, $3.9 million Early Reading First (ERF) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project. Eastern was one of only 31 agencies and public school districts throughout the United States to be chosen for “Early Reading First� grants out of nearly 400 applicants. In partnership with the Windham Early Childhood Center (part of the Windham Public Schools) and the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC) at Eastern, the CECE provided professional development and literacy coaching to 50 teachers and paraprofessionals and supported families in engaging in literacy activities at home. The CPEL program helped approximately 600 preschool-age children in Willimantic and provided Eastern undergraduate and graduate students from various majors with important experiential

learning opportunities. The students worked as oral language assessors, classroom substitutes and literacy kit managers, and were considered critical to the project’s success. Danielle Nardone ‘09 of Stafford Springs, participated as an oral language assessor and classroom substitute for the project. Under the leadership of CECE Program Coordinator Julia DeLapp and Maureen Ruby and Ann Anderberg, assistant professors of education, the project worked to improve the language and literacy skills of nearly 600 preschool-age children in Willimantic/Windham through an intensive, bilingual, family-based language and literacy preschool intervention program with impressive results. According to Anderberg, the project was designed with Windham’s diverse community in mind. While Latino residents constituted 13 percent of the Connecticut population in the 2010 Census, the percentage of Latino residents in Willimantic is nearly 40 percent and the

percentage of the school-aged population that is Latino exceeds 60 percent. Approximately 37 percent of the town’s residents speak a language other than English in the home. At the end of the study, the research showed positive results. Both the teachers and the paraprofessionals who participated in the project improved their literacy knowledge by more than 15 percent over the course of the project.

In addition, the children made tremendous gains in their “receptive vocabulary,� “rhyming� and “quality of book reading� with Spanish-speaking students making the most gains. Such findings enabled the researchers to draw conclusions about lessons learned from the project that can be implemented in preschool classrooms throughout the state.

Nardone Assists in ECSU’s Community Early Literacy Program

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January 2013 North Central  

Community news for the towns of East Windsor, Ellingon, Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Vernon.