ABCD's Bridge Together Initiative is founded on the Head Start philosophy of engaged parents, stable families, healthy children, and cognitive development. In order to effectively learn and develop, the children of Bridgeport must be supported socially, academically, and cognitively in the school, community, and home.

ABCD Bridge Together has partnered with the Bridgeport Public Schools to provide this supportive model in the Family Resource Centers and the public schools.

  • Provides Music Together as a research-based, enhanced learning environment (birth-9) that supports overall healthy brain development and builds parent/child relationships.
  • Provides early intervention for young families, connecting them with services before they become at risk, alleviating chronic stress in the home.
  • Provides a valued collaboration with city-wide and school district initiatives.

ABCD, Inc. 1070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 Phone: (203) 366-8241 Fax: (203) 394-6175
Charles Tisdale, Executive Director

Action for Bridgeport Community Development Inc. (ABCD), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency was designed as the anti-poverty agency for the Greater Bridgeport Area in September of 1964 by the Office of Economic Opportunity. The agency aims to work with people toward the eradication of the "paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation." ABCD presently servers over 35,000 individuals annually through its broad range of services in a six-town area, covering Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull, Connecticut.

ABCD is distinguished from other corporations in two important ways. First, ABCD's sole mandate is to assist the poor. Second, ABCD concentrates its efforts and resources on identifying and eliminating the causes of poverty rather than only dealing with its effects. ABCD's efforts are directed towards promoting appropriate institutional change and enabling the poor to become self-sufficient.