In July 2009, the NFCOZ Governing Board voted to become a program of East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP).  The NFCOZ recognized the value of working as part of a larger, established organization for long term sustainability.  Through this formalized relationship, we are able to provide better, more comprehensive services to families and individuals through the breadth of services available through EBCAP and we have the opportunity to better integrate the range of services we offer. We are stronger financially with more efficiency in fund management and fund development.  EBCAP supports the NFCOZ by providing assistance in the areas of long range strategic planning; public relations, marketing and fund development; human resources and fiscal compliance and reporting; information technology; staff development and supervision of the NFCOZ director; and succession planning.  As a small organization, we do not have the resources available to develop these types of supports.  More of our resources can go into providing services to promote school success and build strong families and less of our resources will be used to manage our organization. 

    The NFCOZ has a current set of By-laws that govern our work and a management agreement that defines our relationship with both Newport Public Schools and EBCAP.  NFCOZ funds are managed by the finance office at East Bay Community Action Program. 
    The NFCOZ continues maintain an active Governing Council that oversees the operation of the program.  The Governing Council meets at least nine times per year and consists of members of the business community, social service community, district personnel, principals of the CLC schools, parents, a school committee member, a fiscal agency representative from EBCAP, and members of the community at large.  Newport Public Schools actively supports the NFCOZ with facilities, technology support, phone access, utilities, and programmatic direction.
    In the spring of 2014, the NFCOZ established a partnership agreement with Middletown Public Schools to manage their Child Opportunity Zone Program.  The by-laws were amended to include this partnership.  The NFCOZ has continued to work closely with the Middletown Public Schools to grow and develop the COZ program for Middletown students and families.  


    Jo Eva Gaines, Chairperson, City/State Government Representative, Newport School Committee
    Colleen Burns Jermain, School District Representative, Newport Public Schools Superintendent
    Traci Westman, School Representative Newport, Pell Elementary School
    Michelle Fonseca, School Representative Middletown, Aquidneck Elementary School
    Susan Schenck, EBCAP Representative, Director of Operations
    Pauline Perkings-Moye, Community Agency Representative, Newport Housing Authority
    Kitty Rok, Community Agency Representative, Salve Regina University
    Ellen Kelly, Business Representative, Champagne and Ink
    Danielle McCarthy, Business Representative, Champagne and Ink
    Kendra Muenter, Parent Newport
    Michael Turskey, Parent Newport
    Neyda DeJesus, Parent Newport
    Maria Mare Schulz, General Community Representative
    The NFCOZ receives funding from a variety of federal, state, and private sources.  Our current funders are:
    • United States Department of Education
    • RI Department of Education
    • van Beuren Charitable Foundation
    • Town of Middletown - Civic Appropriations
    • North Family Trust
    • John Clarke Trust Fund
    • The Newport Partnership for Families, Reading Reaps Rewards (R3) Initiative
    • Senate Legislative Grant
    • Fees and Donations

Governing Council Meetings

  • Meetings are open to the public.  Please enter through the front entrance of our main office building at 437 Broadway, Newport, RI.

    Our next meeting will be held on:
    Monday, September 19, 2011 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am