Darien Advocates for Education of the Gifted (DAEG) is a nonprofit organization that is concerned with both education…More for the gifted and with excellent education for all students in Darien. It advocates for appropriate funding of the Idea Program (the gifted-education program of Darien) and it sponsors numerous activities and programs for all Darien students. Some of these programs include after-school enrichment programs during conference week in the elementary schools; parent education and guest speakers; and SAT-prep for 7th graders prior to applying to advanced summer programs.
Annually, DAEG raises money for its Barbara Harrington Grant program, which funds grants to Darien teachers for enrichment and special training during the summer.
DAEG is active during the school year, but it does not hold meetings at a regular time and place. For information on its current calendar and contact information, please visit the website.
The CDSP is the umbrella organization for the Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) of all Darien Public…More Schools.
This group aims to promote understanding and communication among parents, schools, the administration and the Board of Education by the exchange of ideas and consideration of matters of mutual interest.
The CDSP acts as the united voice of public school parents when it comes to the budget for the public school system. In the past it has worked closely with the school administration and the Board of Education to make the case to the Board of Finance for funding requests. The CDSP has also been a force on special topics.
CDSP Board members are the Co-chairs and Budget Representatives of the PTOs. Membership and officers turn over annually, and a list of the current leadership is available on the Web site.
The CDSP meets monthly during the school year in the Board of Education's conference room. The meeting calendar is available on the Web site.