The Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc. (BPEF) was established in 1983 to raise public support for the Bridgeport public schools. The mission of BPEF is Mentoring youth for success in college, careers and life.
BPEF provides support for the Bridgeport public school system through innovative programs that improve the educational outcomes of students, supports teachers’ excellence in teaching, and increases the community's involvement in the schools. The purpose of BPEF is to provide equal educational opportunities for all children in the country regardless of race, culture, or geographic location. All the major programs of BPEF have been developed with input from the BPEF Board of Directors to meet an educational need in the Bridgeport public schools that cannot be met by the district. The BPEF Fund offers programs such as the Inspiration Awards, First Day Reading Enrichment, Education Forums, Community Conversations, the College Assistance Program (CAP) and Mentoring for Academic Achievement and College Success (MAACS) program.