In keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our ELITE program provides the required continued post high school education for our students identified through the special education process to be in need of additional support in the areas of vocational readiness and life skills development.  The mission of the program is to provide further training in these areas within real life work and community environments so that students may live as independently as possible.  Students may qualify for these services through the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process up until the age of 22.     

Introducing NCB - Next Chapter Books


We hope you have heard the exciting news about the opening of Next Chapter Books, a pre-owned bookstore and cafe run by ELITE students and community volunteers. This site serves as an employability training platform for our students and provides them with meaningful instructional opportunities to strengthen their daily living skills. In addition, it offers a great space for community members to gather, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some beautiful books.

Next Chapter Books
2 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull, CT

Current Store Hours - M-F - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m


How You Can Help

Make a Quality Book Donation

In partnership with the National English Honor Society of Trumbull High School, our book collection process is now up and running!  Drop your donations in the convenient drop box right outside the school’s front entrance, located just two miles from NCB at 72 Strobel Road. We are looking to add new or nearly new books of every genre with the exception of reference books and dictionaries. Students use the following guidelines when selecting books to sell from our inventory. We ask that you consider the same criteria:

A book that is quality book is a book in good condition:

    • The cover is not torn or stained.
    • The pages are not faded or yellow.
    • There is no writing in the book.

Make a Purchase from our Amazon Wishlist

Check out our wishlist on Amazon - Amazon Wish List  




Please see that all items are shipped  ℅ The Special Education Department, Trumbull Public Schools Special Education Department, 6254 Main Street,Trumbull, CT 06511. (And please include a gift note, as we would love to say thank  you!) 


Sponsor a Bookcase 

Additionally, we are hosting a fundraising campaign  which provides community members and businesses with an exclusive opportunity to “Sponsor a Bookcase” in our shop.  The cost to sponsor various sizes of bookcases ranges from $250 to $1,000. All donors will be recognized with commemorative plaques to be placed permanently on the bookcases.  If you are interested in learning more about making a contribution in this manner, please email Barbara Beaman for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the Friends of ELITE

Become a member – it’s free!

  • Volunteer to become a Committee Chair. We need people who will coordinate gathering volunteers from the general community and from Trumbull High. We also need an Events Coordinator who will help form committees to host various activities.(Author Visits/Book Talks, Poetry Night, Children’s storytime, Bingo, Karaoke Nights & more), and others who would like to coordinate our fundraising. 
  • Volunteer to serve on a specific committee. This could be for an event, for fund raising, to write grants, or to help inform and recruit local businesses to offer site work.
  • Help provide support in getting our messages across to the membership by way of social media, including our website and newsletter.
  • Whatever you can do will make a difference. Let us know how you’d like to help. There’s a place for you with Friends of ELITE

To find out more, go to the Friends of ELITE website: https://foe.nuland.site

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We greatly appreciate your support and enthusiasm and can’t wait to see you at NCB!