Empowering the Community for Excellence ( ETCFE) is a community-based, non-profit organization principally formed in response to the disturbingly high number of students in Crowley who do not meet benchmark level of proficiency in math and language arts skills appropriate for their grade level. ETCFE provides an educational environment that partners certified teachers with low-income, under-achieving students in small-class settings to provide free academic support with the goal of improving proficiency in math and language arts. Tutoring sessions are aligned with the State of Louisiana Common Core Curricula, and students are given remediation in skills in which they are deficient and reinforcement in skills they grasp. Our mission is to identify academically at-risk children starting at a young age and provide the academic assistance they need but cannot afford. The intention is to promote improvement in their academic performance, and thereby lay a foundation for continued success, not only during their school years but beyond, so that they will become productive citizens after they graduate. Even though our focus is on low-income students in grades 1-5, we will accept any student needing the assistance provided space is available. Middle and high school students are taking advantage of our free tutoring program as well.