FIFTEEN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AWARDED $1.9 MILLION TO HELP BOOST STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
BOISE – The State Department of Education has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to 15 afterschool programs across Idaho to help boost academic support, cultural enrichment and educational development for parents of students attending the program.
The Department awards funds through the federal Title IV-B, known as 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The goals of 21st CCLC are to provide academic enrichment to reduce achievement gaps, offer recreation and physical activity as well as social and cultural enrichment after school, and to give the families of students in afterschool programs opportunities for literacy and educational development. Idaho’s program seeks to reduce and eliminate achievement gaps and increase student engagement in school.
“Afterschool programs, like the ones funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, expand learning time for students most at risk of falling behind,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. “This is a great opportunity for these students to learn important skills that will help them in all areas of their lives. I congratulate successful grantees and encourage these communities to get involved and support the programs.”
Structured, high-quality afterschool programs are a key component to preventing violence, drug use and risky behaviors. Idaho 21st CCLC afterschool programs have demonstrated success in cultivating academic success among low-performing students.
The competitive grant awards for the 2013-2014 school year ranged from $98,914 to $139,500 and are renewable for up to five years. Awards are determined by a stakeholder review committee and based on school and community needs, as well as the overall merit of the program proposed.
A total of $1,999,287.00 was awarded to the following districts across Idaho: