State Department of Education Announces $3.5 Million in Afterschool Program Grants
Maryland State Department of Education Announces
$3.5 Million in Afterschool Program Grants
Federal money to fund additional learning centers across Maryland
BALTIMORE, MD (July 17, 2012) – Thirteen programs in six Maryland jurisdictions have been awarded $3.5 million in grants by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program.
The 21st CCLC grants provide services to children who attend high poverty schools or schools identified for improvement. The grant requires that each proposal offer opportunities for literacy and related educational development to families of participating students. There also is an emphasis on closing the achievement gap between those receiving free and reduced meals (FARMS) and students not receiving such assistance.
The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is to create centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities that support what is learned in the classroom. The programs are unique because they also provide an array of enrichment activities. Together, the centers show students the real world connection to what they learn in the classroom and how they can improve their communities.
The grant process was open to public and private organizations including non-profit agencies, city and county government agencies, faith-based groups, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations. Fifty-six organizations applied for grants. The groups awarded grants in this round were comprised of six local school systems, six non-profit community-based organizations, and one state university.
Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to the following programs:
In addition to improving the academic achievement and self-confidence of students, these programs keep students safe and help working families. Participants are less likely to be involved in crime and more likely to have better grades and behavior than peers left with nothing to do after school.
For more information, or if interested in receiving requests for proposals for the thirteenth round of grants, contact Kelly M. Coates, Coordinator, After School Programs, at 410-767-0561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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