PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education announced the allocation of $3.1 million in federal grants Monday for 16 organizations that offer after-school and summer programs.
Funding comes from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. Funding from the program can be awarded yearly for five years, contingent on funding renewal. Rhode Island currently has 18 total 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
The programs funded offer academic support, enrichment and family-engagement services, RIDE said. The grants were awarded through a partnership between a local education agency and a community-based organization.
The recipients of the funding program were selected by RIDE.
“Improving outcomes for young people takes all stakeholders at the table doing their part to support academic, career, and social and emotional growth. That includes families at home, educators at school and organizations [such as] our 21st Century Learning Centers that provide critical wraparound supports and engaging, challenging programs during out-of-school time,” stated Angélica Infante-Green, commissioner of elementary and secondary education. “Learning happens both in and out of the classroom, and we must continue to support after-school and summer programs that support and supplement what students are working on during the school day.”
21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative-funded programs this year:
- Providence Public School District / YMCA of Greater Providence / BellXCEL: $360,000, targeted for Robert L. Bailey IV Elementary, Charles N. Fortes Elementary, Alfred Lima, Sr. Elementary schools.
- Providence Public School District / Providence After School Alliance: $315,000, targeted for the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, 360 High School, Hope High School.
- Woonsocket Education Department / Connecting for Children and Families: $315,000, targeted for Woonsocket Hill School, Woonsocket Middle School at Hamlet, Woonsocket Middle School at Villa Nova.
- Sheila “Skip” Nowell Leadership Academy and Rhode Island Training School / AS220: $260,000, targeted for Nowell Leadership Academy, Rhode Island Training School.
- Newport Public Schools / East Bay Community Action Program: $178,000, targeted for Claiborne Pell Elementary School.
- Newport Public Schools / Newport Community School: $175,000, targeted for Frank E. Thompson Middle School.
- Providence Public School District / ONE Neighborhood Builders / Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University: $162,000, targeted for William D’Abate Elementary School.
- East Providence School Department / Boys and Girls Club of East Providence: $160,000, targeted for Agnes B. Hennessy School.
- Providence Public School District / Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence / Providence After School Alliance: $160,000, targeted for Roger Williams Middle School.
- Woonsocket Education Department / Connecting for Children and Families: $160,000, targeted for Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School.
- East Providence School Department / Boys and Girls Club of East Providence: $159,850, targeted for Edward R. Martin Middle School.
- Cranston Public Schools / Roger Williams Park Zoo / RI Family Literacy Initiative: $157,000, targeted for Gladstone Street School.
- Cranston Public Schools / Global Science and Envirotech / Comprehensive Community Action Program: $139,100, targeted for Hugh B. Bain Middle School.
- Paul Cuffee School / Community Boating Center: $135,000, targeted for Paul Cuffee Elementary School.
- West Warwick Public Schools / YMCA of Greater Providence – Kent County Branch: $121,522, targeted for Greenbush Elementary School.
- Learning Community Charter School / Save The Bay / City of Central Falls: $120,000, targeted for the Learning Community Charter School.