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10 Communities Receive Funding to Support Afterschool

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction awarded 10 districts and community organizations this week with a total of $3.9 million a year for five years through the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center program. The following districts and communities will be receiving funds to disburse to schools or communities within their jurisdiction, you can view the full list of sites and amounts awarded here.

The 21st Century CLC program is the only federal funding stream to support afterschool and summer programs.  OSPI’s press release explains how, “21st Century Community Learning Center helps students meet state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment. It also provides students with a broad array of other activities — such as counseling, art, music, recreation, technology and character education. In addition to serving students, the centers serve the families of those students by providing literacy and related educational development opportunities.”

Funding for this program is currently at-risk as Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Visit the Afterschool Alliance’s website for more information on this program and policy considerations currently underway.  School’s Out Washington will also be tracking this issue and will keep you up to date over the next several months.

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