GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
More than $200,000 for Macdonough School for 2013-14 and 2014-15 School Years
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, today announced After-School Grant Program awards totaling $8,490,000 over the biennium to support 26 programs in 18 districts. After-school programs provide a link for communities and families for meaningful engagement in the educational development and well-being of students. Investments into high-quality after-school programs aid in supporting academic achievement, in addition to improving school attendance and in-school behaviors of the participating students.
“Growing existing programs that work and creating new after-school options not only creates a safe environment for our young people, but further supports our ceaseless efforts to level the playing field and begin to eliminate the devastating achievement gap,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said.
The grants awarded today will support 26 after-school programs in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Enfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Stafford, Stamford, Waterbury, Winchester, and Windham districts.
“To support student success across the state, we must ensure that partners are provided the opportunity to address challenges present in their communities. The After-School Grant Program is one example of how we can enable this important work,” said State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “We are grateful for the support and leadership of Governor Malloy and the General Assembly, which makes this investment possible.”
The After-School Grant Program promotes the implementation or expansion of high-quality after-school programs that operate while school is not in session. These programs provide valuable educational enrichment and recreational activities for K-12 students. Often located in elementary, secondary or other facilities, programs also assist working parents by providing a safe environment for students.
Programs are designed to complement the student’s in-school academic programming and to provide opportunities for parental or guardian involvement. After-school programs can offer a wide range of services that support student learning such as tutoring, mentoring, homework help, and enrichment opportunities like hands-on science projects. Some programs offer opportunities for community service, music, art, sports and cultural activities. Other programs might offer youth development activities such as character education, counseling; or drug, violence and pregnancy prevention programs.
The State Department of Education selected the grant recipients through a competitive process that considered the strength of the proposal to address the needs of students in their community, promote parental and community engagement, provide academic enrichment, support the overall wellness of students, and demonstrate strong program organization.