JPS Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

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Jamestown Public Schools

Jamestown Public Schools is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant from the New York State Department of Education. The grant is an annual award of $579,500 over a five-year period, yielding nearly $3 million dollars over the life of the grant for Jamestown Public Schools.

The State Education Department awarded more than $78 million in grants to school districts, not-for-profits, institutes of higher education, and other community-focused organizations to expand or establish 21st CCLCs. The funds will be used by Jamestown Schools to provide supplemental services and enrichments for some 500 Jamestown elementary and middle school students. Fletcher Elementary School currently benefits from a New York State Education Department Community Schools grant, which sunsets this June, making this successful 21st CCLC application especially timely.

“The 2017-2022 21st Century Community Learning Centers award satisfies a long-awaited need for financial stability among Jamestown’s after school programs,” said Julie Poppleton, JPS Coordinator of Extended Learning, Family & Community Engagement. “The district has been bereft of 21st CCLC support since 2014, when the Round 4 funding cycle expired. Subsequent Round 5 and 6 bids for 21st CCLC awards were unsuccessful, but perseverance and passion have finally paid off. The district, and its community partners, the YWCA, YMCA, Chautauqua Striders, Jamestown Community Learning Council, Infinity, CASAC and the Hispanic Community Council can continue to provide safe supervision and enriching out-of-school experiences for K-8 students and families that complement and extend the learning that occurs during the school day, and helps parents stay in the workforce. Our programs are safe, and that means more of our kids are safe during the critical after school hours between 3:00 and 6:00 PM. It’s a beautiful thing!”

21st Century Community Learning Centers provide opportunities for academic enrichment, particularly for students attending low-performing schools; offer supplemental services such as youth development programs, after school activities, health and wellness education, and counseling; and help families of students served by the centers become more involved in their children’s education.

“We know that many of our students need support beyond the hours of the regular school day. We also know that many of them—and their families—need convenient and reliable access to programs and services that go beyond academics,” State Education Commissioner Elia said. “This funding will allow more schools to reach even more of our young people, especially those who would need them the most. That is why it is imperative that the federal government continues to fund this important program in the coming years.”

New York City public schools and New York City-based not-for-profits were awarded nearly $43 million, with the rest of the Big 5 (Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Yonkers) receiving $11 million for their schools and community groups. The remaining $25 million will go to districts and other community organizations in the rest of the State.

The grant is an annual award over a five-year period that begins July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2022, subject to availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education and satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year. Additionally, to be eligible for the grant, at least two thirds of the students to be served must attend schools that are eligible for school wide programs under Title I, Section 1114 of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and their families, or schools with at least 40 percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch, and their families.