April 9, 2008

STATE ED BOARD ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR BEFORE, AFTER SCHOOL CENTERS

Three Nebraska communities have been awarded new federal grants for before- and after-school programs.

Before- and after-school programs will soon open at 11 new sites in the Columbus, Madison and the Omaha communities. These programs provide extra help for students in reading, mathematics and other studies.

The State Board of Education recently approved grants for the following new programs:

In addition, five quality programs at 15 sites across the state will continue to receive federal grants for 21st Century Community Learning Center programming. These grants are available for five years. The programs are:

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Doug Christensen said the centers offer a variety of services to help students meet academic standards including remedial education, academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring and programs for students learning English for the first time. The programs also address technology, family engagement, family literacy, counseling and drug and violence prevention.

The primary goals of 21st Century Community Learning Centers are improved student learning, increased social benefits and positive behavioral changes as well as increased family and community engagement in Nebraska schools.

“These after-school programs join other Nebraska 21st CCLC centers to provide more than 5,700 youth a safe, supportive environment with activities and experiences that promote their academic and social development,” said Karen Stevens, director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

In the past five years, the Nebraska Department of Education has awarded 34 First-Time federal grants for students at 88 different sites in 24 Nebraska communities.