Greetings Burroughs Families:
We are please to share this information with our families as we hope you’re happy to learn about this news. Some may have received this notification via email.
Dear Afterschool Parents and Families,
DC Public Schools (DCPS) is excited to announce that your school’s afterschool program, along with 53 others managed by the DCPS Out of School Time Programs Team, is now being funded in large part by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (21CCLC)! The 21CCLC grant is the only federal funding dedicated to afterschool programs in the United States, and it comes to DCPS as a 4.1 million dollar award from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). This new funding replaces the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant previously used for afterschool programs and has federal spending requirements that bring the following changes:
All students will participate for free. As of 1/16/2018, families are no longer required to submit copayments.
Programming will run through 5/30/2018, so families will need to make other afterschool plans for the last weeks of school.
What is the purpose of the 21CCLC grant?
The 21CCLC program’s specific purposes are to (1) provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including tutorial services to help students meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics; (2) offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities; and (3) offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and educational development.
How will the grant affect the program at my school?
The afterschool program will continue to provide Academic Power Hour, supper, and enrichment provided by DCPS staff and partners. Hours and service types will not change.
Communication between afterschool teachers and school-day teachers will increase to help coordinate academic support for students who need it most.
Families will be invited to attend program events that showcase student learning, especially in reading and language arts. Our goals are high in this area, so please make sure to attend! Family engagement is a core aspect of 21CCLC.
Assessments will measure how the afterschool program is impacting student grades, PARCC scores, behavior, and attendance. Our spring parent/guardian survey is important to us; your feedback plays a large factor in how we determine program quality.
Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and months! If you have urgent questions, please contact Out of School Time Programs at 202-442-5002 or email@example.com.
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