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RIDE Awards $2.6M for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Grants Provided to 10 Organizations for After-School and Summer Programs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has awarded $2,687,000 in grants to 10 community-based organizations that provide high-quality after-school and summer programs for Rhode Island youth, with a focus on high-need communities. This program is federal funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative.

“Learning isn’t confined to the classroom or the school day; learning can happen anywhere. Through the 21st Century CLC initiative, we are able to expand access to after-school and summer programs that build upon and enhance traditional teaching and learning,” said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner. “These grant award winners represent some of the innovative work happening in education within our communities, and we’re excited to partner with these programs and offer our support to help more Rhode Island students.”

Programs in the 21st Century CLC initiative offer academic support, enrichment, and family-engagement services, and grants are awarded through a partnership between a local education agency and a community-based organization. The 10 organizations funded through this round of grants are:

  • East Bay Community Action Program / Newport Public Schools: $122,000
  • Newport Community School / Newport Public Schools: $160,000
  • Empowerment Factory / Pawtucket School Department: $795,000
  • Providence After School Alliance / Providence Public School Department: $550,000
  • DownCity Design / Providence Public School Department: $160,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence / Providence Public School Department: $160,000
  • New Urban Arts / Providence Public School Department: $245,000
  • Genesis Center / Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program: $90,000
  • Connecting for Children & Families, Inc. / Woonsocket Education Department: $245,000
  • RiverzEdge Arts / Woonsocket Education Department: $160,000

With this year’s round of grants, Rhode Island now has 23 agencies operating 21st Century Community Learning Centers, serving a total of 47 schools in high-need communities.

Each of these grantees address either early foundations or advanced learning, which encompass the state’s 21st Century CLC priorities. Through early foundations, programs develop strategies to ensure young students are on appropriate educational and developmental trajectories, and through advanced learning, programs develop strategies to ensure older students have personalized learning opportunities during out-of-school hours that will make them college and career ready.