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February 26, 2003

Local Agencies Receive 21st Century Grants

Springfield – Thirty-five local agencies will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The funds, which total $11,539,200 statewide, will provide low-income students with high-quality, after-school programs that focus on academics, especially in reading and mathematics.

Community Learning Center grants primarily will serve students who attend schools with at least a 40 percent population from low-income families. Academic assistance must focus on reading and mathematics and concentrate on the Illinois Learning Standards and locally developed standards in core subject areas that complement the regular academic program.

These after-school programs are designed to motivate struggling students and provide them with a positive learning experience,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller. “The goal is that if these students do well in after-school programs, they also will show improvement during their regular school day.”

After-school programs will offer tutoring, mentoring and help with homework. In addition, students can participate in music, art and recreation and have access to counseling and information on drug and violence prevention.

Agencies eligible to apply for the competitive grants included public school districts, public university laboratory schools, charter schools, area vocational centers, community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, and other public private entities. Regional Offices of Education or Intermediate Service Centers also may apply for funding to coordinate and carry out activities for agencies.

The State Board of Education worked closely with the Governor’s Task Force for After School Programs and the Department of Human Services to develop guidelines for high-quality, research based after-school programs. The State Board assembled a team of educators to review applications using those guidelines.

A total of 157 applications were received for the FY03 funding. Requests for proposals for FY04 funding will be released in March.

21st Century Community Learning Centers FY2003
1. Centers For New Horizons Inc., Chicago
2. National Puerto Rican Forum Inc., Chicago
3. Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago
4. Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
5. ADA S McKinley Community Service, Chicago
6. Westside Health Authority, Chicago
7. Northwestern University Settlement, Chicago
8. Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Schaumburg
9. Build, Inc., Chicago
10 Moody Kids Club, Chicago
11. Firman Community Services, Chicago
12. Albany Park Community Center Inc., Chicago
13. Southwest Youth Collaborative, Chicago
14. Central States Service Employment Redevelopment, Jobs For Progress, Chicago
15. City of Chicago School District 299, Chicago
16. Rock Island Regional Office of Education, Moline
17. Will ROE, Joliet
18. Springfield School District 186, Springfield
19. Rockford School District 205, Rockford
20. Jones Memorial Community Center, Chicago Heights
21. Communities in Schools, Aurora
22. Aurora West Unit School District 129, Aurora
23. Prairie-Hills Elem School District 144, Markham
24. Decatur School District 61, Decatur
25. Central Baptist Family Services, Lake Villa
26. Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview-89, Maywood
27. Berwyn South School District 100, Berwyn
28. J S Morton High School District 201, Cicero
29. School District 46, Elgin
30. Kankakee Community College, Kankakee
31. YMCA Day & Kinder Camp, Springfield
32. Quincy School District 172, Quincy
33. Bureau/Henry/Stark ROE 34, Annawan
34. Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, Waukegan
35. Alton Community Unit School District 11, Alton

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777