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For Immediate Release
Monday, June 5, 2006

ISBE Announces Recipients of 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grants

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced awards to Illinois schools and organizations through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program for Fiscal Year 2007. A total of $6.1 million is available for funding that will be divided among the 16 successful bidders.

The 21st CCLC Program, a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act, is an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended.

In January 2006, the Illinois State Board of Education issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers competitive grant program, with a March 16, 2006 deadline for application submission. Seventy-three proposals totaling $26 million were received from Illinois public school districts, charter schools, regional offices of education, universities, and community faith based organizations throughout Illinois.

The focus of this program is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools with a high concentration of students from low-income families. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math.

“The funding enables us to go into Chicago’s public schools and contribute to the educational advancement of low-income and at-risk teens with our after-school program,” said Kelly Cirino, program director for National Puerto Rican Forum in Chicago.

In addition to tutoring and mentoring, 21st CCLC programs can also provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling and character education to enhance the academic component of the program.

This 21st Century grant is made for a five year period contingent on a sufficient annual appropriation from the federal government for future years and the program having satisfactory progress in the preceding year. The FY 2007 grant starts July 1, 2006, and ends June 30, 2007.

Proposals were evaluated by a panel of school and university officials familiar with all aspects of 21st Century Community Learning Centers and after-school programs.

Schools and organizations receiving grants are:

  • Alton School District 11, Alton
  • Bureau, Henry, Stark Regional Office of Education 28, Atkinson
  • Centers for New Horizons, Chicago
  • City of Chicago Schools 299
  • Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago
  • Chicago Area Project, Chicago
  • Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago
  • Cites in Schools Aurora 2000, Inc, Aurora
  • Dolton West School District 148, Riverdale
  • Family Focus, Inc., Chicago
  • National Puerto Rican Forum, Chicago
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
  • Revere Community Partners Fund, Chicago
  • Rockford Public Schools, Rockford
  • School District U-46, Elgin
  • Urban Solutions Association, Chicago

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