News

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2007

ISBE awards $13 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for high-poverty and low-performing schools


35 schools and community organizations receive funds for after school programs to improve student performance

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the awarding of $13 million for after school tutoring and mentoring programs at 35 Illinois schools and community organizations. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grants primarily serve students from low-income, underperforming school districts and are a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act.

“These grants provide students and their families with another layer of support to be successful in school,” said State Superintendent Christopher Koch. “These 21st Century Learning Centers will provide enrichment opportunities to students in areas where we know extra help is needed. Anything we can do to assist a student’s learning, either through before- or after-school programming will only provide benefits.”

21st Century Community Learning Center grants will primarily serve students who attend schools with a population of at least 40 percent from low-income families. They provide opportunities to students and their families to continue learning new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended. Academic assistance must focus on reading and mathematics, concentrating on the Illinois Learning Standards and locally developed standards in core subject areas that complement the regular academic program.

In addition to tutoring and mentoring, the 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. Parental involvement activities and extended library hours are other possible activities.

School District/ROE/Organization Funding Recommendations
Alton Community Unit School District 11
$140,000
Beacon Street Gallery and Performance Co
$125,000
Beardstown CUSD #15
$300,000
Benton Consolidated High School District #103
$125,000
Berwyn South School District 100
$100,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago
$600,000
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
$125,000
Build, Inc
$125,000
Bureau Henry Stark ROE #28
$250,000
Canton Union School District #66
$125,000
Chicago Area Project
$225,000
Chicago Public School Dist. #299
$2,440,459
Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois
$240,000
Cities in Schools Aurora 2000, Inc
$300,000
Decatur Public Schools #61
$394,541
Dime Child Foundation
$175,000
Dolton West School District #148
$130,000
East St. Louis School District 189
$700,000
Family Focus, INC
$800,000
Homework Hangout Club, Inc
$100,000
Illinois Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs
$900,000
Jones Memorial Community Center
$125,000
Metropolitan Family Services
$400,000
Mount Vernon City Schools
$140,000
Nicasa
$275,000
Northwestern University Settlement Assoc.
$125,000
Project Success of Vermillion County
$250,000
Rock Island ROE #48
$140,000
Rockford School District 205
$700,000
Southwest Youth Collaborative
$125,000
Springfield Public School District # 186
$500,000
Springfield Urban League, Inc
$410,000
Waukegan Community School District
$275,000
Waukegan Community School District
$225,000
Westside Health Authority
$140,000
Will County ROE
$750,000
Total Funding
$13,000,000

Eighty-two proposals totaling more than $37 million were received from Illinois public school districts, charter schools, regional offices of education, universities, and community organizations throughout Illinois.

This 21st Century grant is made for a five year period dependent upon sufficient funding from the federal government for future years and the program having satisfactory progress in the preceding year. The FY 2008 grants start July 1, 2007 and end June 30, 2008, with the possibility of renewal through FY 2012.