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DPI supports out-of-school time programming by awarding nearly $9M to sites serving students in low-income areas

Funding part of Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program
Monday, July 18, 2022

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded $8.8 million to 77 sites across the state to support student learning and development opportunities during out-of-school time hours.
 
The funds were allocated to the Wisconsin DPI by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program. These programs aim to improve student achievement, attendance, and behavior by providing enriching academic activities for youth during non-school hours.
 
About 10,000 Wisconsin students received services through 21st CCLC programs in 2021-22 at the state’s nearly 150 grant-funded sites. On average, students spent about 18 hours a week at a CCLC-funded program, receiving education in arts and music, drug and violence prevention, financial literacy, credit recovery, apprenticeships, environmental literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), in addition to tutoring services. 21st CCLC sites also offer adult family members activities that promote engagement in their children’s education.
 
Grants are made to awardees for five consecutive years, contingent on satisfactory progress toward achieving goals. Applicants for this grant funding must be Title I eligible, demonstrate how they will target students in need of academic support, and must be determined as needing additional intervention and support. For more information on the program, visit the Wisconsin DPI’s website. A full list of grant awardees can be found in PDF form on the DPI's website.

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