Bringing Education to After-School Programs- Summer 1999

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After-School Programs

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is a key component of the Clinton-Gore Administration?s effort to keep our children safe and help them learn after school. Congress has supported this initiative by appropriating $200 million for after-school programs in fiscal year 1999, up from $40 million in 1998. The president is requesting a further increase in the program up to $600 million for the FY2000 budget. This expansion is strongly justified by a recent report by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on the effectiveness of after-school programs, and by data collected by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation that clearly document the public?s strong desire to make quality after-school programs available to all children. Overwhelmingly, Americans favor providing school-based after-school programs in their own community (93 percent).

The reasons why the public supports these programs are clear:




As you think about organizing and implementing an after-school, here are some materials available on the U.S. Department of Education?s website or at that can be useful to you:

  • Safe and Smart: Making After-School Programs Work for Kids
  • Keeping Schools Open as Community Learning Centers
  • Give Us Wings, Let Us Fly

If you would like hard copies, you can order these materials by calling toll free 1-877-4ED-PUBS, or order on-line by going to

Since FY 1998, 1,601 Community Learning Centers within 468 communities in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have been funded to establish or expand school-based after-school programs for our nation?s children. These grants will enable rural and inner-city schools in nearly every state to provide programs that will serve about 400,000 students and members of the community after school, weekends and summers, in safe, drug-free, and supervised learning environments. The proposed $600 million increase in FY 2000 will create an additional 3,200 centers (or almost 5,000 in total) and serve over 1.6 million children.

Central to their mission, these centers have the potential to provide positive enhancement of critical skills. For example, centers can promote: reading and mathematics tutoring, engaging activities to prepare students for college early, hands-on opportunities for young people to become invested in the teaching profession as a career, access to technology and telecommunications, involvement in the arts and music, and activities to promote parent involvement and lifelong learning that can directly and indirectly benefit their children. The U.S. Department of Education's new initiatives are designed for these purposes and can be helpful in developing and delivering quality after-school programs.

This booklet will provide schools with ideas on how they can use their after-school program in new and effective ways to promote student achievement and meet the needs of their students and community. Each of the activities illustrated below includes suggestions for additional resources that are available through the U.S. Department of Education.


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Last Updated -- August 30, 1999, (glc)