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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2004
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Specialist
(804) 225-2775


21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants
Provide Enrichment and Opportunity

The Virginia Department of Education is awarding 25 new grants to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers in communities across the commonwealth. The grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 and will allow school divisions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to provide tutoring, enrichment, and counseling programs for students and families in high-poverty neighborhoods and low-performing schools. The department also is continuing funding of 31 community-learning programs that received initial grants in April 2003. The centers will operate before and after school, during school breaks, and during summer vacation.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program provides funding for community learning centers that offer academic enrichment and tutoring to help students meet academic standards in core subjects such as reading and mathematics. Funded centers also provide drug and violence prevention programs, counseling, fine arts, technology, character education programs, and family literacy services.

“Community learning centers reinforce and support classroom learning and can make a significant difference in the lives of children and families,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary.

Applicants were encouraged to consult with parents, community groups, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and other youth development agencies to develop successful applications and programs. The recipients for 2003-2004 funds include (school divisions indicated by an asterisk will receive multiple awards):

  • Alexandria City Public Schools

  • Amherst County Public Schools in partnership with Central Virginia Community Services

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of New River Valley in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Roanoke Valley in partnership with Roanoke City Public Schools

  • Brunswick County Public Schools in partnership with the Brunswick Mayfield Recreational Center

  • Charles City County Public Schools in partnership with the Oneness Center

  • Colonial Beach Public Schools

  • Covington City Public Schools in partnership with Alleghany Highlands YMCA

  • Cumberland County Public Schools* in partnerships with Tar Wallet Preschool and Day Care, Pleasant View Baptist Church, and Shiloh New Covenant Church

  • Franklin City Public Schools in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Hampton Roads

  • Hampton City Public Schools in partnership with InSync Partnerships

  • Lee County Public Schools

  • Newport News City Public Schools

  • Nottoway County Public Schools in partnership with Crenshaw United Methodist Church

  • Norfolk City Public Schools in partnership with Nauticus, the National Maritime Center

  • Patrick County Public Schools

  • Petersburg City Public Schools in partnership with the Petersburg Boys and Girls Club

  • Portsmouth City Public Schools

  • Prince William County Public Schools

  • Rockbridge County Public Schools in partnership with Southern Virginia University

  • Russell County Public Schools in partnership with the Cumberland Plateau Health District

  • Smyth County Public Schools

  • Wise County Public Schools in partnership with the Wellmont Foundation

Additional information about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is available on the department website at www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/OCP/21stCentury.html. Details about the next competition for 21st Century Community Learning Center funds will be announced in May.

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