HELENA—The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced 16 recipients of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants today. These grants fund after school and summer programs. The OPI received 40 applications and awarded over $3 million to the 16 successful applicants this year. The grants run for 5 years. In total, Montana now has 47 grantees and 107 centers operating across the state. The 16 new recipients are listed at the bottom of this release.

This year, there were increased expectations on program outcomes which resulted in larger grant awards than previous years. Grants were also awarded to ensure geographic diversity. Successful applicants include 4 Boys & Girls Clubs, 1 United Way, 1 schools/faith based consortium, 6 school consortia, and 4 school-based programs. Consortia models enabled smaller schools, who otherwise would not have had the capacity, to run a program.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.”

Summer learning has been a focus under Superintendent Arntzen’s “Montana Learn” initiative to promote math and literacy achievement. The OPI has made online summer math and reading resources available to students, families, and organizations through our website: http://opi.mt.gov/Families-Students/Summer-Learning-Challenges.

2018 grant recipients:

Phillips Co Coalition for Healthy Choice

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lewistown

HELP Com and Boys & Girls Club

Boulder Elementary

Ronan High School

Rocky Boy High School

Cascade Elementary

East Helena Elementary

Butte Elementary

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cascade County

Lodge Grass Elementary

Huntley Project K-12 Schools

Conrad Elementary

Missoula Elementary

Hot SpringsK-12 (Hot Springs-Plains High School)

Greater Gallatin United Way

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Dylan Klapmeier

Director of Communications and Federal Relations

Montana Office of Public Instruction

 

   

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