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Susanne Smith, (503) 947-5637

May 21, 2009

Superintendent Castillo Announces 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Awards

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced Oregon Department of Education awards of nearly $7.4 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Title IV-B funds to nineteen (19) applicants for the 2009-2014 funding cycle. The program provides money for communities and schools to offer new academic and enrichment programs during out-of-school time and education and family literacy opportunities for the participating children’s adult family members.

The program, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is targeted toward high-poverty schools to help children achieve academically and to provide quality out-of-school time programming. Many schools and community organizations applied as partners.

“This is great news for our students," said Castillo. "This funding will allow our school districts to target support for students who need it the most and can be used for academic enrichment services such as tutoring in core subjects like reading and math. We know these supports to struggling students are vital as we move forward in implementing the new Diploma requirements.”

The following applicant entities were successful in this competition:

David Douglas SD
Forest Grove SD
Gervais SD
Gresham-Barlow SD
Lane ESD
McMinnville SD
Metropolitan Family Services
Neah-Kah-Nie SD
Nyssa SD
Portland Impact NW
Portland Public SD
Redmond SD
Reynolds SD
Sheridan SD
Siuslaw SD
Springfield SD
Three Rivers SD
Union-Baker ESD
Woodburn SD

Successful applicants were awarded grants ranging from $165,000 per year to $480,000 per year.

Oregon funds 21st CCLC grants 100% of the approved award annually for years 1-3. In Year 4, funding reduces to 75% and in Year 5, the grant award is reduced to 50% of the original award.

o For more information about 21st CCLC, see U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC website at http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc. The site includes links to a variety of useful resources for program implementation and planning.
o For more 21st CCLC information, contact: Sue Parton, sue.parton@state.or.us eMail, or 503.947-5783 or Pete Ready at pete.ready@state.or.us eMail or 503.947-5785.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Communications & Legislative Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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