Empire State After-School Program Will Serve 22,000 Additional Students
Funding Made Available as Promised by the Governor in the 2017 State of the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $35 million in funding available for high-need school districts across New York to establish quality after-school programs. As one of the Governor's priorities included in the 2017 State of the State, this investment will support increased enrollment in after-school programs by 36 percent.
"This investment in our youngest New Yorkers is an investment in the very future of this state," Governor Cuomo said. "With this funding, we will further level the playing field for children in underserved cities across New York by expanding their access to programs and community resources that will help them get ahead and help create a stronger, fairer Empire State for all."
Eligible school districts may partner with non-profit agencies to provide after-school programs. Any school districts interested in applying must:
- Be located in municipalities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative;
- Be located in a county that had a child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015;
- Have a district child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015; or
- Had between 5,000 and 20,000 students living in poverty within the school district in 2015.
First announced in January as part of the Governor's 2017 State of the State, funding has been enacted in the 2017-2018 Budget allowing districts to receive five-year grants of $1,600 per student. Districts must adopt quality indicators assessing environment, staff-to-student interaction and student outcomes. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, which will administer the grant, expects to announce awards this fall.
The Request for Proposals is available at: http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/bcm/rfp.asp.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS ELIGIBLE
Albany City School District
Lansingburgh Central School District
Troy City School District
Whitehall Central School District
Central New York
Oswego City School District
Syracuse City School District
Rochester City School District
East Ramapo Central School District
Fallsburg Central School District
Kiryas Joel Village Union Free School District
Monticello Central School District
Newburgh City School District
Poughkeepsie City School District
Yonkers City School District
Hempstead Union Free School District
Uniondale School District
Gloversville City School District
Laurens Central School District
Oneonta City School District
Sharon Springs Central School District
Utica City School District
New York City
Bronx City School District 10
Bronx City School District 11
Bronx City School District 12
Bronx City School District 7
Bronx City School District 8
Bronx City School District 9
Kings City School District 13
Kings City School District 14
Kings City School District 15
Kings City School District 16
Kings City School District 17
Kings City School District 18
Kings City School District 19
Kings City School District 20
Kings City School District 21
Kings City School District 22
Kings City School District 23
Kings City School District 32
Morristown Central School District
Salmon River Central School District
Watertown City School District
Binghamton City School District
Downsville Central School District
Elmira City School District
Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District
Western New York
Buffalo City School District
Chautauqua Lake Central School District
Dunkirk City School District
Friendship Central School District
Jamestown City School District
Lackawanna City School District
Niagara Falls City School District
Participation in after-school programs play a major role in helping to close the opportunity gap. These programs provide an ideal setting to reach underrepresented students, which has been associated with higher academic outcomes, lower drop-out rates, and a reduction in juvenile crime. When children have access to a quality education, including pre-k and wraparound services like after-school programs, their chances of getting a good-paying job and better quality of life increases exponentially. High quality after-school programs have also been found to have a $3 return on investment for every dollar spent.
"Research shows that after-school programs are associated with lower drop-out rates and reduced juvenile crime," said acting OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. "The addition of these 22,000 slots will contribute to both the academic and social success of our children."
"This program will help to close the achievement gap in communities with underserved children," said State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. "Extending the school day will provide educational opportunity in a safe and learning-rich environment."
"Access to high quality after-school programs give children the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment," said Senator Carl L. Marcellino, chairman of the Senate Education Committee. "This needed investment will provide the kind of academic and social framework that keeps students focused on their schoolwork and out of trouble. These funds put kids on a path toward success, both in school and in life."
About the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative
The New York State Empire Poverty Reduction Initiative includes the cities with the highest concentration of poverty: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Jamestown, Oneonta, Oswego, Syracuse, Utica and Troy.
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