November 16, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $7.8 Million Awarded to Expand After-School Programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Governor Cuomo Announces $7.8 Million Awarded to Expand After-School Programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Funding Supports the Creation of 4,860 Additional Slots Through the Empire State After-School Program - An Increase of 250 Percent

Part of $35 Million Investment to Support High-Need School Districts Statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $7.8 million in Empire State After-School Program funding has been awarded to two high-need school districts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. This funding will support the addition of 4,860 new slots, bringing the total number to 6,795 - a 251 percent increase over last year. First announced in January as part of the Governor's 2017 State of the State, a total of $35 million in funding has been enacted in the 2017-2018 Budget to provide districts across the state with these five-year grants.

"An investment in our children is an investment in the future of this state," Governor Cuomo said. "These after-school programs will help ensure young New Yorkers in high-need school districts receive the guidance they need, while helping bring positive change to these communities and laying the foundation for a stronger New York for all."

Research has shown that after-school programs are associated with lower school drop-out rates and a reduction in juvenile crime. School districts receiving funding are in communities with high rates of child poverty and many are in communities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Additional research has shown that children enrolled in high-quality after-school programs have better peer relations, emotional adjustment, conflict-resolution skills, and overall conduct in school, as well as higher scores on standardized tests in math, reading, and language arts. Quality after-school programs have also been found to have a $3 return on investment for every dollar spent.

The following districts have been awarded funding in the Mid-Hudson Valley:

School District

Children Served

Funding Amount

East Ramapo Central School District



Fallsburg Central School District



Monticello Central School District



Newburgh Enlarged City School District



Poughkeepsie City School District



Yonkers City School District






The following schools by district have received funding in the Mid-Hudson Valley:

East Ramapo Central School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Kakiat
  • Eldorado Elementary School
  • Elmwood Elementary School
  • Grandview Elementary School
  • Margetts Elementary School
  • Wellcore, Inc.
  • Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center
  • Arts Horizons, Inc.
  • Mentoring in Medicine
  • CulturePlay will provide enrichment in technology education.
  • ExpandED Schools

Fallsburg Central School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Fallsburg Junior Senior High School
  • Benjamin Cosor Elementary School
  • CareerVisions Institute
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County
  • Hurleyville Maker's Lab
  • Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County
  • Peaceful Schools

Monticello Central School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Emma C. Chase Elementary School
  • George L. Cooke Elementary School
  • Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School
  • Boys & Girls Club of Town of Wallkill
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County

Newburgh Enlarged City School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Newburgh Free Academy West Campus
  • South Middle School
  • Temple Hill Academy
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magnet School
  • Newburgh Free Academy Main
  • Newburgh Free Academy North
  • Burn Bright International
  • Hudson Valley Writing Project
  • Newburgh Performing Arts Academy
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh

Poughkeepsie City School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Poughkeepsie High School
  • Poughkeepsie Middle School
  • Morse Elementary
  • Warring Elementary
  • Krieger Elementary
  • Clinton Elementary
  • The Leadership Program, Inc.
  • Mill Street Loft, Inc.
  • Poughkeepsie Farm Project
  • R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc.
  • C.O.L.O.R.S. Foundation
  • Family Services
  • Project Thunder
  • MPOWER Financing
  • Spark Media Project

Yonkers City School District:

Schools and Community Partners Receiving Funding:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy
  • School 23
  • School 13
  • Palisade Preparatory
  • Charles R. Gorton High School
  • Riverside High School
  • School 9
  • Cedar Place School
  • Enrico Fermi School
  • Richard C. Dodson School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Yonkers Montessori Academy
  • Yonkers Middle High School
  • Saunders Trade and Technical High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • The Black United Fund of New York (BUFNY)
  • WestHab
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)
  • Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE)
  • CLUSTER Community Services

"These after-school programs will help ensure young New Yorkers in high-need school districts receive the guidance they need."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Governor first announced the availability of funds in May, which will support the creation or expansion of after-school programs in high-need school districts statewide. Administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the two Long Island school districts will receive annual installments for the five-year grant period.

The Empire State After-School Program funding builds on Governor Cuomo's continued commitment to advance education across the state. This year alone, funding for education increased 4.6 percent in the Mid-Hudson Valley, delivering $2.3 billion to schools throughout the region. These investments have led to a growth in graduation rates across New York, including a 79 percent graduation rate in the Mid-Hudson Valley in 2017.

Funding for New York's Community Schools initiative also received an increase in funding this year, with an additional $50 million to support children and families across the state, and increased access to services including health care, elder care, nutrition education, job training and counseling.

Governor Cuomo Makes an Announcement at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School

State Office of Children and Family Services Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, "This funding will provide thousands more children in our state with a safe, supported and nurturing place to go after school, which gives parents peace of mind while providing students with an environment that will contribute to their academic and social success."

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said, "A child's development doesn't stop when the school bell rings at the end of the day, and neither should our support of that learning," Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. "After-school programs, like those funded by these grants, are a critical piece of the effort to provide equitable learning to all of our children and offer families additional support they need to make sure students are prepared for successful futures."

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, "The research is clear. Strong afterschool programs provide a wide range of benefits for children, families and their communities. These programs can enhance academic performance, improve classroom behavior, reduce unhealthy and risky behaviors, encourage physical activity and good dietary habits, and provide a safe and supportive environment for the children of working parents. I applaud the Governor and the legislature for making these benefits available to so many children and families across the State."

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chair of the New York State Senate Education Committee said, "We have seen time and time again the positive impact after school programs have on our students. By providing increased opportunities for learning in a safe environment, children are given the choice of pursuing constructive progress instead of destructive mistakes. Anytime we have the resources to add significant seats to these programs, we must. I commend Governor Cuomo for his dedication to these efforts and look forward to doing even more next year."

Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee said, "I am very excited about the progress that we are making for students across our state. Educators, parents and stakeholders all agree that the hours immediately following the end of the school day are among the most difficult for working families who struggle to access resources for their children. This funding will not only provide peace of mind, it will ensure that there are safe and rewarding options within reach of the students and families who need it most. I want to thank our partners in government and all of the hardworking educators and advocates for their tireless efforts to promote success for New York's students."

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Yonkers' students and families truly appreciate being the beneficiary of Governor Cuomo's new Empire State After-School Program and the support we received from our legislative delegation, Senators Andrea Stewart Cousins and George Latimer and Assembly members Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow. Fondly referred to in Yonkers as YASA - Yonkers After School Academies, Educating Minds to Prepare Inspire and Reach Excellence (EMPIRE) - has the ultimate goal of decreasing many risk factors and increasing protective factors for students who are attending the most economically disadvantaged schools. YASA will offer many outlets of assistance over a five-year period, including weekly, Saturday and summer academies focused on research-based strategies to enhance the academic, social, emotional and developmental health of the students. Through the efforts of the Governor more than 6,500 Yonkers students at nine schools assisted by 15 community agencies will be offered enriched after-school academies for targeted learners. YASA will provide opportunities for analytical thinking and inquiry, help students build a strong foundation in literacy and math, foster the social and emotional learning linked to success in young adulthood, and engage with families in ways that strengthen student achievement and family success. The Governor's initiative will change the course of the students' lives bringing hope, positivity and tools so they can ultimately have a brighter and more successful future."

Deborah Wortham, East Ramapo Superintendent, said, "The Governor has been a strong advocate for our educational system, and today's announcement marks another historic milestone in new York State's commitment to education. The Governor recognizes that a child's education doesn't end at the end of the school day, and today he is sending a clear signal that new York state is committed to supporting young people at every step of the way. This funding will benefit thousands of students across the region by providing a framework for success."

Tammy Mangus, Monticello Superintendent, said, "Today Governor Cuomo is once again stepping up for our young people. Along with the Governor's first-rate initiatives like pre-K, after school programming will ensure our children are receiving the high-quality education they deserve and improve their chances of getting into college, getting a job and so much more. I am grateful for his leadership on this issue, which will pay dividends for generations to come."

Dr. Ivan Katz, Fallsburg Superintendent, said, "These grant funds allow our kids to fill their after school hours with opportunities for learning that otherwise would have been a blank void. They can now seize the day with the kind of tools that will help them face the challenges of an ever changing global society."

Newburgh Superintendent Dr. Roberto Padilla said, "Bright students ensure bright futures and by investing in after school programming, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that the school day does not end when the final bell rings. With this funding, school districts can design programs to help their students continue to grow and thrive even after school hours, helping to secure a brighter New York for all."

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. ESPRI focuses on using existing resources more effectively and purposefully to end poverty, strengthen relationships between the business, public and nonprofit sectors in each community, and ensure greater coordination between state and local government to expand economic opportunity for all New Yorkers.

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