The Madison area is adding five new after-school sites to the already existing six sites throughout the city thanks to a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, according to a release.
The CLC grant program will be supporting after-school activities for students at 107 new sites throughout Wisconsin for the 2013-14 school year, according to the release.
The 30 new grants and 77 continuing grants total $7.8 million, according to the release.
Those 107 new sites, along with 113 existing after-school program sites are sharing $16 million in federal CLC grant money, according to the release.
The new Madison area after-school sites include Lowell Elementary School, O’Keefe Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School, Leopold Elementary School and Sandburg Elementary School.
The CLC program considered grant proposals for 153 sites, according to the release. Grants were awarded to CLC proposals that will service schools with 40 percent or more of students living in poverty, as measured by federal school meal income eligibility. Awards were also designed to help schools with a high percentage of students who struggle academically.
Evaluation data from the CLC programs shows that 38,639 students were served throughout the state during the 2011-12 school year, according to the release.
According to the CLC, most programs averaged 14 hours of service each week with 71 percent of participating students demonstrating significant improvement in mathematics and reading.
Teacher surveys showed that 64 percent of students who regularly attend CLC activities satisfactorily complete and turn in their homework, 58 percent of students come to school motivated to learn, and 54 percent of students improve their classroom behavior, according to the release.
To see all after-school programs funded by CLC grants and funding allocations, click here.