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21st Century Community Learning Center Grant awarded to EdAdvance in Partnership with the Torrington Public Schools

February 8th, 2018


EdAdvance, the Regional Educational Service Center in western Connecticut, was recently awarded a $270,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant to implement a five-year after school program for Torrington Middle School students.  The 21st Century Advantage+ Program (CAP21) will support the delivery of high quality after school programming for 30 students and their families at no cost to participants.  Due to the competitive nature of the grant and limited state funding, only 40% of the proposals submitted were funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services, and Adult Education.
 
CAP21 will extend students’ out-of-school learning time with engaging and evidence-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), literacy, health, and wellness enrichment opportunities that cultivate both academic and social-emotional growth in students. CAP21 also integrates a culturally responsive Parent Partnership Program to support parents’ involvement in their students’ learning.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Kitching, EdAdvance’s Executive Director, commented, “This collaboration with the Torrington Public Schools will provide 21st century experiences to inspire and advance student learning beyond the school day.  School Age Programs at EdAdvance is a statewide leader in the design and delivery of quality before and after school enrichment programs for youth, and we are excited to offer these programs to middle school students in Torrington.”

Denise L. Clemons, Torrington Superintendent of Schools continued, “This grant award will remove barriers for those who may not be able to afford a comprehensive after school program and will provide additional academic support for students. The district looks forward to this partnership and all that it will do to help create positive outcomes for our students.”

For more information on the program and how to register, contact:  Tracey Lay, EdAdvance’s Director of School Age Programs, lay@edadvance.org or 860-567-0863 x143.

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