21st Century Community Learning Centers
CASE for Kids is the fiscal agent for two 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants, supporting 20 centers in the greater Houston area. The 21st CCLC Program, funded by the US Department of Education, provides a structured, safe, and supervised place for learning and social interaction. In Texas, these federal dollars are administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the Texas ACE project – the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education™ (ACE).
Texas ACE provides extended learning opportunities for children and their families and offers innovative, hands-on activities that reinforce and complement students’ regular academic programs. These before and afterschool, as well as summer, activities are based on research and best practices and include academic enrichment, challenging curriculum, and tutorial services. Texas ACE strives to increase promotion and graduation rates and helps students prepare for college and the workplace.
CASE for Kids partners with local school districts and charter
schools to implement Texas ACE programs in elementary, middle and high school
campuses. These partnerships allow schools to develop and put into action
programs that meet the needs of their students, families and communities with
the support of CASE for Kids staff through technical assistance, professional
development, budget management and site observation visits. Together,
CASE for Kids and Texas ACE sites create quality 21st CCLC programs that offer
activities focused on four core components.
1. Academic Support – such as tutorials, project-based learning and small group instruction;
2. Enrichment Opportunities – such as martial arts, journalism, culinary arts, photography, and foreign languages;
3. Adult Learning Activities – such as GED classes, financial literacy workshops, parent training opportunities, and English as a second language; and
4. College and Career Readiness – college campus visits, interactive sessions with professionals from a variety of fields, test preparation, and vocational training.
In 2015-2016, CASE for Kids, Texas ACE programs served a total of 2,873 students for 30 days or more during the school year and summer; and 1,475 parents during monthly events or classes. For the 2016-2017 school year, CASE for Kids, Texas ACE programs are projected to serve a total of 2,110 students for 30 days or more; and 800 parents.
CASE 21st CCLC Cycle 8 Sites
CASE 21st CCLC Cycle 9 Sites
2016 End of Year Celebration
21st CCLC sites
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