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Woodbridge Schools Win Community Learning Center Grants

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — More help is coming for economically disadvantaged students at schools in Woodbridge.

Three schools – Mills Godwin and Fred M. Lynn middle schools, and Freedom High School – will awarded grants from the Virginia Department of Edudcation for their 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

The programs allow children and their parents to participate in reading and math learning on evenings and weekends. There are about 140 community learning center programs at schools across the state.

Here’s more from the Virginia Department of Education:

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is awarding 47 new grants to fund 21st-Century Community Learning Centers across the commonwealth. The competitive grants, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, will allow school divisions, faith-based organizations and community groups to provide tutoring, enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs, literacy and other educational services to the students and their families.

In addition, VDOE continues funding of 52 programs that received initial grants in 2012 and 2013. The 21st-Century Community Learning Centers program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

 Applicants were encouraged to consult with parents, community groups, businesses, arts and cultural organizations and other youth development agencies to develop successful applications and programs before school, after school, Saturdays and during school breaks and summer vacation.

So, have these programs helped children?

A recently authored report on the VDOE’s website has some mixed findings. For children in third through eighth grades in the reading component of the program, “the proficiency and standardized SOL scaled  score analyses showed that there was no statistically significant impact of 21st CCLC  participation on statewide reading assessments.”

But scores showed improvement in the same age ranges for children in the math programs. 


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