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Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million in Empire State After-School Program Awards

Latest Round of Funding Expands the Empire State After-School Program to 80 Programs and More Than 34,000 Slots Statewide
 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in Empire State After-School Program funding is being awarded to 33 high-need school districts and community-based organizations. Now in its third year, the additional funds build on two years of growth with an additional 6,250 after-school program slots, bringing the total number of children served to more than 34,000 statewide.
 
"After-school programs help students stay on track and offer a positive and productive place for students to spend their after-school hours, giving parents peace of mind," Governor Cuomo said.  "By increasing the availability of after-school program slots, we can guide even more students to find the right path to success."
 
Research shows that children who participate in quality after-school programs have better attendance, higher academic achievement, and are less likely to be involved in risky behaviors after the bell rings to close the school day.
 
As a condition of eligibility, school districts must adopt quality indicators such as a quality learning environment, staff-to-student interaction and student outcomes.
 
Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila J. Poole said, "After-school programs provide a fun and enriching way to improve academic and social success for children. Students receive academic support and can explore new activities and interests after the regular school day has ended."
 
Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said, "Our strong after-school programs are safe, educational opportunities that provide a wide range of benefits. With more access, families are lifted up and the entire community thrives meaning this is a critical investment."
 
Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said, "We are looking to support families in need throughout the entire day. Our community-based after-school programs help students in age-appropriate educational and recreational activities and offer more support for regular assignments. The Board of Regents and I are grateful to Governor Cuomo for giving students access to these safe, productive activities."
 
AWARDEES
 
Long Island: $2.4M
Amityville Union Free School District
 $680,000
Hempstead Union Free School District
 $680,000
YMCA of Long Island (serving Huntington Union Free School District)
 $217,600
Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (serving Riverhead Central School District)
 $312,000
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk (serving Sachem Central School District)
 $510,400
 
NYC: $4M
District 2: Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
$81,600
District 4: "I Have A Dream" Foundation - NY
$73,600
District 6: Fresh Youth Initiatives
$81,600
District 8: Casita Maria
$408,000
District 9: The Crenulated Company
$203,200
District 10: NYC School District
$680,000
District 12: East Side House
$441,600
District 14: St. Nick's Alliance Corporation
$353,600
District 17: Kids Creative 404
$163,200
District 18: University Settlement Society of New York
$163,200
District 19: Grand Street Settlement
$136,000
District 20: New York City School District
$380,800
District 21: NIA Community Services Network
$424,000
District 22: CAMBA
$81,600
District 23: I'Raise Girls & Boys International Corp.
$136,000
District 28: Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
$67,200
District 29: Southern Queens Park Association
$78,400
District 30: Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
$46,400
 
Upstate Region: $3.6M
 
Hudson Valley
East Ramapo Central School District
$680,000
Peekskill City School District
$521,600
Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh (serving Newburgh City School District)
$380,800
Poughkeepsie City School District
$353,600
Kingston City School District
$272,000
 
Central NY
Syracuse City School District
$312,000
Booker T. Washington Community Center of Auburn (serving Auburn City School District)
$163,200
 
Western NY
Urban League of Rochester (serving Rochester City School District)
$136,000
Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo (serving Buffalo City School District)
$408,000
 
Capital Region
Amsterdam City School District
$372,800
 
Importance of After-School
After-school programs give children the opportunity to thrive in an environment that encourages exploration and creative expression. They provide inspiring and enriching activities that the kids often do not receive elsewhere. After-school programs allow children to discover their potential and uncover their interests and be a part of their own community. After-school programs provide a structured and resourceful environment that invests in a child's development - from social emotional development, to better understanding of their interests and goals, to identifying their likes and dislikes, to valuing team efforts and taking chances in a safe environment where they are mentored and encouraged.
 
 

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