The following is a press release from the Texas Education Agency:
Education Commissioner Mike Morath today announced that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded more than $ 64 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to 51 entities that will serve students at 371 centers across the state.
This federally funded program (also known as Texas Afterschool Centers on Education or Texas ACE), establishes centers that operate before and after school, as well as during the summer. These centers provide K-12 students the opportunity to access academic enrichment, tutoring services, and a wide range of additional programs and activities, such as fitness, nutrition, sciences, arts, internships and double credit.
TEA has awarded grants for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to the following Independent School Districts (ISDs) and Charters: Alief ISD; ISD of Aransas County; CIO of Atlanta; Austin ISD; Bastrop ISD; DSI of Birdville; ISD Boles; Coleman ISD: Crowley ISD; East Chambers ISD; ISD more free; Galveston ISD; Harlingen CISD; ISD hooks; Houston CIO; IDEA public schools; Jim Hogg County ISD; ISD of the town of Karnes; La Joya ISD; Levelland ISD; Lometa ISD; Mathis ISD; Mercedes ISD; New Summerfield ISD; Palestine ISD; ISD of Pasadena; Pearsall ISD; the Promesa public schools; Quinlan ISD; CISD of the city of Rio Grande; ISD of Santa Rosa; Socorro ISD; Texans Can Academies; Texas City ISD; Waxahachie Faith Family Academy; and YES Prep Public Schools.
In addition, grants for 21st Century Community Learning Centers have been awarded to the following: Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin and Travis County; Boys and Girls Clubs of Brazoria County; Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston; Brazoria County School Communities; Communities in North Texas Schools; Communities in Southern Plains Schools; Region 12 Educational Services Center (Waco); Region 13 Educational Services Center (Austin); Stars after school in Greater San Antonio; Harris County Department of Education; Jeunesse SA; Save the Children Federation; Southernmost College in Texas; and YMCA of Greater Houston.
Texas ACE programs are designed to provide students with an additional, safe learning opportunity while school is not in session. The programs are free for participants. The federal program gives priority to students who attend poorly performing schools.
This is the tenth cohort of grants awarded by TEA since the authorization of the federal program in 2002. Grant funding will begin August 1, 2018 and continue through July 2021. Thirteen programs were qualified to receive funds until ‘in July 2023. TEA will provide technical support and training services to all fellows throughout the year.
Programs must begin serving students by September 4 and provide regular service for at least 15 hours per week during the school year and four hours per day for six weeks during the summer.
The full list of grant recipients is available here: https://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/Grants/Grants_Awarded/2018%E2%80%932019_Texas_21st_Century_Community_Learning_Centers,_Cycle_10,_Year_1_Grant/.
To learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers or the Texas ACE Program, visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Support_for_At-Risk_Schools_and_Students/21st_Century_Community_Learning_Centas_ACE/_Texas .
(Texas Education Agency press release)