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Erin Hutchins, Dr. David C. Mosely, Norman E. Joyner, and J. J. Edge (Source: DCSS) Erin Hutchins, Dr. David C. Mosely, Norman E. Joyner, and J. J. Edge (Source: DCSS)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With information from the Dougherty County School System-

The Dougherty County School System and the Albany Area YMCA have renewed last year's agreement to continue the 21st Century Learning Center grant.

The program supports the development of elementary students academically, physically and socially.

The after-school program was operated last year at Magnolia Elementary School, and leaders of the DCSS and the Y say that it's yielding positive measurable results in students attending Alice Coachman and Live Oak Elementary Schools.

The grant renewal was agreed to by Erin Hutchins, YMCA 21st Century CLC Program Director; Dr. David C. Mosely, Interim Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System; Mr. Norman E. Joyner, Interim CEO of the Albany Area YMCA; and J. J. Edge, Director of Community Outreach for the YMCA.

 The DCSS provided this information on the 21st Century Learning Center

The Albany Area YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program serves 125 children 1st -5th grade and their families. Due to the re-purpose of Magnolia Elementary School the program will now be located at Alice Coachman Elementary and Live Oak Elementary Schools. This will be the programs second year. 

The 21st Century program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

The program provides:

    Academic enrichment activities that can help students meet state and local achievement standards.

     A broad array of additional services designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program, such as: drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, character education programs, and service learning programs.
       

Educational Field Trips that provide a hands-on learning experience.  The purpose of this program is to expand the minds of our children and give them greater opportunities for learning as well as broaden their horizons through exposure so that they may be successful in the classroom and beyond.

We also implement literacy and related educational development services to the families of children who are served in the program as well as activities that promote parental involvement.

Through Family Programming we: Assist parents and families of participating children in becoming full partners in the education of their children; and

Positively impact family members' ability to engage in interactive literacy events.

 

2012 - 2013 Program Outcomes

The primary goal of the program was to improve academic performance of participating students in math and reading. Goal: 45% improvement. Outcome measures determined that:

82% of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after school program met or exceeded the state standard for reading. 

Another program goal was to improve classroom performance of participating students as well as classroom behavior. Goal: 60% improvement. Outcome measures determined that:

69% of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after school program improved their homework completion over the course of the school year to the classroom teachers' satisfaction.

76% of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after school program improved their classroom participation over the course of the school year to the classroom teachers' satisfaction.

56% of regularly attending students in the 21st CCLC after school program improved their classroom behavior over the course of the school year to the classroom teachers' satisfaction.

Since the 21st CCLC program is strongly-rooted in family involvement, a goal of the program was to increase parent participation in the educational process. Goal: Participation of 40 parents/guardians. Outcome measures determined that:

  • 42 adults attended at least one family literacy/education activity during the school year
  • 42 adults attended at least one program activity during the school year that promoted their child's success in school

Other performance measures of regularly attending students:

  • 43% improved their math grade
  • 30% improved their reading grade
  • 50% improved their language arts grade
  • 63% improved their science grade
  • 33% improved their social studies grade
  • 91% had no disciplinary referrals during the school year
  • 87% were promoted to the next grade

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