New Haven Public Schools
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Extended and After School Learning Opportunities
Extended Learning Opportunities: Focuses on providing students and families with increased access to extended learning opportunities through summer programming, Saturday Academy, after-school programming, and mentoring. Through Youth, Family, and Community Engagement (YFCE) initiatives, we have increased the number of participants engaged in Saturday Academy from 250 students to 400 students during the 2019 – 2020 school year. A series of sessions on digital photography and videography using cell phones. Students will learn various terms and techniques utilizing digital media to create photos, GIFs, and videos to express themselves. Students will be able to develop their own stories and themes, including social justice or current topics, and learn how to share on social media. Each summer YFCE hosts summer school for approximately 100 high at-risk students in grades 9-12, who engage in creative activities inclusive of credit retrieval courses which assist them toward graduation. Activities also include arts and crafts, digital media, culinary, social–emotional learning, music theory, and hands-on STEM activities. During the summer of 2020 the program expanded to include approximately fifty 6 – 8 graders from throughout the city.
Extended School Hours (ESH) funds enabled Bishop Woods School to implement a mentoring group for girls, and a mentoring group for boys was established at Celentano School. ESH funds extended the Theatre program, through Arts for Learning CT, for students attending the John Daniels Afterschool program. ESH supports various programs that NHPS students attend, such as New Haven Reads, Music Haven, ARTE, The Justice Education Center, CT Violence Intervention Program (Street Outreach), and Eli Whitney Museum.
21st Century Afterschool Programs: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant is a competitive grant that provides federal funding for academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. 21st CCLC programs must offer students and their families a broad array of activities that can complement the regular day academic programs.
The 21st CCLC grant is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The 21st CCLC grant is administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and provides funding to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities. In addition to academics, 21st CCLC grantees may also offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as counseling, character education, drug and violence prevention programming, art, music, recreation activities, technology education and family engagement activities.
During the 2020-21 school year, 21st CCLC grant money funded programs at 9 schools that provided academic and enrichment opportunities for approximately 600 students and 75 parents. For participants who attended 30 or more days of programming, a Federal Teacher Survey was completed by the student’s daytime instructor. A summary of survey responses for the 2019-20 program year can be accessed by clicking on the following links. Brennan, Barnard, and Celentano are currently in the first year of funding and their attendance will be reported in the 2020-2021 report.
- Wexler-Grant Community School 2019-2020
- Augusta Troupe School 2019-2020
- Bishop Woods School 2019-2020
- Davis School 2019-2020
- East Rock Global Magnet School 2019-2020
- John Daniels School 2019-2020
State Afterschool Grants (SAG): These two year grants are to implement or expand high-quality programs outside school hours that offer educational enrichment and recreational activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of students in grades K-12. NHPS currently has four SAG sites. The sites are Fair Haven School, Columbus, Hill Central, and John Martinez. Each site provides afterschool programming for approximately 50 students. The sites provide homework help and fun activities the students can engage in. activities include Theatre, STEM, swimming lessons, arts and crafts and a new parent engagement activity which includes sewing lessons and activities at Fair Haven in collaboration with MakeHaven Inc.
Afterschool in Connecticut
- 60% of parents agree that afterschool programs help children gain workforce skills.
- 96% of parents in Connecticut are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
- 86% of Connecticut parents support public funding for afterschool programs.
- 74% of parents agree that afterschool programs help parents keep their jobs