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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 17, 1998
                  President Clinton Announces New Efforts
                 to Keep Children Safe and Help them Learn 
                         in the After-School Hours

                               June 17, 1998

Today, President Clinton will unveil new efforts to keep our children safe and help them learn after school. He will announce nearly $40 million in new grants to establish or expand after-school programs in communities across the country through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program -- a program he has proposed dramatically expanding in order to reach up to half a million children each year. The President will also release a new report that shows that quality after-school programs can both decrease juvenile crime and improve children's academic performance.

New Grants to Communities Will Support After-School Initiatives Throughout the Country. Today, the President will announce nearly $40 million in new grants to establish 21st Century Community Learning Center school-based after-school programs for our nation's children. The 98 grants will enable 315 rural and inner-city schools in 36 states to provide programs after school, and during weekends and summers, in safe, drug-free and supervised environments. This was one of the most highly competitive programs ever managed by the Department of Education: the Department received nearly 2,000 applications to fund programs in over 6,000 schools in every state in the country. Only 1 out of 20 applicants received grants this year.

New Report Shows After-School Programs Can Lower Juvenile Crime, and Improve Academic Performance. President Clinton will also release a new report titled Safe and Smart: Making the After-School Hours Work for Kids, by the Departments of Justice and Education. The report shows that after-school programs work; many communities that have adopted after-school initiatives have experienced lower juvenile crime rates and lower tobacco, drug, and alcohol use among young people. The report also shows that quality after-school programs improve academic performance -- helping more children stay in school, increasing aspirations for college, and lowering the number of children who must be kept back. In addition, the report identifies key components of high-quality programs, and highlights model after-school initiatives. Safe and Smart will be sent to community-based organizations and every school district in the country in order to help them address the huge demand for after-school programs.

A Huge Demand for After-school Programs. Over 28 million school-age children have both parents or their single parent in the workforce. At least 5 million children -- and possibly as many as 15 million -- are left alone at home each week. Experts agree that school-age children who are unsupervised during the hours after school are far more likely to use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, commit crimes, receive poor grades, and drop out of school than those who are involved in supervised, constructive activities.

Statistics show that most juvenile crime takes place between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and that children are also at much greater risk of being the victim of crime during the hours after school.

President Clinton's Child Care Agenda Building on What Works for Kids. As part of his balanced budget request, the President proposed to invest $200 million each year, for a total of $1 billion over five years, in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, in order to reach up to half a million children. (The program is currently funded at $40 million for FY 1998.) The President's proposal requires that schools work closely with community organizations in establishing these programs, and includes a set-aside of up to 10 percent of funds for community-based organizations to establish or expand their own after-school programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is part of the President's historic child care initiative, which would invest over $20 billion over five years to help working families pay for child care, improve the safety and quality of care, and promote early learning.

The First Lady
Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
Senator James Jeffords (R-VT)
Tom Frazier, Baltimore Police Commissioner Gloria Nava, Air Force Technical Sergeant, San Antonio, Texas President Clinton


                  21st Century Community Learning Centers
         Seven Examples of Efforts to Keep Our Kids Safe and Smart

Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore, Maryland
$794,254 first year/$2,438,469 total funding

AAA Community Learning Centers (After-Care, Access, and Achievement) will be established at four middle schools to create extended school day and extended year programs, which will focus on tutoring in reading, math, and writing, as well as computer education. These learning centers will work to improve student's academic performance, a concern of the community. Marjorie Marie Mayor, Coordinator of Title I and Child Care Services, will attend the announcement at the White House.

Barre City School District
Barre, Vermont
$200,000 first year/$600,000 total funding

The Cityscape program at Barre City Elementary and Middle Schools will help students who are at high academic risk, between grades 5 and 8, by teaching reading, mathematics, science and social studies. The program will also include violence prevention, substance abuse education and counseling. The focus of this initiative is to reduce at-risk behavior and to improve the academic performance of participating children. Thomas T. Hayward, Director of Washington County Youth Bureau, will attend the White House event.

School District of Bayfield
Bayfield, Wisconsin
$262,500 first year/$787,500 total funding

The Lighthouse Project will provide educational, social and cultural programs for middle school students, including tutoring in reading, technology education programs, social services, parent education and recreation. The project has two major goals: to improve the academic achievement of all participants and to excite them about their future work opportunities. Bruce La Rose, District Administrator, will be in attendance at the White House announcement.

Olympic Educational Service District 114 Bremerton, Washington
$759,917 first year/$2,279,751 total funding

The Rural Western Washington Consortium of Community Learning Centers is a collaboration between six rural schools and two Educational Service Districts. The community has been plagued by academic failure, juvenile crime, rising tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and gang involvement. The Learning Centers will offer a safe environment and variety of educational activities for underserved youth in grades 6-9. Planned activities include: technology programs; integrated education, health, social service and recreation programs; and vocational education. Superintendent Frank M. Deebach will attend.

San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco, California
$785,859 first year/$2,357,577 total funding

The San Francisco Unified School District's Office of Youth Development and four middle schools will implement the Learning Centers for Learning Communities initiative in the Bayview, Hunters Point, Mission and Visitacion Valley Enterprise Communities. This effort will expand after-school, weekend and summer programs, with a particular focus on youth at risk of gang involvement and substance abuse; improve literacy and math skills among students at risk of academic failure; expand access to technology; and expand access to parenting education. John Flores, a Coordinator for the initiative at Visitacion Valley Middle School, will attend.

Marshalltown Community School District
Marshalltown, Iowa
$382,092 first year/$1,146,276 total funding

The Caring Connection Project will provide services through before- and after-school programs and summer recreation, including tutoring and homework support, substance abuse and violence prevention, outreach to "unconnected" students and their families and adult education programs. Marshalltown is a rural community in Central Iowa that is partnering with several community agencies, local businesses and the local community college to establish these initiatives in two middle schools. Todd Redalen, Coordinator of the Caring Connection, will attend the White House event.

Jefferson County School District
Fayette, Mississippi
$448,409 first year/$1,345,227 total funding

As part of a consortium with Claiborne and Franklin County School Districts, Jefferson County leads the Tri-County After School Community Learning Centers Program, serving 300 students in grades 5-8 from rural and sparsely populated poor communities. After-school and summer programs will provide targeted help in reading, math, science, technology, and telecommunications, along with tutoring, field-trips, and parenting classes. Superintendent of Education John E. Dickey will attend the White House event.


           21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)
                                1998 Awards

              State Estimated First Year/Total Year Funding

Bellingrath Junior High School, Montgomery $599,704/$1,799,112
Star Search, an after-school and summer program, offers support activities to both students as well as parents.

Huntsville City Schools, Huntsville
Camp Success offers students academic support in a summer and extended day program.

Mobile County Little Rock District, Mobile $505,174/$1,515,522
The Links to Success project links a variety of services within the community to the schools.

Little Rock School District, Little Rock $380,401/$1,027,323
Little Rock LEADERS provides academic support as well as medical services and adult education.

Alhambra Elementary School District, Phoenix $348,246/$1,044,738
The Kids-At-Work Neighborhood Learning Center fosters academic growth with parental support.

Amphitheater Public Schools, Tucson
Camp MID provides youth with comprehensive extended day, intersession and summer school programs.

Coolidge Unified School District, Coolidge $159,241/$472,975
The Coolidge 21st CCLC programs target improved academic performance and help parents acquire parenting skills.

Red Mesa Unified School District, Teec Nos Pos $495,795/$1,420,171
The Red Mesa 21st CCLC encourages family participation in academics and cultural activities.

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District, Rio Rico $185,887/$504,461
The Calabasas Middle School 21st CCLC plans to produce higher test scores and increase parent literacy skills.

Tucson Unified School District, Tucson
Project Sano y Salvo provides integrated drug and violence reduction and enrichment programs.

Alum Rock Union Elementary School, San Jose $239,116/$671,475
The ARUSD 21st CCLC focuses on education in the After-School Homework Centers.

Desert Sands Unified School District, La Quinta $196,438/$591,814
The Digital-Family Project uses educational software and various on-line services to conduct after school classes.

Emery Unified School District, Emeryville $100,379/$268,297
The Emery Middle School District CLC plans to reduce juvenile crime and substance abuse through achievement.

Golden Plains Unified School District, San Joaquin $253,613/$760,839
Project PACT provides literacy education, encourages physical fitness, and promotes drug and violence prevention.

Hayward Unified School District, Hayward $347,673/$1,043,019
The Hayward 21st CCLC engages students in art, recreation, academic enrichment, and technology, with mentors.

Lake County Office of Education, Upper Lake $286,818/$829,214
The Community & Family Network provides life skills curriculum, community service, and mentoring.

Modesto City Schools, Modesto
The Modesto 21st CCLC will offer links from school to work, including employment training, and placement.

Oakland Charter Academy, Oakland
The La Familia Center offers leadership development, computer skills, and workplace visits.

Oakland Unified School District, Oakland $310,000/$930,000
The Renaissance Quartette offers visual and performing arts programs, and school-to-school transition programs.

Ontario-Monclair School District, Ontario $117,000/$351,000
The Cougar 21st CCLC has summer and weekend literacy programs and parenting classes.

San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco $785,859/$2,357,577
The Learning Centers for Learning Communities plans for technology, as well as theater/creative writing programs.

Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Ana $600,000/$1,800,00
The Santa Ana Youth Empowerment CLC will offer a neighborhood advisory council and an integrated academy.

Sausalito School District, Sausalito
The ACE Program arranges drug prevention, adult literacy, and family oriented recreation and cultural activities.

Denver School District #1, Denver
The Denver 21st CCLC includes School-to-Career services, technology training, and employment services.

Danbury Board of Education, Danbury
The Danbury 21st CCLC will support academic learning and positive role models in a structured environment.

Hartford Public Schools, Hartford
The Hartford Public School System plans to offer tutoring, as well as development in the areas of math and reading.

Waterbury School District, Waterbury
The After School Option provides academic assistanc, in addition to enrichment programs for students.

Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville $800,000/$2,400,000
The Duval County 21st Century CLC provides activities based on experiential learning of skills.

Pinellas County School Board, Largo
The 21st CCLC includes science exploration using field studies, and enrichment in the arts.

Miami-Dade County School Board, Miami
The Miami-Dade CLC addresses students' educational and employment needs, while keeping kids safe.

Ben Hill County School System, Fitzgerald $145,879/$392,785
The Ben Hill County CLC will develop intervention, remediation, and prevention of youth problems.

Alton Community Unit School District #11, Alton $598,920/$1,796,760
The 21st Century CLC allows students and parents access to the computer center and athletic events.

East Louis Board of Education School District #189, East St. Louis $390,000/$1,170,000
The East St. Louis CLC offers an academically oriented after-school program, in addition to recreational opportunities.

Lincoln Elementary School District #27, Lincoln $127,035/$464,742
Time for Our Children provides mentoring, training for child-care personnel, and workshops on health/nutrition.

Prairie-Hills Elementary School District, Markham $200,000/$600,000
The PHASER project focuses on parental involvement in its summer and after-school programs.

New Albany-Floyd County Consortium School Corp., New Albany $79,070/$237,210
Lillian Emery 21st Century Learning Village offers technology education, and senior citizen services.

Marshalltown Community School, Marshalltown $382,092/$1,146,276
The Caring Connection provides drug abuse and violence intervention, adult education, and outreach to families.

Lawrence Unified School District 497, Lawrence $347,005/$1,041,015
The Central School Project includes academic enrichment, a life skills program, and recreation.

Clinton County School District, Albany
The Clinton County 21st CCLC engages youth in academic activities and parents in GED classes and job training.

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelbyville $600,000/$1,800,000
The Ohio Valley 21st CCLC has activities in recreation, arts, clubs, health/nutrition, and technology.

Wayne County, Monticello
The Wayne County 21st CCLC will provide personalized and individualized subject instruction to students.

Maine School Administrative District #46, Dexter $511,763/$1,501,763
The Maine 21st CCLC focuses on reducing drug use and violence among rural youth.

Baltimore County Public Schools, Towson $794,254/$2,438,469
The AAA CLC provides a safe extended school day and extended year program that emphasizes academic success.

Armada Area Schools, Armada
The Middle School Clubhouse Consortium Partners will establish a network of middle school computer classes.

Benton Harbor Area Schools, Benton Harbor $160,816/$482,448
The Benton Harbor 21st CCLC will produce stronger literacy, technology and conflict resolution skills.

Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids $620,613/$1,865,562
The Grand Rapids Middle School CLC will offer programs after school hours, during the week and on the weekend.

Highland Park School District, Highland Park $373,850/$1,126,371
The Highland Park CLC provides recreational, educational, and enrichment activities to serve the community.

St. Paul Public Schools, ISD #625, St. Paul $198,750/$595,722
Achievement Plus Family Learning plans to improve achievement in 4th - 8th grades and offer parental skills training.

Humphrey's County School District, Belzoni $478,050/$1,439,668
The Humphreys County 21st CCLC will offer mentoring, safety programs, and drug abuse and violence prevention.

Jackson Public School District, Jackson $551,048/$1,653,144
21st CCLC will offer enrichment to the community during afternoons, evenings, Saturdays, and the summer.

Jefferson County School District, Fayette $448,409/$1,345,227
The Tri-County After School CLC plans tutorial assistance, educational enrichment, and field trip experiences.

New Albany PublicSchool District, New Albany $189,805/$570,437
The Community Connections Project includes parent education, alternative education, and youth apprenticeship.

Independence School District, Independence $191,100/$573,300
21st CCLC establishes an after school literacy program to avoid the problem of latch key kids.

Seneca R-7 School District, Seneca
The Seneca 21st CCLC sites offer a wide variety of education, cultural, social services, and health activities.

St. Louis Public Schools, Saint Louis
Connections for Youth: A 21st Century CLC Program provides an after-school academic and recreation program.

Leap Academy Charter School, Camden
LEAP Academy 21st CCLC focuses on extending the school day and enhancing weekend and summer programs.

Newark Public Schools, Newark
Newark Public Schools 21st Century CLC provides nutrition, health programs, and technology education programs.

Plainfield Board of Education, Plainfield $414,520/$1,243,560
The Plainfield Partnership for Learning provides integrated education, literacy courses, and parenting skills.

Union City Board of Education, Union City $200,000/$600,000
The Washington School CLC includes arts/drama, conflict resolution training, and social service counseling.

Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque $458,504/$1,375,512
The Connections for Learning Family Focus Centers include a site-based computer lab and home lending program.

Springer Municipal Schools, Springer
The Springer CLC will focus on reading, writing, and computer skills, using a learning center.

Community School District 5, New York
The Literacy Plus Centers provides expanded library hours, computer classes, and integrated education.

Community School District 7, Bronx
At Super Saturday Plus, youth engage in instructional technology, art/drama, and recreation.

Ithaca City School District, Ithaca
A Bridge Across Cultures intends to reduce drug abuse, violence, and self-destructive behaviors.

New York City Board of Education, New York $150,000/$435,000
Family Enrichment Center for Continued Education includes exercise classes and cultural enrichment.

Watauga County Board of Education, Boone $102,927/$308,773
The Watauga LEADERS includes mentoring, recreational activities, and technology education.

North Valley Vo-Tech Center, Grafton
The Westview CLC will improve academic achievement, arts education, and fitness for kids.

East Cleveland School District, East Cleveland $194,583/$583,749
The Kirk Community Learning Center will provide health education, computer technology, and career preparation.

Port Clinton City Schools, Port Clinton $100,000/$323,062
Port Clinton 21st CCLC offers adolescents after-school education, enrichment, and health and wellness services.

Cushing Public Schools, Cushing
The Cushing CLC has specialized career information and skills, and age-appropriate recreational activities.

Oklahoma City Public School District I-89, Oklahoma City $459,525/$1,284,772
The OKC CLC provides educational, recreational, cultural, life skills, arts, and community service experiences.

Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, Hominy $407,348/$1,063,704
Project BRIDGE will provide after-hours activities that offer significant expanded learning opportunities.

Jackson County School District #6, Central Point $125,980/$568,958
The Options Project includes extended day activities, monthly family nights, and evening classes.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Salem
The Lighted Middle Schools will expand to create school-based community learning centers.

McCormick County School District #1, McCormick $556,032/$1,553,458
The Alliance for Rural Kids improves academic progress in reading, mathematics and science.

Richland County School District #1, Columbia $364,571/$1,093,713
Connections: Improving Academic Achievement focuses on computer technology, sports and community services.

Spartanburg School District #3, Glendale $889,737/$2,610,197
Addressing the Three Faces of Need promotes a union of school and out-of-school services to improve achievement.

Todd County School District, Mission
The Todd County 21st CCLC focuses on integrated education, employment counseling, job training, and technology.

Hamilton County Board of Education, Chattanooga $650,177/$1,950,531
The Lights On focuses on guiding the healthy development of children, while providing a safe haven.

Memphis City School, Memphis
21st Century CLC moves students through four modules focused on learning and using technology to solve problems.

Crosbyton Consolidated Independent School District, Crosbyton $48,300/$118,900
The Hub of the CLC will offer parenting, after-school, and summer recreation programs.

Houston Independent School District, Houston $2,279,838/$6,554,588
Houston Builds Strong Communities focuses on family literacy and equitable access to technology for kids.

Irving Independent School District, Irving $103,026/$290,078
The Austin Middle School CLC plans homework assistance, counseling and guidance courses, and technology classes.

Martin's Mill Independent School District, Ben Wheeler $148,217/$482,577
The PRIDE Center allows students to participate in academic enrichment activities, such as math, reading and science.

North East Independent School District, San Antonio $200,000/$600,000
The Nimitz Academy CLC will participate in academic improvement, career awareness, and community service.

Rio Hondo Independent School District, Rio Hondo $199,574/$598,772
The Rio Hondo 21st CCLC prepares to provide literacy, technology, and extended school programs.

Board of Education Ogden School District, Ogden $300,000/$900,000
The Community CARES Learning Center coordinates community efforts in child care and summer programs.

San Juan School District, Blanding
San Juan School District 21st Century CLC will follow a hands-on, active learning framework in small settings.

Barre City School District, Barre
Cityscape will work to achieve out-of-school learning opportunities, and decrease gaps in community services.

Olympic Educational Service District 114, Bremerton $759,917/$2,279,751
The Olympic 21st CCLC plans technology programs, vocational exploration, and social services.

Renton School District #403, Renton
The Renton CLC project serves students with academic, recreation, arts, and social support services

Gilmer County Board of Education, Glenville $298,400/$895,200
The Gilmer County Lighted Schools Project benefits educational, social, cultural, health, and recreational needs.

Monongalia County Schools, Morgantown
The Kaleidoscope CLC trains parents to help at after-school and summer centers where students receive mentoring.

Ritchie County Board of Education, Harrisville $135,843/$349,443
The CLEAR project provides after-school youth remediation in addition to adult education.

Kenosha United School District No. 1, Kenosha $375,410/$1,126,230
Kenosha 21st CCLC provides activities to improve academic skills and prevent drug abuse or gang involvement.

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee
The Milwaukee CLC provides recreation and academic assistance.

Racine Unified School District, Racine
The Racine CLC provides academic support and social activities for its students in a safe environment.

School District of Bafield, Bayfield
The Lighthouse Project plans to advance the academic and educational skills of all its participants.


                 21st Century Community Learning Centers--
                             1998 Grant Awards

State # of Applicants # of Grantees

     Alabama                        30                        3
     Alaska                         20                        0
     Arizona                        70                        6
     Arkansas                       31                        1
     California                    165                       13
     Colorado                       42                        1
     Connecticut                    20                        3
     District of Columbia            9                        0
     Delaware                        4                        0
     Florida                        36                        3
     Georgia                        50                        1
     Hawaii                         14                        0
     Iowa                           33                        1
     Idaho                          12                        0
     Illinois                       63                        4
     Indiana                        21                        1
     Kansas                         28                        1
     Kentucky                       71                        3
     Louisiana                      20                        0
     Maine                          29                        1
     Maryland                       25                        1
     Massachusetts                  41                        0
     Michigan                       72                        4
     Minnesota                      37                        1
     Mississippi                    33                        4
     Missouri                       46                        3
     Montana                        25                        0
     Nebraska                        8                        0
     Nevada                         10                        0
     New Hampshire                  10                        0
     New Jersey                     42                        4
     New Mexico                     28                        2
     New York                      103                        4
     North Carolina                 46                        1
     North Dakota                   16                        1
     Ohio                           51                        2
     Oklahoma                       56                        3
     Oregon                         41                        2
     Pennsylvania                   53                        0
     Puerto Rico                     5                        0
     Rhode Island                    7                        0
     South Carolina                 44                        3
     South Dakota                   28                        1
     Tennessee                      39                        2
     Texas                          99                        6
     Utah                           18                        2
     Virginia                       33                        0
     Vermont                        23                        1
     Washington                     60                        2
     West Virginia                  24                        3
     Wisconsin                      49                        4
     Wyoming                        15                        0
     Island Territories              4                        0
     Total                        1959                       98