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21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program Grants

The Douglas County School System currently operates eight 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant Programs that serve 20 schools. These grants were awarded by the Georgia Department of Education through a competitive grant process. The 21st CCLC Program was developed to provide federal funds to local schools and organizations to operate after school programs for the purpose of:

  • Providing opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services for students
  • Offering students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities to reinforce and complement the regular academic program
  • Offering families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for literacy and related educational development
  • Targeting students who are in need of additional academic assistance

In July of 2015 DCSS was awarded a grant titled Lithia Cohort which serves Annette Winn, Beulah, and Lithia Springs Elementary Schools. The programs provided through this grant serve students in grades three through five. The STAR grant, awarded in July of 2014, serves 3rd - 5th graders at Arbor Station and Winston Elementary Schools, and Kindergarten - 5th graders at Dorsett Shoals Elementary. The Factory Transition grant serves 1st- 5th graders at Factory Shoals Elementary. The SUCCESS grant serves students in grades three through five at Bright Star and North Douglas Elementary Schools. These grants were awarded in July of 2014 and are funded for five years.

IMPACT Champ was awarded in July of 2014 and serves students at Chestnut Log and Mason Creek Middle Schools. The FOCUS grant serves students at Chapel Hill, Turner and Yeager Middle Schools. Factory Transition serves students at Factory Shoals Middle School. All six of these sites serve qualifying students in grades six through eight. These schools include a 6th grade transition component for students during the school year and summer.  Each of these grants are set to expire in June of 2019, the Douglas County School System has submitted a new application in the FY 20 DOE Request for Proposals due January 2019. Award notices will be released in May of 2019, with board approval in July 2019, if awarded.

The district was awarded two grants in July of 2017. One grant is called CHAMPS which serves students at Douglas County High School and Mason Creek Elementary. The second is the SOAR grant which serves students at Mt. Carmel Elementary, Sweetwater Elementary and Lithia Springs High School. These new grants focus on STEM and college and career readiness for students in grades 2nd - 5th for at the elementary sites and 9th-12th grade at the high schools. The two new grants are entering year two of a five year grant funding cycle. The school system does intend to apply for additional funding if a grant application cycle opens at the state level.

Each grant site provides students with a wide variety of after school activities such as academic tutoring, homework assistance, academic enrichment sessions, and cultural/fine arts education, technological and character education. The program also provides students with opportunities to participate in summer camp, field trips and presentations on topics such as life skills, academic motivation, college and career prospects, drug awareness, conflict resolution, and violence/gang prevention. All students receive a daily snack and are provided with transportation home each day. Strong emphasis is placed on intensive academic tutoring, remediation, acceleration, and enrichment activities. All activities correlate with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) to ensure program activities correlate with the school day and meet the individual needs of each participant.

For more information about the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, please contact Mitzi Teal, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Douglas County and the 21st CCLC Project Director, at 770.651.2039 or email her at mteal@cisga.org or mitzi.teal@dcssga.org. Please contact individual schools regarding student eligibility requirements.
 For questions or concerns in relation to program spending or suspected misappropriation of these federal dollars, please contact the Douglas County School System finance office or call 770-651-2262.

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) requires all grantees post the current external evaluation reports on the website. Each participating school will have the reports specific to their school. The following reports links are the end of year grant evaluation reports submitted to the DOE in June of 2018.

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