The Delaware Department of Education has awarded five new grants for afterschool and summer programs under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program grants are designed to provide students with enrichment activities to improve the academic success of students from Title I schools. Schools are designated as Title I based on high percentage of students who come from low-income families. The money comes from federal funds.

“These programs are possible because of collaboration between our schools and community partners,” said Secretary of Education Susan Bunting. “They are great examples of how we all can work together to provide fun, engaging and enriching learning activities for students outside of the regular school day.”

The 21st CCLC programs must serve students who attend schools that are eligible as Title I schoolwide programs. Subgrantees must offer opportunities for families to actively and meaningfully engage in their children’s education. Funding for 21st CCLCs is awarded through a competitive process. Applicants propose a program and budget based on the activities designed to meet the needs of their students. These grants are renewable for up to five years.

WHMS 21st WIN (What I Need) Program at William Henry Middle School in the Capital School District will provide an afterschool and summer program for 100 students in fifth and sixth grades. The program collaborates with Delaware State University, Wesley College, Junior Achievement, Kent County Community School, Kent County Parks & Recreation, Dover Police Athletic League, UD-4-H, Dover YMCA and the Delaware Department of Transportation TRAC Program. Activities such as sports, health, fitness, leadership, teamwork, goal setting, community service, financial literacy, the arts, theater, bilingual and Spanish language acquisition are incorporated into the program. Grant total is $320,000.

The Charter School of New Castle Mind and Body Program will provide an afterschool and summer program for 125 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Program partners include the New Castle County government and its Route 9 Library and Innovation Center and the YMCA. The program will include math league, chess club, interscholastic basketball, computer training, flag-football, step team, interscholastic volleyball, kung fu lessons, cheerleading, interscholastic soccer, music club, organized play for younger students and character development. Grant total is $400,000.

Great Oaks Charter School Afterschool and Summer Gladiators program will provide afterschool, summer and Saturday programing for 300 students in sixth through ninth grade, including high school sports, a comprehensive music program and specialized math and English language arts tutoring. Students also will engage in science, technology, arts, mathematics and engineering projects, as well as leadership and character development, $400,000.

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H at Milford Central Academy and Milford High School will provide an afterschool and summer program for 75 sixth through 12th grade students in Milford School District. Activities will focus on leadership, healthy living, college and career readiness, independent living skills, service learning opportunities, homework help, tutoring and hands-on enrichment activities. Grant total is $240,000.

Woodbridge School District’s Woodbridge Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program will provide an afterschool and summer program for 75 students in sixth through eighth grade. Students will receive focused homework assistance from certified teachers to ensure that work is not only being completed but also understood. Self-selected clubs focus on areas of student interest such as the arts, leadership and music. The program will have partnerships with the University of Delaware, the Bridgeville Public Library, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the Freeman Foundation and Heritage Shores. There will be mentoring opportunities from community members, as well. Grant total is $230,000.