Educational Insights 12.9.2013
Educational Insights 12.9.13
Posted on 12/10/2013

         The goals of the 21st CCLC grant are to: 1) improve student learning performance; 2) improve student social and behavioral skills; and 3) increase family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

          This grant enables parents to know their children will be cared for in a safe and nurturing environment before and/or after school, when they are unable to spend this valuable time with them.

Many families rely on our “CHAMPS-Creating Healthy and Mentally Positive Students” program if they have to leave early for work, need additional homework support, to provide a healthy after school snack, or as a safe environment when they are detained after school.

          The most recent annual evaluation report revealed benefits for all students participating in 21st CCLC programs. Student achievement improved when students attended an after school program. State reading test scores were higher for students who participated in these programs. Parents primarily enrolled their children for academic support and enrichment, and reported that these programs benefited their children.

          Carrie Hoagland, our 21st CCLC director, and her staff work diligently from 7:15 AM-6 PM (Mondays-Thursdays) and until 5 PM (Fridays) to be there for our kids and parents. Rates are based on family income and all children are welcome! They provide additional homework help, healthy snacks, creative, fitness, and technology activities in a safe setting!

          Community support of this important program is another important component in enriching the lives of our young people. Volunteers of America-Western NE, Garden County Chamber of Commerce, Garden County Ministerial Association, TeamMates’ Mentor Program,  and the University of NE-Extension Office all provide ongoing support to our CHAMPS’ kids in a variety of ways. We appreciate their support in helping us enrich the lives of our students and assist our families.

-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

psissel@gceagles.org