More Than $2 Million In Grants Awarded To Chester And Delaware County Schools Says Killion

Awards will provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children

Senator Tom Killion (Chester and Delaware counties) announced today that more than $2 million in grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to 18 schools in Chester and Delaware counties to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.

“Providing children additional opportunities to improve their math and reading skills, particularly in disadvantaged communities, can make a remarkable difference in the lives of young people,” noted Killion.  “It is also an investment in Pennsylvania’s future workforce.”

The competitive grants were awarded in the latest round of the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative of PDE.  They support the creation of community learning centers which provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools. 

The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math and science; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

“Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.  “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs.  As a result more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education programs, among others.”

Killion reiterated the importance of these grants.

“In addition to skills and opportunities, these schools provide hope to the students and families,” Killion said.  “These resources will enable the schools to amplify their positive impact in the communities they serve, and I congratulate the awardees.”

A complete list of awardees follows.

June 4, 2019 Round
21st Century Community Learning Center Grants – Chester & Delaware counties
PA Department of Education

County  Grantee Amount Serving Schools School Districts
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $150,000 Mary D. Lang, Banroft, Greenwood and New Garden ES Schools Kennett Consolidated SD
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $400,000 Kennett MS and HS Kennett Consolidated SD
Chester Chester County Intermediate Unit $400,000 E. Fallowfield ES, Kings Hwy ES, Rainbow ES, Gordon Center Coatesville ASD
Delaware Chester Community Charter School $300,000 Chester Community CS Chestes Community CS
Delaware Chester Upland School District $400,000 Main ES, STEM Academy, Stetsen ES Chester Upland SD
Delaware Southeast Delco School District $399,180 Sharon Hill ES, Darby Township ES, Delcroft ES, Harris ES Southeast Delco SD
TOTAL   $2,049,180