HARRISBURG (June 4, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that that ten schools in the Coatesville and Kennett areas will receive $950,000 in total state funding to offer extracurricular activities to students during non-school hours.

“Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends and these programs help continue to inspire and encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue their interests and find what sparks their curiosity and passion to learn,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “And they’re also a great way to bring families and communities into the school environment as an integral part of the learning, development, and growth of the next generation of leaders.”

The funds, which come through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant program and are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s are as follows:


  • $150,000 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit to support programs at Mary D. Lang, Bancroft, Greenwood, and New Garden Elementary Schools in the Kennett Consolidated School District.


  • $400,000 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit to support programs at Kennett Middle School and Kennett High School in the Kennett Consolidated School District.


  • $400,000 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit to support programs at East Fallowfield Elementary School, Kings Highway Elementary School, Rainbow Elementary School and the Gordon Center.

The 21st CCLC is a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers that provide academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. These opportunities must occur during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session to help students attending high-poverty and low-performing schools to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, to offer literacy and other educational services to their families.

Such enrichment opportunities may include:

  • Mentoring programs, remedial education activities, and tutoring services.
  • Literacy education programs, including financial literacy programs and environmental literacy programs.
  • Programs that support a healthy and active lifestyle, including nutritional education and regular, structured physical activity programs.
  • Services for individuals with disabilities;
  • Programs that provide after-school activities for students who are English learners that emphasize language skills and academic achievement;
  • Cultural programs.
  • Telecommunications and technology education programs.
  • Expanded library service hours.
  • Parenting skills programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy.
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to allow the students to improve their academic achievement.
  • Activities that enable students to be eligible for credit recovery or attainment;
  • Drug and violence prevention programs and counseling programs.
  • Programs that build skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including computer science, and that foster innovation in learning by supporting nontraditional STEM education teaching methods.
  • Programs that partner with in-demand fields of the local workforce or build career competencies and career readiness.

In addition to academics, 21st CCLC grantees may also use the funds to carry out a broad array of activities that advance student academic achievement and support student success, including before and after school, summer, Saturdays, and holiday programming. A minimum of 50 percent of daily programming must directly target reading, math, and science enrichment with the balance of activities occurring on a rotational basis.