Competitive after school funds released from state

 Bridgeport, Stamford, Milford and Norwalk are among 18 communities that will share in awards totaling $8,490,000 over the biennium to support 26 after school programs. 

 The competitive grants were part of the state budget adopted by the legislature last spring.

 They are funds programs like Bridgeport’s Lighthouse after school program count on, said Tammy Papa, director of a program that operates out of 24 schools.

 “It helps meet the overall cost,” said Papa. “The grant is competitive so there is always a chance we won’t be chosen.  We submitted two applications to support a total of six after school programs and both were selected.”

Bridgeport will get $376,504 in each of the next two years between the two grants it was awarded.

The grants will support 26 after-school programs in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Enfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Stafford, Stamford, Waterbury, Winchester, and Windham districts.

 In a written statement, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, said, “Growing existing programs that work and creating new after-school options not only creates a safe environment for our young people, but further supports our ceaseless efforts to level the playing field and begin to eliminate the devastating achievement gap.”

  Programs funded are ones that are designed to complement the student’s in-school academic programming and to provide opportunities for parental or guardian involvement.  Most offer tutoring, mentoring, homework help and enrichment opportunities.  Some also offer music, art, sports and cultural activities as well as character education, counseling; or drug, violence and pregnancy prevention programs.

After-School Program Grant Recipients for 2013-14 and 2014-15 School Years





FY 14 & FY 15



BLOOMFIELD   Carmen Arace Intermediate School (CAIS) – Journeys


BRIDGEPORT   City of Bridgeport Lighthouse Program at Jettie Tisdale, Multicultural Magnet and Roosevelt


BRIDGEPORT   City of Bridgeport Lighthouse Program at Blackham, Discovery & Hallen


HARTFORD   Organized Parents Make A Difference (OPMAD) After-school Program at Kennelly


HARTFORD   Organized Parents Make A Difference (OPMAD) After-school Program at Batchelder


LITCHFIELD   Before and After School Enrichment Services (BASES)


MIDDLETOWN   Kid’s Korner, McDonough School


NEW BRITAIN   New Britain Parks and Recreation Department: Every Kid Counts After-school Program


NORWALK   Helping Youth Through Responsive Education (HYRE)


STAFFORD   Programs After School in Stafford (PASS)


WATERBURY   After-school Program


WINCHESTER   CHAMPS After-school Program


WINDHAM   Windham Before & After-school Extended Literacy Program


WINDHAM   Community Arts Connection


BLOOMFIELD   Carmen Arace Middle School: Youth Academy


EAST HARTFORD   Crossroads Middle School After-school Program


ENFIELD   JFK After-school Center


MILFORD      West Shore Achieves Visionary Education After-school Program


NEW HAVEN   Above and Beyond: Common Ground’s After-school Learning Center


NEW HAVEN   Co-Op After-school


NORWICH   After-school Programming Inspiring Real World Education


OLD LYME   Enlace y Refuerzo de Aprendizaje (ERA) After-school Program


STAMFORD   Aspiring Leadership Through Action (ALTA)


STAMFORD   After-school Titans (AST)


NORWALK   Choices for Success After-school Program


WATERBURY   STEM After-school Program at Northend Middle School






Linda Lambeck