Millions awarded for community learning centers in Philly, suburbs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has just announced almost $20 million in grants given statewide to fund "community learning centers" for at-risk students.  The funds will go to organizations across the state, including several in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.

"The intent of this grant is to fund the establishment and sustainability of community learning centers that provide additional educational services to students in high-poverty and low-performing schools," education secretary Ronald Tomalis said in a statement. "The entities which were selected to receive funding provide educational opportunities that complement, supplement and enhance the work being done in the classroom."

It was a competitive grant process, with 101 applications received and 61 federally-funded awards made.

Applicants provide opportunities students might not receive at school or at home, the state said.

In Philadelphia,the awardees are:

Allegheny West Foundation, $180,000, City Year Inc., $292,786, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., $500,000, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., $499,999, Education Works, $500,000, Esperanza Academy Charter High School, $278,376, Foundations Inc., $432,000, Girard College, $158,532, KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, $149,852, New Kingdom Baptist Church, $486,000, Northern Home for Children, $90,000, Olney Charter High School, $499,058, Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, $149,937, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, $451,100, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, $112,500 Scholarship in Progress, $383,478, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc., $328,429, To Our Children’s Future With Health Inc., $305,616, United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, $96,000, Widener Partnership Charter School, $114,061, Young Scholars Frederick Douglas Charter School, $480,000

In Bucks County, the awardees are:

Lower Bucks Family YMCA, $194,997, the Morrisville Borough School District, $499,978, United Way of Bucks County, $364,000

In Chester County, the Coatesville Area School District will receive $252,793

In Delaware County, the Chester-Upland School District will get $158,309 and Southeast Delco School District, $377,320.

In Montgomery County, Carson Valley Children’s Aid will be given $120,000, the Norristown Area School District will get $486,606 and the Pottstown School District will get $500,000.