The Troy City School District is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of the Empire State After School Grant. The grant allows for each District elementary school to host its own after school program, resulting in additional learning time for students throughout Troy.
The after school program will offer dinner each night, academic support, and mindfulness and enrichment activities to students in Grades K – 5. The Troy YMCA, Troy Boys and Girls Club and the Albany Jewish Community Center will partner with the District to provide these services.
The District will receive $1,416,000 per year for five years totaling $7,080,000. A total of $35 million was made available to eligible districts throughout the state through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
After school programs like these provide safe environments to serve underrepresented students beyond the normal school day. They are associated with higher academic achievement and graduation rates which leads to success in both college and careers. They have also shown to decrease juvenile crime.
Administrators are hopeful the after school program will help continue the upward trend the District has seen in recent years.
“We are proud of our rising graduation rates and the fact that we have eliminated the achievement gap between white and minority students,” said Superintendent John Carmello. “This is thanks in part to our high quality programs and an unrelenting focus on efficacy on every level within the District. We are optimistic that The Empire State After School program will be yet another piece of the puzzle towards the increasing success of our students.”
The first year of the program is scheduled to begin January 16 and will run through June 19. 2018. Space is limited. Parents/guardians must complete an application and survey for each child they wish to enroll by December 22.
Visit our Elementary After School Program webpage for additional information.