STATEHOUSE-The East Allen Family Resource Center received a $208,870 grant thanks to the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program.
The grant money is to be used to create or expand a community learning center. 21st CCLC gives children an opportunity to raise their education level to meet state and local academic standards in reading and math.
The 21st CCLC grant money was selected to be used by public school districts, community-based organizations, public/private organizations, faith-based organizations, or a combination of those.
"As a former educator, the education of our youth is extremely important to me, and I know you feel the same way," Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) said. "Students have various styles and speeds of learning. They come to school with different abilities and readiness. It is those differences that make a place like the East Allen Family Resource Center so important to our community. The additional assistance and help they offer to students outside the classroom is a bonus to their growth as a student and an individual."
The East Allen Family Resource Center has been assisting the academic development of students grades K-8 since its doors opened in 1966. The resource center also offers pre-kindergarten preparation to children ages 3-4. After school and summer programs are also available to students to aid them with their homework, education and personal development-such as babysitting, cooking, and proper nutrition.
"The East Allen Family Resource Center is an asset to our community and to our children's future." Rep. Pond said. "Receiving this grant is a positive for our community and our students."