A $5.4 million afterschool grant was awarded to the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, by the Texas Education Agency Texas Afterschool Centers on Education through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. The grant awards $1.8 million annually for three years and funds 10 afterschool centers, serving 800 students and 400 parents.
Collaborating school districts in the Cycle 9 grant award include Aldine, Alief, Clear Creek, Galena Park, Humble, Pasadena, Sheldon, Spring and Southwest Charter Schools. CASE for Kids is a division of Harris County Department of Education. It provides resources, trainings and funding for students in grades pre-k through 12 in afterschool programs in schools, child care facilities and community centers throughout Harris County.
Activities included in the afterschool programs include academic skill mastery, social-emotional learning, youth leadership, college exploration and family engagement.
Specific schools benefiting from the grant include Drew Academy and Marcella Intermediate in Aldine ISD; Albright Middle School in Alief ISD; Clear Creek Intermediate in Clear Creek ISD; North Shore 9th Grade in Galena Park ISD; Sterling Middle School in Humble ISD; South Houston Intermediate in Pasadena ISD; Null Middle School in Sheldon ISD; Southwest Middle School in charter school Southwest Schools; and Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD.
“We are grateful for this grant award, especially during times when public funding for afterschool is waning,” said Lisa Thompson-Caruthers, director of CASE for Kids. “Houston and Harris County are committed to providing safe and enriching programs for our youth. CASE for Kids continues to support that goal as we unite the community.”
About the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids: CASE for Kids, formerly the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, was launched by Harris County Department of Education in 1999. CASE for Kids is an after-school intermediary which leverages community resources and strengthens the capacity of the out-of-school time field. Services benefit approximately 12,000 kids in greater Harris County. CASE for Kids programs happen before and after school, on weekends and during the summer. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org for information.
About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: www.hcde-texas.org.